Program Structure

This BA program both integrates into the European-wide Bologna system and offers the best of the American undergraduate education system. After successful completion of a four-year BA, students will have a European and an American BA degree. At the beginning of the program students receive a solid foundation in all three disciplines, and as they progress through the program, they are offered an increasing amount of choice in terms of orientation and focus.

The four-year BA can pave the way to pursuing a one-year MA for students who choose to specialize further. 

Year by Year

Year 1 (30 U.S. credits or 60 ECTS credits)

  • broad-based foundation 
  • all courses mandatory

Divided into 9 modules

  • 8 introductory discipline-based modules
  • 1 skills-based module > Introduction to Academic Writing

Year 2 (30 U.S. credits or 60 ECTS credits)

  • 2 core modules, one in each chosen subject
  • 1 module of optional courses from other CEU programs
  • increased specialization and course choice

Year 3 (30 U.S. credits or 60 ECTS credits)
Completion of Austrian BA 

  • 2 advanced topics modules, one in each chosen subject
  • 1 module of optional courses, with many choices
  • individual thesis 
  • study abroad options for students
  • further increase in specialization and course choice

Year 4 (30 U.S. credits)
Completion of U.S. BA*

  • advanced coursework, including the option to take MA courses
  • students can pursue a Major 
  • conduct significant research
  • carry out independent capstone project showcasing specialized knowledge and transferable skills

* With 180 ECTS credits (120 U.S. credits) you will graduate with an Austrian and an American degree at end of the fourth year.