Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Last updated on August 3, 2020

1. Application process 

Q: I would like to apply to CEU. Can I still submit my application?
A: Yes, applications remain open to self-financing applicants from EU/EEA countries – check our deadlines in the admissions section, plus also look at the relevant CEU department website. We have switched to remote applications review, and all processes are in place to ensure that the admissions timeline is unaffected by Covid-19. 

Q: Do you expect any delays in publishing admission results?
A: We are sticking to the admissions decisions as per the original timeline published on our website.

Q: I would like to apply, but I am worried that travel bans could prevent me from enrolling for fall 2020. Are classes going to start at CEU in fall 2020?
A: If you are interested in joining CEU in fall 2020 but are concerned about current travel restrictions, we would still encourage you to apply. We are committed to ensuring that all our incoming students can enroll for academic year 2020-2021. CEU is going to offer classes on campus to students who are able to join us in person. For students who are unable to travel to Austria, CEU will offer blended synchronous teaching with online courses during the first term. 
Check the academic calendar for more information regarding teaching schedules. If you have further questions, email your academic department.

Q: I reside in a country affected by the pandemic. Will this impact my chances of being admitted?
A: No. We consider all applications regardless of nationality, home country or current location, as has always been the case. 

Q: I might not receive my bachelor’s degree by my planned enrollment date at CEU. Can I still apply?
A: Yes. You may enroll based on a graduation certificate and may submit the certified copy of your bachelor’s diploma at a later date, when it becomes available.

Q: Who can I contact with application-related questions?
A: Please do not hesitate to email us at

2. Application requirements

Q: The English language proficiency exam I was planning to take has been cancelled/suspended in my country. Is there an alternative option?
A: We know that several testing centers have closed, but some providers are temporarily offering special ‘home versions’ to meet the needs of students who are currently unable to take the test. For TOEFL iBT, check here to see whether this is offered in your area. In addition, since we do not want anyone to lose an opportunity due to the current situation, we now also accept the Duolingo English Language Test, which can be taken online. The required minimum score for both bachelor’s and master’s applicants is 110.

Q: Can I get an extension on gathering all the required documents from my university?
A: Yes. We know that many schools and universities have closed all over the world as a result of the pandemic and we are closely following the situation. Given current circumstances, you may upload unofficial copies of your academic records, with an uncertified translation if applicable.

Q: Can the application fee be waived due to the current Covid-19 situation?
A: The one-time application fee of EUR 30 cannot be waived, but you will only need to pay it once in an application period, regardless of how many programs you are applying to (up to five). For more information, please check this page.

3. Visa-related issues

Q: I have concerns about how student visa applications will be affected. What should I do?
A: We understand that visa application timelines may be affected, and we are liaising with and following updates and recommendations from the Austrian authorities. In addition, we suggest that you check with the local Austrian embassy or consulate in your home country. Even in case their website states that they are currently closed, make sure to call or email them as many embassies and consulates offer help with document questions and other concerns via phone or email.

4. Staying in touch 

Q: I was planning to visit the CEU campus. Is this still possible?
A: Unfortunately, no. As of June 15, Vienna-Quellenstrasse 51 remains shut; Budapest-Nador complex has a phased reopening. We can offer you online alternatives to face-to-face meetings and physical tours, such as webinars and one-on-one sessions.