Hungarian Legislation FAQ

1. How does Hungarian higher education legislation affect CEU's operations in Hungary, and how will it affect them in future? 

We encourage you to apply with confidence and if offered a place, you can plan on pursuing a degree to a successful conclusion. CEU will admit a new incoming class for Academic Year 2019-2020 and can guarantee that all admitted students who successfully complete their academic requirements will be able to graduate with a CEU degree. Whatever happens, CEU is committed to continuing uninterrupted operation of all degree programs.

In April 2017, Hungary introduced legislation that requires CEU to operate according to a new bilateral agreement between the Hungarian government and the State of New York, where CEU is accredited. The deadline for the government of Hungary to sign the agreement it negotiated with the State of New York is officially January 1, 2019. CEU has asked the government for a solution by December 1. If a solution is found, students will study in Budapest. If it is not forthcoming, all of CEU's U.S.-accredited degree programs will be offered in Vienna from 2019-2020.

2. Is it true that CEU does not comply with Hungarian higher education regulations?

CEU has been operating legally in Hungary for over two decades.

3. Will CEU continue its operations?

CEU will continue its operations under all circumstances.

4. Will CEU move to Austria or any other country?

We are committed to remaining in Budapest, our home for over two decades. At the same time, CEU is expanding to become a network university. In line with this vision, we are planning to open an additional location in Vienna, Austria, starting from Academic Year 2019-2020. We have also launched operations at an extension site in New York, in collaboration with Bard College.

If our situation in Hungary is not resolved by December 1, 2018, all U.S.-accredited programs will be offered at our new Vienna campus from September 2019. If our situation is resolved, we will continue offering our current programs in Budapest. We will let you know whether you will be studying in Budapest or Vienna as soon as possible. In all circumstances, you can accept our offer with confidence and look forward to studying for a master’s or doctoral degree at a welcoming and world-class academic community! Currently enrolled students will be able to finish their studies in Budapest.

5. How would CEU's move to Vienna affect student stipends?

We are committed to  offering a higher  student stipend for Vienna to assist with higher costs of living.

6. Will CEU offer housing to students in Vienna?

Yes. We are committed to providing housing to eligible students enrolled in Vienna.

7. Will CEU’s name change?

CEU is a recognized brand for quality graduate education and its name will not be changed.

8. Will CEU remain an independent institution able to exercise its academic freedom?

As CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff has repeatedly said publicly, CEU will not surrender its academic freedom to anyone.

9. Will CEU’s international faculty, its curriculum or the quality of education be compromised?

The quality of our programs and curriculum is well-known throughout Europe and the world. CEU’s academic programs are ranked highly by Times Higher Education and QS Rankings Worldwide.

In 2018, five of CEU’s academic programs were ranked among the top 100 in the world, and two others in the top 200, by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in its global subject rankings. CEU was ranked among the top 100 in the world in the fields of Politics, Social Policy, Sociology, History, and Philosophy.

CEU faculty remain dedicated to providing this high level of academic excellence.

10. Will the accreditation of the University be affected?

No. CEU holds an absolute charter from the New York State Education Department. In the United States, CEU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, while its Hungarian entity, KEE (Közép-európai Egyetem) is accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. Neither will change.

11. Will the accreditation of my degree be affected?

No. All programs remain registered by the New York State Education Department. Similarly, the Hungarian programs are and will remain accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee.

12. Will my tuition fee/deposit be refunded if CEU and the Hungarian government cannot find common ground?

If you apply, CEU undertakes to keep you fully informed of any change that affects your program, so that if you accept our offer, you do so on the basis of full and complete information about the operation of your degree program.

13. Does the current situation affect my application?

No, the current situation does not affect your application. For details about the application process for fall 2019, see

14. Can CEU sustain its financial stability?

The University’s financial situation is secure. CEU, like most American universities, has an endowment meant to support the University's operations over its lifetime. Some of CEU's programs are also supported by generous donors and foundations. In addition, CEU is the regional leader in winning European Research Council (ERC) grants.

15. Is it safe for me to travel to Budapest?

It is absolutely safe for you to travel to Budapest. It is a welcoming city. As usual, travelers should always be aware of their surroundings and take caution if necessary.

16. How can I show my support for CEU?

First, thank you for your support! We ask you to visit this website for ideas on how to show your support.

17. Where can I stay up to date with the developments?

We are dedicated to keeping our community and our supporters informed of the situation. Please check our website for regular updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.