On April 10, 2017, President of the Republic of Hungary Janos Ader signed into law amendments to Hungary’s national higher education legislation which restrict academic freedom for CEU and other international universities operating in Hungary.

CEU strongly disagrees with this decision and, accordingly, continues to pursue all available legal remedies. Further, CEU calls on the Hungarian government to display the “mutual good will” called for by President Ader to find a solution to enable CEU to stay in Budapest.

On October 25, 2018 the Board of Trustees of CEU announced that incoming students for its U.S.-accredited masters and doctoral programs will study at a new campus in Vienna beginning in the academic year 2019-20. The Trustees authorized the move as of December 1, 2018. 

We remain deeply grateful to the thousands of supporters whose vigorous defense of free inquiry, free exchange of knowledge, and free institutions of learning continues to encourage us. CEU will maintain the continuity of its teaching and research, its degree programs, and its service to the community, without interruption.

We will continue to keep you updated on future outreach and encourage you to:

Additionally, below are resources regarding the legislation and CEU's response:


The Czech Rectors Conference has expressed their concern "about the latest reports related to the possible termination of the activities carried out by the Central European University (CEU) based i

CEU is a vital institution that has done so much in a relatively short time to empower free inquiry and the dissemination of knowledge throughout Europe, and indeed the world.

Former President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski expressed his concern about the amendments to Hungary's higher education law in a letter to President and Rector Michael Ignatieff.

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, chancellor of the Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister, and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group sent a letter of solid

"Chancellor Merkel’s spokesperson stated 4/5/17 at a press conference in Berlin:

Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth expresses support for CEU in the following statement. You can read the full article in German on the link below.

"Central European University is first and foremost a home for real research, a home that enables discoveries, and a home that is young and that does not stop developing for even a moment.

Fontos kiemelni, hogy a CEU Kognitív Idegtudományi Tanszékének magas szakmai színvonalát jelzik a kutatói által Magyarországra hozott nagy összegű kutatási támogatások is.

Pedro Aires Oliveira, chairman of the Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC), sent a letter to Hungarian Minister Zoltan Balog, where he affirms the IHC's solidarity with his colleagues at the U

IDPC addressed their support letter to President Áder.