Central European University ("CEU" or the "University") was founded in 1991 to support the democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It is now a global graduate university, based in Budapest, with students from more than 100 countries and faculty from over 50. The language of instruction is English. The mission of the University, which today includes 16 academic departments and 17 research centers, is to promote open societies and democracy, through advanced research, and research-based teaching, primarily in the social sciences and humanities.

Incorporated in the State of New York by the State Education Department, Central European University is organized as an American graduate institution, governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has general charge of the affairs, property and assets of CEU. The Senate is the academic governing body of the University. The Rector-President is the chief executive officer and overall academic and administrative head of the University.  CEU received permission to operate in Hungary from the Ministry of Culture and Education based on Ministerial resolution No. 5563/94, dated January 5, 1995. This operational permission was modified based on the Ministerial resolution No. 2123-8/2005, issued on April 18, 2005.

In Hungary, the Hungarian parliament passed Act LXI of 2004 on State Recognition of Közép-európai Egyetem (the English name being Central European University, "KEE") as a Hungarian private higher education institution. The Senate is the academic governing body of KEE. The Rector is the chief executive officer of KEE and the overall academic and administrative head of KEE.

The CEU university community consisting of CEU and KEE has a single academic identity but operates under a dual legal and academic accreditation provided by U.S. and Hungarian authorities. CEU and KEE have overlapping operations, authorized and accredited by the respective bodies in the U.S. and Hungary. CEU and KEE offer a single set of academic programs, all of which are conducted in Budapest. CEU and KEE are funded by a founding endowment, philanthropic gifts, foundation grants, partnerships, tuition income and research grants. CEU and KEE are able to provide scholarships, stipends and tuition abatements for many of their masters' students and for all doctoral students.

United States Registration and Accreditation

CEU holds an absolute charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department. In the United States, CEU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (address: 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States, phone: (1 215) 662 5606).

Hungarian Accreditation

Based on the joint Resolution of the Higher Education and Science Committee and the Hungarian Accreditation Committee dated March 10, 2005, KEE received a Hungarian accreditation. KEE holds an operational license in Hungary issued by the Hungarian Educational Authority (address: 1055 Budapest, Szalay utca 10-14., phone: (36-1) 374-2100).

CEU Foundation Holland

The CEU Foundation Holland is the primary charitable foundation that supports the University's mission and goals. See the attachments below for more information.