BA Admissions FAQ

I'm in the final year of high school and will graduate next summer. Can I apply for your next fall's intake? 
You certainly can apply and be accepted without having earned your high school diploma yet; you will, however, only be able to enroll if you have successfully graduated by the time the term begins at CEU. 

Do CEU programs offer a fall and a spring intake? 

No. Currently, we only offer fall enrollment in both bachelor’s programs. 

Are there admission quotas for certain countries or regions? 
No. When you apply to CEU, no matter where you come from as long as you are a qualified student.  

I would like to do a BA at CEU while completing one at my home university at the same time. Is this possible? 
No. Students enrolled at CEU may not be simultaneously enrolled at other universities. 

I've already earned a bachelor’s degree. Can I apply for another one? 
You surely can. 

Are your undergraduate programs also available on a part-time basis? 
No, both BA programs are full-time courses.  

Can I study at CEU on a distance-learning basis? 
Sorry, this is currently not possible. 

How To Apply? 

GENERAL ISSUES 

I can't seem to find the link to the online application form - where is it? 
The link is available in the Application Checklist. 

Can I apply to both undergraduate programs at one time? 
Yes, you can but please note you must submit a complete application for each. 

My transcript (CV, application essay etc.) consists of more than one page. How can I upload documents of multiple pages? 
You can easily upload a document of up to 100 pages (as long as it does not exceed 2 MB in size) if you include all pages of the document in one single file. Most scanners allow creation of a single file containing multiple pages, or you can use a pdf merger program. 

Some of the files I want to upload exceed 2 MB. What can I do? 
You will need to reduce their size. To do it, please print out the pages that you want to upload. Then, scan the printed out pages into a pdf file format, and upload this new document onto the appropriate page in your online application. When scanning the document, please make sure to scan in a low (but still readable) resolution, and in black and white, to ensure that the document is under the 2MB file upload limit. 

Can I add new documents to my submitted application or replace some of the submitted documents with updated ones? 
No, you can’t edit your application after you have submitted it, nor can you send in updated or extra materials unless we request you to do so. If this happens, you'll have to submit those materials through the Applicant Portal 

I am applying to a CEU BA program and have already submitted an electronic application form. Should I additionally post the required documents or is the online application enough? 
An online application is enough. We will need hard copies of some of your documents (namely your high school transcript and diploma) if you are admitted and decide to enroll. 

I am not an EU/EEA citizen and will need a visa to Austria. However, I do not currently have a passport. Can I apply all the same? 
Yes, you can. You will, however, need a valid passport to apply for a visa if you are admitted. 

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Do I need to create a new user account for a second application if I already submitted another one?

No. Please log in with the email address/password you used for the first application whenever starting a new application. The system will take you to the User Action Screen where you can choose whether to

-       edit or cancel the application you started earlier:

or

-       start a new application:

How can I log back in to an application I already started?
The link to log back in to started applications can be found in the automated email you receive when starting an application (if you don't seem to have received it, check in your spam folder - it may have landed in there). It is also available here. You can also start a new application using this link.

I have submitted my application. How can I be sure that you have received it?
If you have completed all mandatory fields of the applications form (including mandatory document uploads), and successfully paid the one-time application fee, the SITS system will send an email notification to acknowledge the receipt of the application. This email will also provide login details to the Applicant Portal - on the Portal, every application that you have submitted will be listed, along with its respective status.
For subsequent applications, submitting the application will be sufficient, the system will not ask you to pay the application fee once more. You will receive an automated message acknowledging receipt of your application only for the first application submitted. 

I'm about to send in my application. How can I be sure that I have attached all required documents?
The online application automatically checks a certain number of required questions and document uploads. Please note however that not all fields are mandatory, and the program you apply to might require fields to be filled in/items to be uploaded that are not marked as mandatory. Please first check the specific program requirements of the program in question, then thoroughly check all sections of the application before submitting, and also check the list of document uploads that are summarized on the last (submission) page of the application form. Please also note that references can be uploaded by the referees only AFTER you have submitted your application. The application will only be considered complete once the application fee payment was received.

I have started an application to a CEU BA program, but I have changed my mind and decided not to submit it after all. Can I delete it somehow?
Cancel the application for the program you no longer wish to apply for on the User Actions screen.

If you want to delete several applications you need to do so for each of them on the User Actions screen.

I am experiencing technical problems when trying to create a user account or when completing the online application/references. What should I do?
If you have any technical issues or concerns using the online application form, please contact  the CEU IT Help Desk.

HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER CREDENTIALS

I am in the final year of high school, so I do not have a diploma to upload yet. What shall I do? 

In place of the diploma, upload a certificate of enrollment stating, if possible, your expected date of graduation (see also item 1 of the Application Checklist). Please note that in order to be able to enroll at CEU, you must have graduated before the academic year at CEU begins. 

I am in the final year of high school, so I do not have a final transcript to upload yet. What shall I do? 

Upload an official current transcript. If you are accepted, we will need an official hard copy of the final transcript. 

Should my high school diploma and transcript be apostilled? 

No, that's not necessary.

Where can I upload my SAT (ACT, AP, etc.) score?

You may upload it in the Other Supporting Documents section. 

