Last updated on April 2, 2020
1. Application Process
Q: I would like to apply to CEU. Can I still submit my application?
A: Yes, applications for our bachelor’s programs remain open for academic year 2020-2021 – check our application deadlines in the admissions section. We have switched to remote applications review, and all processes are in place to ensure the admissions timeline is unaffected by Covid-19. If you are interested in applying to one or both of our BA programs, please do not hesitate to do so.
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: It is hard to predict how the Covid-19 situation will develop over the next several months. Universities around the world, including CEU, are closely monitoring developments. 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. If your application is successful, we will be in touch with the next steps leading up to registration. We are currently exploring creative solutions for launching the new academic year and will update you regularly as more information becomes available.
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: Can I still apply if the final exams have been cancelled in my country?
A: Yes. We are trying our best to make sure that the aspirations of talented applicants will not come to a halt due to current circumstances. If high school leaving examinations have been cancelled in your country, but you will still be able to graduate, please do not hesitate to apply to CEU. If your school can issue a document certifying that you have completed your secondary education, CEU will review that document and your application will be valid. If you gain admission to CEU, you will be able to enroll with completion documents formally issued by your high school in lieu of final examinations scores due to the Covid-19 situation.
2. Application requirements
Q: The English language proficiency exam I was planning to take has been cancelled/suspended in my country. Is there any 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: The final exams have been postponed in my country and I might not receive a high school graduation certificate in time. What can I do?
A: Some countries are deciding to postpone final examinations until the summer. Your CEU application is evaluated based on your high school transcript and other application materials. If admitted, you will need to present your high school diploma as soon as it becomes available in order to be enrolled as a student at CEU.
Q: I am concerned that my high school diploma might not be issued by my planned enrollment date at CEU. Can I submit it later?
A: We are aware that in some countries, an official high school diploma might only be available with a delay. We understand that the situation is very challenging, and we are open to discuss specific issues with admitted applicants as the situation unfolds. You may enroll based on your graduation certificate and may submit the certified copy of your high school diploma later, as soon as it becomes available.
Q: I’m ready to upload my high school transcript, but I cannot provide a certified English translation at the moment. What should I do?
A: You have two options:
- Ask your school or a teacher to translate your transcript for you and to then send the original transcript along with the translation directly to our Admissions Office at email@example.com from their official school email.
- Translate the transcript yourself and send it to your school for verification. After the school has confirmed that the translation is correct, they should email both the original transcript and the translation directly to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I do not have access to my transcripts and my school is currently closed due to the Covid-19 situation. What can I do to provide my transcripts in time?
A: As many teachers are currently working from home, it is highly likely that you may be able to contact either a teacher or your principal via email. We encourage you to email your school and your teacher to request help with obtaining any missing transcripts or supplemental documents. Should you encounter any problems, please let the Admissions Office know at email@example.com.
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, even if you are applying to both programs. For more information, please check this page.
3. Visa-related issues
Q: Can I make an appointment at the embassy before I have collected all required documents?
A: No, please make sure to have all required documents in place before you make an appointment. If any document is missing at your official appointment, it could result in significant delays to your visa and residence application.
Q: I have concerns about how student visa applications will be affected by the current situation. 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 Austrian embassy or consulate in your home country. Currently all Austrian representations abroad have closed due to the entry ban into Austria. For now, please make sure to follow social-distancing advice and do not take any risks for the sake of visa applications or other administrative requirements. There is ample time for you to collect and legalize all necessary documentation and submit your visa or residence permit application.
Q: Who can I turn to at CEU with visa-related inquiries?
A: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org – we are online every day during normal office hours.
4. Staying in touch
Q: I was planning to visit the CEU campus. Is this still possible?
A: Unfortunately, no. All university premises are currently closed to students and the public until further notice. All of our classes have moved online, and our staff work remotely. We can offer you online alternatives to face-to-face meetings and physical tours, such as webinars and one-on-one sessions.
Q: I was looking forward to attending on-campus events in the spring. How can I stay in touch and get answers to my questions?
A: We are planning a series of webinars for those interested in CEU’s BA programs, including information sessions with our professors as well as Q&A sessions with members of our Enrollment Team. Check this page for upcoming events. Plus, to get a taste of what it is like to study at CEU, watch our sample classes, ‘The Power of a Tweet’ and ‘Do We Have Free Will?’ if you have not already done so. You can also watch our webinar with the Dean of Undergraduate Programs here.
Q: Will you still be carrying out events in my country? How am I able to meet staff from the university?
A: CEU has cancelled all its high school visits and college fair participation for the remainder of the spring. If you have any questions about our BA programs, please email our team at email@example.com. We are here to help!