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:


We express our grave concern for the situation in Budapest and our Alma Mater.

It is with concern that we have learnt about the Hungarian amendments to Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education that passed into law on April 4th 2017.

Leopoldina sent a concerned letter on the higher education legislation passed on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, addressed to His Excellency János Áder, President of Hungary, to His Excellency Viktor Orbán,

The Federal Government of Germany expresses concern over the latest amendment of the Hungarian Higher Education Act. You can read the full statement in German at the link below.

The Hungarian government is, despite wide international protests, pushing through a law amendment with the intention of closing down the prestigious Central European University (CEU), which since 1

Following a draft law from Victor Orbán’s government that would effectively ban the globally regarded Central European University (CEU) from operating in Hungary, S&D Group president Gianni Pit

We at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) at Columbia University are writing to express solidarity with Central European University and express concern at proposed le

In the name of the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, I respectfully urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation direct

The Rector of the University of Louvain expresses great concern over the possible closure of the Central European University (CEU) as a result of the new Hungarian legislation and he would like to

On behalf of my fellow Colleagues and Doctoral Fellows (2016-2017) of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, I respectfully urge the government and the Hungarian parliament