The BA program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Central European University (CEU) is inspired by the well-established degree created in Oxford over a hundred years ago. In the politics courses, you will learn to think critically about different political and social structures; in philosophy, you will address fundamental questions about reality and our place in it; and in economics you will learn about the principles that govern the production and allocation of resources.
The PPE program is multi-disciplinary — you will get a thorough training in at least 2 of the 3 PPE disciplines. At the beginning of the program you receive a solid foundation in all three disciplines, and as you progress through the program, you are offered an increasing amount of choice in terms of orientation and focus. You can also do serious interdisciplinary work in your BA thesis or your capstone project, and you can take courses from outside the PPE framework, which can offer contrasting or more interdisciplinary perspectives on the topics you are interested in. These include 13 elective courses, which range from Human Rights through Environmental Science to Nationalism Studies.
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, you will have an Austrian and an American BA degree.
In the third year, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe or in the United States. Options include: Sciences Po in Paris / Bocconi University in Milan / London School of Economics / Stockholm School of Economics / Bard College in New York State / Bard College Berlin
Continuing in graduate school in:
- International Relations
- Public Policy
Possible careers in:
- Financial world
- Think tanks
- Public Service
- International development
- IGOs e.g. United Nations
- Law, education, journalism
- Charity sector
- Program registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
- Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
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You will receive thorough training in at least two of the three core disciplines. You can also select from a broad range of elective courses offered by the other two BA programs of CEU.
Possible majors and minors:
- Environmental Science
- Gender Studies
- Cultural Heritage
- Human Rights
- International Relations
- Nationalism Studies
- Sociology and Social Anthropology
- Visual Theory and Practice
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- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
- February 1: for those who will require a study visa and who wish to be considered for financial support
- April 12: final deadline, subject to space availability
180 ECTS credits / 120 U.S. credits
DisciplinesEconomics Philosophy & Ethics Political Science
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Completed application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
- High school records
- Proof of English proficiency
- Application essay
- Letter of motivation
- 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.
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International7000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7000 EUR per year during 48 months.
EU/EEA7000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7000 EUR per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Vienna
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Presidential tuition award
Two outstanding candidates will receive this 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.
CEU Scholarships for Refugees
This scholarship is available for three admitted BA candidates with refugee status. The scholarship will cover tuition fees throughout the four years of BA studies (up to 7,000 EUR/year from each award), include a monthly stipend of 470 EUR and a monthly stipend of 500 EUR to cover the price of accommodation.
This scholarship, awarded to one BA student for one academic year, is worth EUR 2,000/year and is paid in monthly installments during the first year of studies.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.