Central European University

Year of establishment: 1991

Based in Vienna, Central European University brings together students and faculty from over 100 countries in a close-knit community that fosters dialogue and collaboration across borders, cultures and disciplines.

Vienna (Austria)

1100, Central European University, Quellenstraße 51, Vienna, Austria


Combining the best of American and European academic traditions, CEU is accredited in the United States and Austria and is internationally renowned for academic excellence. It offers English-language degree programs in the social sciences, humanities, business, economics, law, environmental sciences and policy, network science and cognitive science. A deeply interdisciplinary approach permeates all aspects of learning and research, with real-life applications at the forefront.
Established in 1991, the university set out to prepare future leaders and innovators to seek solutions for the complex problems of our world, in the spirit of supporting open and democratic societies. And while the university has grown into a truly global institution, its mission has remained the same – and it is just as relevant today as it was three decades ago. We are CEU. Come join us.

At CEU, our diverse student body is our most important asset. We nurture a student-oriented academic culture, drawing on the wealth of knowledge and perspectives that our multicultural, multinational community provides. A 7:1 student/faculty ratio ensures a dynamic environment for collaboration and debate. Our faculty, hailing from around the world, work closely with every student to help develop their critical thinking skills and explore their individual research interests. CEU has earned global recognition for a range of programs, including political science and international relations, philosophy, history, legal studies, business and economics. Our work in emerging fields such as cognitive science and network and data science is also renowned internationally. We run four two-year Erasmus Mundus master’s programs in partnership with leading European institutions: in public policy; history; environmental sciences, policy and management; and gender studies. Highly competitive, these programs provide generous scholarships to top international students and foster intellectual cooperation and research in Europe. As a young and flexible institution, CEU enables and encourages faculty and students to reach across disciplines to address the 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.

Our research-led teaching and learning fosters critical intellectual exchange and creative solutions, where students work closely with professors. CEU offers funding assistance for both internal research projects and collaborative projects with other research centers and universities worldwide. CEU also receives research funds from the European Commission (European Research Council grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Collaborative Projects), Austrian research funding agencies, the United Nations, US government, international NGOs and various other private and public sources.

We help our graduates transform their CEU experience into meaningful professional engagement. The CEU Career Services Office offers guidance and support to students and alumni as they pursue personal visions for impact and success. The office engages with students and alumni throughout the career development process and cultivates relationships with a global network of employers.

CEU’s alumni community consists of over 18,000 graduates living and working in nearly 150 countries. Our graduates include EU and national parliamentarians, ambassadors, UN officers, international affairs experts, heads of NGOs, economists, policymakers, business leaders, academics, international law scholars and human rights advocates. Our Alumni Relations Office organizes activities and provides services to help our graduates connect with each other and remain engaged in the university community. Alumni chapters are active in 90+ countries on six continents, in cities including Abu Dhabi, Ashgabat, Baku, Brussels, Kampala, Kathmandu, Kyiv, London, Mexico City and New York.

Consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities, Vienna offers an intriguing blend of modern urban life and Central European tradition. It is a place where quirky student hangouts sit alongside opulent coffee houses, and modern art fills centuries-old palaces. And where Mozart composed The Marriage of Figaro, Klimt painted The Kiss, and Freud wrote most of his works on psychoanalysis. Leafy parks and riverside beaches, world-class galleries and museums, beer gardens and vineyards, street fairs and culinary fests offer entertainment from spring to fall, while the Austrian capital’s squares transform into a snowy, glittering playground with Christmas markets and ice rinks in winter. A real melting pot of cultures, Vienna offers a multicultural calendar of festivals that celebrate food, traditions and music from all around the world. Outstanding public transport and a sprawling network of cycle paths mean that most of the city is accessible within 30 minutes. Less than 100 kilometers from Vienna, the Alps beckon with hiking and biking trails in warmer months and skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in winter. Vienna is also ideal for those who wish to travel further afield: much of Eastern Europe, Northern Italy and Southern Germany are within a few hours’ train journey, while Vienna Airport connects to over 200 destinations across the globe.


Other Courses Offered:

  • BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics 
  • BA in Culture, Politics and Society
  • BA/BSC in Data Science and Society
  • Cognitive Science
  • Gender Studies
  • International Relations
  • Medieval Studies
  • Network and Data Science
  • Philosophy
  • Public Policy