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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.

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Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies.


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.


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.

Through its 19 research centers, CEU promotes an environment where high-quality research can take place, where readiness for intellectual risk-taking and for radical rethinking of foundations is strongly encouraged, and where values of open society, democracy and critical, reflective thinking are cultivated.


The mission of the Alumni Relations and Career Services Office (ARCS) is to engage all CEU alumni and students in a mutually beneficial, lifelong connection to each other and the university.

We strive to empower students and alumni with the skills necessary to succeed in their professional lives, while fully utilizing the power of the CEU alumni network.

ARCS coordinates all alumni and career support programs and also provides the primary means of communication between students, alumni and employers, and between alumni and the university.


Student services

Student Life Office:

  • organizing student arrival and leaving procedures
  • Administering student registration for residence in Hungary
  • Helping with housing arrangements
  • Coordinating residential arrangements with the CEU Residence Center
  • Maintaining student non-academic records and personal files
  • Overseeing student enrollment for medical insurance
  • Administering the distribution of student lockers
  • Supporting the work of the Student Union
  • Organizing University-wide student social and cultural activities
  • Supporting student involvement in University life through extra-curricular activities

Housing services

The accommodation facilities available at CEU are one of the many advantages of studying here.

The CEU Residence Center is a modern residence complex in the 10th district of Budapest – an easy distance to the buzz of the city center.

The Residence Center offers comfortable, furnished, air-conditioned accommodation for over 400 graduate students. Students with families, children or partners, or who have pets, must opt for the out-of-dormitory housing.

All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Bed linen is provided, but not towels and toiletries. Wireless Internet access is available in the whole Residence Center.

Library services

CEU students, staff, and faculty and OSA/OSF staff are automatically eligible for full membership at the CEU Library upon registering online or at the information desk.

Student memberships expire at the end of the program, unless otherwise requested by departments.

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

Campus life

Located in the heart of Budapest, CEU occupies several buildings in a vibrant downtown neighborhood just blocks from the Danube. Here you'll find important practical information regarding CEU’s campus buildings and facilities.


  • Cash Machines (ATMs)
  • Booking Premises and Rooms
  • Designated Smoking Areas
  • Social and Green Space
  • Food and Drink
  • IT Facilities
  • Sport Facilities
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Multifaith Facilities
  • Library Facilities
  • Child-Friendly Facilities

Sports facilities

Refresh your body and mind at CEU's Sports Center, across the street from the University's main campus buildings, at Nador utca 12. Check in at reception on the second floor for a varied range of facilities.

  • Indoor court

A multi-purpose sports hall where you can practice basketball, badminton, volleyball, soccer, table tennis and more.

  • Exercise classes

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

  • Body-building

The sport center includes a fully-equipped gym for resistance (weight) training.

Student clubs

CEU actively encourages and supports students' interests and activities.

Many clubs are formed, from chess and basketball to film and literature. The CEU Debate Society, one of the more prominent student activities, regularly participates in, hosts, and co-organizes international debate competitions.


CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Other programmes from this university

  • 33 Masters
  • 17 PhDs
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