In Austria, CEU is recognized as a private higher education institution, pursuant to section 7 of the Decree on Accreditation of Private Universities (PU-AkkVO). Central European University Private University (CEU PU) is accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria, address: Franz-Klein-Gasse 5, 1190 Vienna., phone: +43 1 532 02 20-0).

AQ Austria is a quality assurance agency that is recognized in Austria and internationally and operates in several countries. It is based on the values of public responsibility for quality in higher education; academic freedom; autonomy of higher education institutions; and scientific integrity.

CEU PU submitted an application that documented the fulfillment of the accreditation criteria. After AQ Austria reviewed the application for formal correctness and completeness, it appointed reviewers to examine the university and 6 initial study programs. For this purpose, the agency carried out an on-site visit, during which a panel of experts met with representatives of CEU PU to discuss the fulfillment of the accreditation requirements, the quality of the university and the degree programs. The panel's report (together with a statement from CEU PU) formed the basis for the accreditation decision by the board of AQ Austria.