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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. 



Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe. 


CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspective to all aspects of community life. 


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.


By developing a wide range of transferable skills, students will receive an excellent foundation for several future career directions. Deeply honed thinking skills--required to tackle many social and economic issues--are in high demand and can therefore open many doors open for PPE graduates. These range from pursuing graduate studies to a wide variety of career options in the private, public and non-profit sectors.


Student services

The Dean of Students (DoS) is the chief student affairs officer and reports directly to the University Provost. Responsible for providing vision to CEU’s division of student affairs, the Dean develops and supervises programs making it possible for students to realize their intellectual and personal potential, and for integrating student life experience with CEU’s mission. 

The Dean provides leadership in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services related to: residence center programming and planning; creating a campus culture that promotes academic achievement and personal development; providing support for the physical and mental health of students; 

Housing services

We can suggest accommodation in one of the many hotels within a few minutes walk from CEU. Selection of our contracted hotel partners includes luxury 5+ stars, 4 and 3 stars hotels according to your needs.

Should you request accommodation arranged by CEU's rentals office, we can offer rooms at the CEU Residence Center, a modern residence complex in the 10th district of Budapest – an easy distance to CEU campus and the buzz of the city center. It is not only a student center, but also an excellent event and conference facility, offering spaces for all types of events.

Library services

Stop by and see our new digs. We welcome all CEU Library members in Vienna whether you are studying or just on a visit. We are still making improvements, like more books!  Need something?Check out Databases A-Z, our list of recommended research databases, most subscribed to by the CEU Library. They are available from both on campus and remotely access via Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

ICT services

CEU offers extensive technological support - with freely available WiFi coverage, and approximately one computer for every three students.

Students are provided with free access to the internet and CEU’s own internal network. The computer helpdesk and supervisors are available to assist with technical issues. Laptop connectivity to the internet is also available in CEU Residence Center rooms.

Medical services

The Medical Center at CEU is open to all students, faculty and staff. Access to the Medical Center requires valid student ID and medical insurance cards. There are two qualified English-speaking doctors (male and female) who hold regular consultation hours.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Refresh your body and mind at CEU's new Sports Center! It is situated in the Lower Ground floor of October 6. 12. Building. Check in at reception for a varied range of 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.


It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary, and offers English-language Master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe -- Budapest, Hungary -- CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation. 

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