Q&A for prospective Erasmus+ incoming students

Q&A for prospective Erasmus+ Incoming students

On December 3, 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 2019/2020?

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. Most of returning degree students will continue their studies in Budapest and students enrolled in Vienna will spend part of their academic year in Budapest in our accredited Hungarian facility. Individual research and outreach activities will be located as is most appropriate (i.e. some will co-locate, while others will be based in either Vienna or Budapest).

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 for students enrolling in fall 2019. Returning degree students will continue their studies in Budapest and students enrolled in Vienna will spend part of their academic year in Budapest and part in Vienna. More detailed course listings are available on the departments’ website and on the course hub.

3. Is it possible to apply and come to CEU as an Erasmus+ exchange student in 2019/2020, and if so to which courses?

Yes, it is possible to apply and spend a semester at CEU Budapest Campus in the Academic Year 2019/2020. However, the final details of how CEU Departments and their activities will be affected by the opening of the new Vienna campus are under preparation and are yet to be defined. Please, check the Departments' home-page and the course hub for more information on courses.

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 and its courses?

In 2019/2020 only the CEU Budapest Campus is available for incoming Erasmus+ students. However, several classes, which will be delivered in Vienna will also be accessible in Budapest through video conferencing.

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