• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The BA program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Central European University (CEU)  offers rigorous training in all three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. In this multidisciplinary setting, intellectually motivated students will be taught by world-class faculty and will acquire many transferrable skills by examining complex concepts, arguments and world-views. 
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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. The program is accredited in the U.S. and Austria, integrating into the European-wide Bologna system and offering the best of the American undergraduate education system. 

The PPE program is multi-disciplinary — students receive a thorough training in at least 2 of the 3 PPE disciplines. At the beginning of the program students receive a solid foundation in all three disciplines, and as they progress through the program, they are offered an increasing amount of choice in terms of orientation and focus. They can also do serious interdisciplinary work in their BA thesis or their capstone project, and they can take courses from outside the PPE framework, which can offer contrasting or more interdisciplinary perspectives on the topics they are interested in. These include 13 elective courses, which range from Human Rights through Environmental Science to Nationalism Studies. 

All students in the four-year program also have an opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree.


  • 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:
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics
Possible minors:
  • Environmental Science 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Cultural Heritage 
  • Human Rights 
  • International Relations 
  • History 
  • Nationalism Studies 
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology 
  • Visual Theory and Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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.


  • 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

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