• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The BA program in Culture, Politics and Society (CPS) at CEU provides an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts curriculum updated for 21st century challenges. The curriculum is based on the reality that in order to be an independent thinker in our time, and to be ready for work after graduation, students need to be equipped with skills that go beyond knowing how to read and compose written texts.
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Overview

The BA program in Culture, Politics and Society (CPS) at Central European University (CEU) is designed for the generation which has come of age after the digital revolution, living in a society flooded with information, disinformation and with technological transformations which continue to change how we learn, communicate, and relate to one another.

Students in CPS acquire skills for interpreting a wide variety of information, ranging from classical texts to statistical data, to understanding the algorithms behind common social media graphics. They are trained in the vital skills necessary for producing knowledge and communicating it in multi-media forms outside the classroom. They are also taught a rich and comprehensive curriculum in the social sciences and humanities, opening many paths towards a fourth-year specialization and completion of a BA major.

Accredited in the U.S. and Austria, this BA program both integrates into the European-wide Bologna system and offers the best of the American undergraduate education system. After successful completion of a four-year BA, students will receive an Austrian and an American BA degree. 

Students progress from a broad-based first year, where courses are mandatory for all and students experience the feeling of being part of a community, to increased specialization and course choice during the rest of the program. In the first year, students are offered a strong and wide-ranging foundation through specially designed courses that introduce them to the themes of Culture, Politics and Society. The Spring terms of the first three years are dedicated to experiential learning experiences. From the second year onwards, students have increasing freedom of course choice, and by the end of their studies they will have specialized in a disciplinary major and will have completed a specialized capstone Project.

Accreditation

  • Program registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • February 1: priority deadline
    • April 12: final deadline
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      3-4 years

  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Possible majors:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Medieval Studies
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Visual Theory and Practice

Possible minors:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Medieval Studies
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Visual Theory and Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Completed application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • High school records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • CV
  • Application essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP or IB (preferred but not mandatory)

Finalists will be invited to attend an interview online or in person.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Inaugural class tuition award: EUR 5,000 per year, for the full length of your studies

The first class of undergraduate students in 2020-21 receive a 50% tuition award of the EUR 10,000 annual tuition fee. Members of the inaugural class will be granted this award for the entire duration of their studies.

  • Presidential tuition award: 5,000 EUR for two outstanding candidates

Two outstanding candidates will receive a Presidential Award for the total value of 5,000 EUR each. The Award covers part of the tuition fee throughout the four years of BA studies as follows:

  • Year I: 500 EUR
  • Year II: 1,000 EUR
  • Year III: 1,500 EUR
  • Year IV: 2,000 EUR

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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