General Admissions FAQ
Note: Should you have questions regarding the online application form, read the CEU Online Application Form FAQ
How do I apply?
Please review the application procedure here.
How long after the closing date will a decision be made?
Most admission decisions should be available by April 2014. In the cases of Erasmus Mundus programs, some doctoral programs, and any individual programs with extended deadlines, the notification dates may significantly differ.
How will I learn the outcome of my application?
The relevant departmental decision will be posted in your online application ("Track your status").
If my application is turned down, can I contact you to learn the reasons?
Sorry, as a matter of policy, we cannot provide an explanation as to why an application has been rejected.
What funding opportunities are available?
CEU awards an extensive range of financial packages to support its students. Please review them here.
How are your programs organized? What is the duration of my program of study?
- One-year Master's degree programs at CEU typically run for ten months, admitting students who have a four-year Bachelor's degree. The programs include an orientation session, two 12-week semesters, and a two-month Spring Session where students prepare their thesis or research.
- Two-year Master's degree programs at CEU, typically admitting students who have a three-year Bachelor's degree, are increasing in number. For details, please consult the web pages of the relevant departments.
- CEU doctoral programs, typically for students with a Master's degree in a related field, normally take between three and six years to complete. First year: students must complete the taught course credits specified by their department. Dependent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive examination and a dissertation proposal (or an extensive research paper), students are approved for full doctoral candidacy. Years two to five: the period of doctoral candidacy, in which the student pursues research toward the dissertation. For further information, see University Doctoral Regulations.
Can I request deferment of admission?
Deferment of admission is not a standard option for admitted students at CEU. Individual departments may sometimes allow deferment for exceptionally qualified candidates at their discretion.
Are there admission quotas for certain countries or regions?
No. CEU admits students based on a combination of academic merit, professional experience, and demonstrated preparation for their intended degree programs.
Does CEU consider late applications?
Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and can be submitted only with the relevant department's approval. If you have this approval, contact the Admissions Office in order to receive a late waiver code that you will need to submit an online application for a program for which the deadline has passed.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes. Waitlisted applicants who need a visa to study in Hungary will be notified about their status by June 30th at the latest. Waitlisted candidates needing no visa may be offered admission as late as a few days prior to the beginning of the academic year.
May a student with a three-year Bachelor's degree apply to a one-year Master's program at CEU?
Students with a three-year Bachelor's should apply for two-year Master's programs. If there is no two-year Master's option offered in the subject or field they are interested in, they may apply to the one-year program. Even so, their admission will be subject to the approval of the Academic Pro-Rector.
I would like to earn a PhD at CEU while completing one at my home university at the same time. Is this possible?
No. Students enrolled in doctoral programs at CEU may not be enrolled at other universities.
Have more questions?
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