Located in one of Europe's most elegant capital cities, Budapest, accredited in both the USA and Europe, CEU offers a uniquely international atmosphere of academic excellence, critical reflection, and social engagement.
CEU students come from over 100 countries of five continents, our faculty - from 30 countries. There is no predominant national majority. This uniquely international atmosphere is one of the most appealing aspects of our student life. Any CEU graduate has an international network of personal and professional contacts enhancing their lives and careers.
CEU stresses both academic excellence and public policy relevance of its teaching and research. We focus on key issues of the 21st century ranging from climate change to democratic governance and from international security to deeper understanding of history and philosophy.
CEU and all its degree programs are registered and accredited in the US. The University and an increasing number of its programs are also accredited in Hungary. In addition, several CEU degrees are awarded jointly with other leading European universities. Thus, CEU education is globally recognized and highly valued opening unique career prospects for its graduates all over the world.
At CEU every student is important. We have an exceptional student:faculty ratio of 7:1. CEU is committed to a student-centered, in-depth learning experience emphasizing personal growth and intellectual development. Students are encouraged to be creative and independent thinkers, lifetime learners, and active citizens.
CEU is committed to promoting merit, not privilege, and our unparalleled financial aid program has therefore always been extensive and generous – enabling equal opportunity for admission, regardless of income. Financial aid in form of tuition waivers and three-year stipends (worth 8,500 euro per year) is provided to virtually all PhD students. 15% of CEU Master’s students pay no fees and are on a full stipend of 5800 Euro, per annum; 51% pay no fees and are on a partial stipend of 3,800 Euro, per annum; 11% are granted a fee waivers. In addition, 20% of students receive external scholarships, including Erasmus Mundus.