Application Checklist

Below you find the list of the documents you need to prepare, in the order they are requested in your CEU Application Form: 

  1. High School Credentials     
  2. Proof of English Proficiency 
  3. Other Supporting Documents 
  4. Curriculum Vitae 
  5. Application Essay: CPS, PPE, QSS
  6. Letter of Motivation
  7. Letter of Recommendation 
  8. Completed CEU Application Form
  9. Finalists Interview

1. High School Credentials 

 Please submit the transcripts from your last 3 years at high school available at the time of your application. If you have already graduated, also upload your High School Diploma or Certificate that marks the completion of your secondary education. If you are able to obtain predicted grades for your final year of school, please make sure to include your predicted grades in your application.

Applicants to the Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS) program: All three years of high school transcripts should include evidence of competence in mathematics. We encourage but do not require, applicants to submit a standardized mathematics test as proof of mathematics competency. Applicants who are unable to provide sufficient proof of mathematics competency on their transcripts without a standardized test may be required to sit for a CEU-administered online mathematics test (CEU Math Test). Applicants will be notified if they are required to take the CEU Math Test shortly after their application has been submitted and reviewed. 

Applicants who have completed a standardized test should upload (only) one of the following test resultsSAT, ACTAP CalculusA-Levels, IB Math HL. The following scores are considered competitive:   

  • SAT Math or Physics Subject test: 650  
  • ACT: 27  
  • AP Calculus: 4  
  • A-Levels: B 
  • IB Math HL: 5  

Note that the scores listed above serve as a point of reference for applicants to the QSS program, and do not guarantee nor disallow admission into the QSS program. The knowledge required to complete the online CEU mathematics test roughly corresponds to the SAT math subject test. Further information will be available soon. 

All applicants please note: 

If you have transcripts from a university you have previously attended, or a university you are currently attending, please upload all transcripts showing all grades that you have obtained so far.

If your credentials are not in English, please provide an English translation of each along with the original document, certified by either your school or a registered translator.

2. Proof of English Proficiency 

Please demonstrate your 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. 

You may be exempted from this requirement if any of the following applies: your first language is English; you have been enrolled for at least three years at a high school where teaching is done exclusively in English, or have graduated from a high school where teaching was done exclusively in English and you have attended said school for at least three years;  you have scored an IB HL 5 in English. If you have taken the SAT and scored 650 on Evidence Based-Reading and Writing; If your ACT score is 27 for both English and Reading (Please note: CEU reserves the right to request proof of this if it is not evident from your high school credentials provided.) 

To request an exemption from the English language proficiency requirement, please answer the questions on English Language Qualifications in the Qualifications section of the online application form. If the language of instruction is not clearly stated in your high school credentials, please upload as an “Other Supporting Document” an official letter from the school confirming that you were taught exclusively in English throughout your studies. 

If you are submitting a test score of one of the English language exams listed below, please upload your score report to the appropriate section of your online application. (CEU's institution code with ETS is 0069 - please use this code when taking a TOEFL test.) 

Test Type 

Minimum Overall/Total Score Required 

TOEFL (should not exceed the period of validity) 

TOEFL at home (Temporary until testing sites re-open)



TOEFL (should not exceed the period of validity) 


IELTS Academic (should not exceed the period of validity) 

IELTS Indicator (Temporary until testing sites re-open)



Pearson Test of English (Academic) (should not exceed the period of validity) 


Cambridge English: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency 


Euroexam Academic 



3. Other Supporting Documents 

In this section please upload a scan of the biographical page of your passport. You may also upload additional documents in support of your application in this section. The documents need to be merged into one pdf file not exceeding 2 MB in size. 

Additional supporting documents may include: 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 
  • SAT Reasoning test (CEU College Board code: 4567)
  • ACT  
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores 
  • Academic competition scores/awards
  • Workshop, training certificates 
  • References for (pro bono) work or voluntary engagement 

4. Curriculum Vitae  

Please include any extra-curricular activities, exchange programs, academic competitions or volunteer/work experience that you consider relevant to your application. Your CV should be in chronological order and bullet point format. Visit our careers page for tips and have a look at the Handout: CV Resume Guidelines and CV Template, for help.


