Central European University (CEU)

Central European University (CEU)

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems. 

Top reasons to study here

  • CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose.
  • At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples.
  • Commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial

Bachelor's programmes



In 1989, a group of visionary intellectuals—most of them prominent members of the anti-totalitarian democratic opposition—conceptualized an international university that would help facilitate the transition from dictatorship to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. 


CEU, as a young and flexible institution, enables and encourages faculty and students to reach across disciplines to address complex social and political issues of the 21st century, including bioethics and corporate responsibility, climate change and environmental security, media freedom and data privacy, gentrification and urbanization, minority- and gender-rights policies, terrorism, and human security.


CEU is a research-intensive university. Its faculty members typically devote at least half of their time to research including participation in European and international projects. More than one-third of CEU students are pursuing doctoral degrees and thus are also actively involved in research, normally on par with faculty members.


Central European University's Career Services Office serves CEU students and alumni making an impact around the world. Have a look at our site to learn more!

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Housing services

  • CEU's student housing partner in Vienna is OEAD, the Austrian state agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research.
  • CEU provides accommodation in OEAD dormitories for MA students whose financial aid award covers housing, and for BA students on a fee paying basis.
  • MA and PhD students who have not been offered housing as part of their financial aid package should arrange their own accommodation. MA and PhD students not in receipt of a financial aid package covering housing but who still wish to stay in OEAD facilities are advised to contact OEAD directly with their reservation requests.

Library services

The CEU Library contains the largest English-language holdings in the social sciences and humanities in Central and Eastern Europe. While its main responsibility is to serve the CEU community, its high-quality services are also offered to the academic public in Budapest and beyond. 

The rich electronic and print collections support the humanities, social sciences, business, law, and public policy.

ICT services

  • CEU offers you extensive technological services and support - with freely available internet access, convenient copy and print services, and desktop workstation access at the main campus (including the library) and at the CEU Residence center
  • Memgers of the CEU community are given free wireless access to the internet through CEU’s own internal network, available throughout the campus. 

Medical services

The CEU Medical Center is open to all students, faculty and staff. Access to the Medical Center requires a valid CEU ID and a medical insurance card.

Student Life

Sports facilities

A great range of classes such as dancing, aerobics, therapeutic exercise, and yoga are available every afternoon and evening.

Student clubs

CEU students participate actively in matters of governance and management. To ensure adequate student representation the student body elects a Student Union Assembly (SUA) every academic year. The SUA is an independent body operating according to its Constitution.


  • United States Accreditation

CEU holds an absolute charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department.

  • Austrian Accreditation

In Austria, CEU is recognized as a private higher education institution, pursuant to section 7 of the Decree on Accreditation of Private Universities (PU-AkkVO).

  • Hungarian Accreditation

In Hungary, CEU is recognized as a private higher education institution. KEE is accredited by  the Hungarian Accreditation Committee.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

A very international university providing people from poorer countries an opportunity to study abroad.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Budapest is one of the best cities to study in Europe and in the world.

Samten Yeshi rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university is strategically located in a city of monuments and history which is a best part of the study. Besides the diversity of the students from all over the continents is a best experience.

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