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:


Faculty and students of the Department of Law and Justice at Jahangirnagar University, the second-largest public university in Bangladesh, expressed their solidarity with CEU in front of their camp

Jean-François Balaudé, president of the Paris-Nanterre University, president of the Alliance nationale ATHENA writes in defense of CEU in France's Liberation.

The Central European University's contribution to a progressive democratic order is essential, especially in a part of the world that has historically been so plagued by harmful ideologies, be it a

German politician and Member of the EU Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff spoke to CEU students, faculty and staff today and released the following statement in support of CEU. 

Our social business - LEAD Academy - has supported CEU and its School of Public Policy for the last 5 years by teaching applied leadership skills to public policy master students.

The MCO is concerned that these and other requirements would be prohibitive, threatening CEU's ability to operate.

A university is being expelled - Call to European governments and the European Commission to save the Central European University in Budapest.

The Max Planck Society, Germany's most successful research organization comprised of 83 research institutes, expressed its support of CEU and concern about the recent legislation

55 members of Croatian parliament have signed a petition inviting Central European University to resume its operations in Croatia.

"There is no doubt that the menaces against the Central European University are an insidious attack to the culture of freedom, and writers, intellectuals and academics who believe in freedom should mobilize to avoid this inquisitorial action," Vargas Llosa said in a statement.