Hungarian Legislation FAQ

1. I hear Hungary has introduced new legislation that impacts CEU. How would the amendments to Hungary’s Act CCIV of 2011 on national higher education affect CEU’s operations in Hungary?

You can apply with confidence and if offered a place you can plan on pursuing a degree to a successful conclusion.

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 Government of Hungary and the State of New York have negotiated an agreement, and CEU hopes it will be signed and ratified soon. Recently, the deadline for compliance with the law was extended to January 1, 2019. While this does not represent a permanent solution, it does mean CEU can admit a full class for Academic Year 2018-19 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.

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 the U.S. or to any other country?

We are committed to remaining in Budapest, our home for over two decades. We have recently launched operations at a new location at Bard College in New York, and have signed a memorandum of understanding that would enable us to expand also to Vienna. Decisions on what academic programs would be launchehave not yet been made, and the launch would happen in September 2019 at the earliest. Currently enrolled students and those enrolling in 2018 will be able to finish their studies in Budapest.

5. Will CEU’s name change?

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

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

As CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff wrote in his New York Times op-ed on April 3, 2017, “As for Central European University, its board and its administration will never surrender its academic freedom to anyone.”

7. 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. CEU is recognized as the 39th best young university in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking, published on April 5, 2017. In addition, our degree programs in the fields of politics and international studies were ranked 42nd in the world according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject ranking, as announced on March 8, 2017. CEU faculty remain dedicated to providing this high level of academic excellence.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Does the current situation affect my application?

No, the current situation does not affect your application. For details about the application process for fall 2018, see

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.