Application Checklist

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed CEU Application Form 
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Academic Records
  4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  5. Program-Specific Requirements
  6. Proof of English Proficiency
  7. Application Fee

1.Completed CEU Application Form

Notes:

  • Candidates who applied to CEU for 2017/18 should use their existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, email or fax will not be considered.
  • CEU charges an application fee of EUR 30. For more information, please see item 7 below.
  • Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete. Applications cannot be edited after submission with the exception of certain fields that can be updated via the Applicant Portal.
  • Candidates may submit applications to up to 5 programs (master's and/or doctoral) offered by any academic unit at CEU. Some programs have more stringent internal limits, please always refer to the program websites for detailed guidelines.
  • With technical problems, bugs or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • CEU does not return application documents, or provide copies thereof.
  • Non-degree candidates may refer to the application guidelines for non-degree and visiting students.

2. Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must provide two (or, for some doctoral programs, three) confidential letters of recommendation assessing their ability to conduct graduate-level work, and potential for a successful academic or professional career. The letters of recommendation must be written in English by faculty members or job supervisors (i.e. people most familiar with the candidate's academic and/or professional abilities and character).
Candidates need to register the referees in the relevant section of the online application form. Referees will receive an automated message containing a link to the referee section AFTER the candidate successfully submits the application form (including application fee payment), and will have 3 weeks to complete the recommendation (the link to the referee section expires after 21 days following receipt of the automated email). 

3. Academic Records

Your online application must include a scanned image of

  1. an official English version OR translation of your full bachelor's (and, for doctoral programs, master's) transcript (transcript = an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received), including an explanation of the grading system, and
  2. an official English version OR translation of your bachelor's (and, for doctoral programs, master's) diploma.

Notes:

  • An official English translation bears the stamp and signature of a sworn translator or an authorized official of the institution that has issued the original. It should contain the stamp and signature on each page or over a folded and fastened corner of the document, and include a statement of authenticity in English.
  • Candidates in the process of completing a degree program must upload an official interim transcript and, in place of the diploma, a certificate of enrollment confirming their student status and, if possible, stating their expected date of graduation.
  • Candidates having completed their degree program and having yet to receive their diploma must upload a certificate of graduation.
  • Candidates who have taken courses at more than one institution as part of their degree program need to submit an official transcript from each school, unless the transfer credits are listed in detail (course names, credits, grades) on their final transcript.
  • Candidates applying for a one-year Master's program at CEU that have earned a three-year undergraduate degree and have completed or are, at the time of application, completing a Master's program at another university must submit their Master's transcript (and diploma, if already available) in addition to their Bachelor's transcript and diploma.
  • The official "Diploma Supplement" issued by European institutions is not valid without an official copy (and translation if applicable) of the diploma.

4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Candidates need to upload an updated CV or resume, including a publication list if available. CEU accepts all commonly used CV/resume formats.

5. Program-Specific Requirements

Most programs at CEU require one or several additional supporting documents for the application, such as a statement of purpose, research proposal or writing samples, standard test scores (e.g. GRE, GMAT), etc. Each academic program has different requirements, which are listed in the relevant section on their respective websites.

You may want to also check the Useful Tips section for guidelines on how to put together a competitive application, how to improve your statement of purpose or  write a compelling research proposal.

6. Proof of English Proficiency

Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other tests listed below.

Candidates whose first language is English are normally exempt from this requirement. Candidates meeting the following requirements may also be exempted:

  1. current or former CEU students applying to CEU's master's or doctoral programs;
  2. candidates who have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree taught exclusively in English. Please note: CEU reserves the right to request proof that the program was taught entirely in English if not evident from the academic records provided.

To request exemption from the English language proficiency requirement, applicants need to answer the questions on English Language Qualifications accordingly in the Qualifications section of the online application form and, unless the language of instruction is clearly stated in their academic records, provide (as an “Other Supporting Document”) an official university letter confirming that their bachelor’s or master’s program was taught entirely in English. Decisions regarding exemptions are at the discretion of the admissions committee for the given program and will be communicated to the candidates after the first stage of the selection process.

Candidates submitting a test score of one of the English language exams listed below should upload a scan/screenshot of their paper/online score report to the relevant section of their online application. In case the score report is not available at the time of application, the candidate should upload proof of having taken the test in lieu of the actual test score. (CEU's institution code with ETS is 0069 - please use this code when taking a TOEFL test.)

Language test types & minimum test scores required by Master's programs:

Test Type Minimum Overall/Total Score Required*
TOEFL (Internet-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  88
TOEFL (Paper-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  570
IELTS Academic; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  6.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (taken on/after taken on/after January 31, 2013) 59
Cambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  C
Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  B
*The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) has different language requirements which are listed on the program website.

Language test types & minimum test scores required by doctoral programs:

Test Type Minimum Overall/Total Score Required
TOEFL (Internet-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  100
TOEFL (Paper-based; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  600
IELTS Academic; taken on/after January 31, 2016)  7
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (taken on/after taken on/after January 31, 2016) 76
Cambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  C
Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after January 31, 2013)  A

7. Application Fee

CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate irrespective of the number of programs applied to in the given admissions cycle. The application fee is non-refundable: all applicants are subject to submit this fee regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances. The fee must be paid when the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle.

Notes:

  • The fee should be paid by bank card via the CEU online application form (secure payment).
  • No other ways of payment are available.