Q&A for prospective Erasmus+ incoming students

Q&A for prospective Erasmus+ Incoming students

On December 3, 2018 CEU announced the decision to offer their world-ranked masters and doctoral programs with US accreditation to all new degree-seeking students in Vienna. What does this mean for prospective Erasmus+ Students who would like to come to CEU in the Academic Year 2020/2021?

1. What is CEU's future?

We're opening a campus in Vienna. The background to this is that the Hungarian government introduced legislation in 2017 that threatened CEU's ability to continue its teaching operations in Hungary. In response, CEU took the necessary steps to fulfill all legislative requirements, including launching educational activities at Bard College, USA, fully verified by the local validating authority, the New York State Education Department. Despite these actions, the Hungarian government refused to sign a new agreement with the State of New York that would enable CEU, as a foreign university, to continue its operations in Budapest from January 1, 2019. To ensure our uninterrupted educational activities, CEU will offer our world-ranked masters and doctoral programs with U.S. accreditation to all new degree seeking students in Vienna from September, 2019.

2. Will CEU maintain any operations in Budapest?

Yes, CEU is committed to remaining active in Budapest, our home for over two decades, and is seeking ways to ensure this. At the same time, CEU is becoming a multi-campus university, having launched operations at an extension site in New York, and opening our new Vienna campus starting from Academic Year 2019/2020.

3. Is it possible to apply and come to CEU as an Erasmus+ exchange student in 2020/2021?

Please note that from September 2020, all U.S.-degree teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus, except for continuing Mathematics PhD students, incoming and continuing Cognitive Science PhD students, and incoming students to the Technology Management and Innovation MSc and Finance MSc and the MS in Business Analytics programs, which will be located in Budapest. Incoming students for the History in the Public Sphere (HIPS) program will spend Winter Term in Budapest.

4. As an Erasmus student, could I choose to study in Vienna for the next year or will I be obliged to select the Budapest campus?

In 2020/2021 only the CEU Budapest Campus is available for incoming Erasmus+ students.

If you have further questions, please let us know at erasmus@ceu.edu