I would like to upload several additional documents but there is only 1 upload field (Other Supporting Documents). What should I do?
If you wish to upload several documents please merge them into one pdf file, making sure the file does not exceed 2 MB.

I would like to upload several additional documents but there is only 1 upload field (Other Supporting Documents). What should I do? 
If you wish to upload several documents please merge them into one pdf file, making sure the file does not exceed 2 MB. (In order to reduce the size of your file, please refer to the relevant FAQ under General Issues for help.)  

 LANGUAGE TEST SCORES

Where should I upload my English test score report? 
There is an upload field for English Language Qualifications in the Qualifications section of the online application form. It will pop up once you answer the first question (Do you qualify for exemption...?) with "No". 

Can I submit my English test (SAT, AP, etc.) scores after the application deadline? 
Applications should be submitted complete with the required language or other test scores as applicable. English or other test scores submitted after the application was submitted and processed are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

RECOMMENDATION (REFENCE) 

I hit the "Submit" button on my Application Form. How will my referee know s/he needs to complete a reference? 
Once you hit "Submit" and your application fee payment is recorded, the referee will receive an automated email with a link to the reference form. Please make sure to remind your referee that s/he has one week to submit a reference. 
For subsequent applications the automated email to the referee gets sent once you hit the "Submit" button. 
You can track the status of your reference in the Applicant Portal.

When does my reference have to be submitted by? 

It should be received latest a week after you have submitted your application.  

Can my recommendation be sent by postal mail? 
No. 

Can recommendations be submitted by electronic mail (email) or fax? 
No. 

My recommender has not received the automated email with the link to the reference form. Can you resend it to him/her? 
Please ask your referee to check his/her spam folder. If the email is not there, you can resend the link on the Applicant Portal. 

My referee has no access to the internet. Can I submit his/her recommendation for him/her? 
No, because we need a confidential recommendation the contents of which must not be known to you. Please make sure to register a referee who does have internet access. 

I am applying to more than one undergraduate program at CEU.  Do I need a separate reference sent for each application? 
Yes. The content can be the same but the letter itself has to be submitted for each application.  

Can a recommendation be transferred onto another application? 
Recommendations cannot be transferred from one application to another. A recommendation must be completed for each program you apply to. 

My referee prefers to write the reference in a language other than English. Can s/he do that? 
No. We can consider references in English only. 

APPLICATION FEE 

A friend/relative of mine will pay the application fee on my behalf. How can they do it? 
If another person pays the application fee on your behalf using their own credit card, s/he can use the CEU payment gateway (secure payment method). S/he will have to enter your (i.e. the applicant's) details first, then proceed to pay using his/her credit card details. 
Please make sure to hit the "submit" button on your application, only then can we record the third party payment, and receive your application. 

I am applying for two BA programs altogether. Does that mean I have to pay two times 30 EUR? 
No. Every applicant must pay the application fee only ONCE in the same admissions cycle. After you have paid it for your first application, our application system will record the payment for any further application in the same admissions cycle. 

I have been trying to pay the application fee through the payment gateway within the online application form but I don't seem to manage. Can you help? 
In order to use our payment portal successfully, please try/make sure to 
-  use a supported browser; 
- check that your card is one of those accepted; 
- check the balance on your account; 
- check your limit for online payments (maybe the purchase limit was lower than the sum of all purchases on that particular date); 
- finish the transaction within 5 minutes. 

Can I pay the application fee by wire transfer? 
Unfortunately, this is not possible. 

Can I pay the application fee by Western Union or MoneyGram? 
Unfortunately, neither is possible. 

 After You Apply

Can I add new documents to my submitted application, or replace some of the submitted documents with updated ones? 
No. If we need any further materials from you, we'll enable you to submit them on the Applicant Portal. 

How long after the closing date will a decision be made? 
You should receive one within 3 to 6 weeks of the receipt of your application.  

I have just received an email saying there’s an update to my application on the Applicant Portal. I’ve logged in but can’t find the update. Can you help? 
The update is normally a decision - please check the "Decision" field for the relevant application. 

How will I find out whether my application was successful? 
The admissions decision will be posted in the Applicant Portal. You will also be notified by email of the result.  

I see that my application has been rejected. Can I know the reasons? 
If your application has met the formal entry requirements, then it has been rejected for academic reasons by the selection committee, based on a thorough review of your credentials. These include your past academic achievement, strength of your recommendation, English language competency, intellectual merit, extracurricular activity and experience (if applicable), expectations of the program, future plans, and general compatibility with the goals of the academic program. We review a large number of applications each year, which makes for an extremely competitive selection process. This means that from all the qualified candidates that apply, only a few can be accepted.  
Please note that CEU does not provide information on the reasons why an application has been rejected; if, however, you choose to apply again next year, you will be competing against a different applicant pool, and may receive a different decision. 

Can I work while studying at CEU? 
Full-time students may work up to 20 hours a week subject to departmental permission and, unless you are a permanent resident or citizen of an EU/EEA country, the acquisition of a work permit. Please note that even if both are granted, we cannot guarantee students employment because CEU does not currently offer a work-study scheme. Please consider this before accepting a study offer.