5. Application Essay 

Please submit a short essay of no more than 500 words in length addressing the topic belowThe essay should be an original piece of work written specifically for this application. 

Essay guidelines for the BA in Culture, Politics and Society (CPS) 

Please identify what you see as the most important challenge we are facing today. This can be of a social, political, cultural, economic, or environmental nature - or a combination. How do you see a degree in CPS as helping make sense of this challenge, and of trying to tackle it? 

We are not looking for a full and final answer to the question, but for evidence of a genuine engagement with a problem that is of concern to you, and a desire to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to analyze it and consider solutions. If you have not studied relevant subjects at school, do not worry — ideas from your existing studies, and from following news and media, may stimulate interest in issues and questions which can then be addressed through your studies in CPS. 

Essay guidelines for the BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Tell us about your interest in a question which has a connection with philosophy or politics or economics. For example: what makes societies fair or just? Can an artificial intelligence really think? What is the justification for democracy? Are we ever genuinely free to choose what to do? These are just examples — feel free to pick your own question. 

We are not looking for a full and final answer to the question, but for evidence of a genuine interest in these topics, and a real engagement with a question that puzzles you. If you have not studied these subjects at school, do not worry — ideas from the study of science or literature or history or other subjects may stimulate interest in questions which can then be addressed in your study of PPE. 

Essay guidelines for the BA in Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS)

Tell us about your interest in the BA in Quantitative Social Sciences. What do you think are some of the major challenges in understanding human society? Why do you think quantitative approaches are necessary for this task? What are some of the questions that can and cannot be answered from this perspective? These are just examples — feel free to pick your own question. 

We are not looking for a full and final answer to the question, but for evidence of a genuine interest in these topics, and a real engagement with a question that puzzles you. If you have not studied these subjects at school, do not worry — ideas from your existing studies, and from following news and media, may stimulate interest in issues and questions which can then be addressed through your studies in QSS. 

6. Letter of Motivation

Please submit a letter of motivation of 300 - 500 words in length addressing why you chose to apply to CEU, why your program of choice matches your interests and aspirations, and why you think you would be a good match to the CEU community

7. Letter of Recommendation 

Please have one confidential letter of recommendation submitted as part of your application. The recommendation should include information about your academic achievement and potential, skills, abilities, strengths, motivation, and character, as well as comments on your disciplinary record. The letter must be written in English by one of your teachers or counselors and sent via the online application system by the recommender directly. (You must not know the contents of the letter and therefore cannot submit it yourself.) If you are applying for both BA programs, you will have to register a referee for each application separately. 

For applicants to the Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS) program, it is advisable to request a recommendation letter from a teacher of a quantitative class (e. g. Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, etc.)

In order to enable your recommender to send in his/her letter, please register him/her in the appropriate section of the online application form AND submit your application; your recommender will only receive an email with a link to the recommendation form after you have submitted your application. The recommendation must be received within one week of receipt of your application. A late recommendation may or may not be considered.  

You can track the status of your recommendation on the applicant portal.  

8. Completed CEU Application Form 

  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax will not be considered. 
  • You may apply to both undergraduate programs of CEU by submitting a complete application for each.  
  • 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 and cannot be waived, but it can be paid by a third party. The fee must be paid by bank card via the online application form after the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle. Once you hit "submit" on your application, the page will redirect you to the payment portal where you can pay the application fee. 
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission with the exception of certain data (contact information) that can be updated via the Applicant Portal. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete. 
  • CEU does not return application documents or provide copies thereof. 

9. Finalists interview

Applicants who are selected to move forward within their application progress by the admissions committee will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members. Applicants will be informed by their program coordinator that they have been moved forward to the interview stage with further instructions in preparation for the panel interview. 

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