Welcome to CEU



A university with a mission

Are you ready for a life-changing experience? Ever since our founding in 1991, we’ve been seeking solutions to the complex problems of our world, in the spirit of supporting open and democratic societies. And while we’ve grown from a regional academic center into a truly global institution, with students and faculty from over 100 countries, our mission has remained unchanged. In fact, we believe this mission is just as important today as it was almost 30 years ago. Whether you’ve already found what inspires you or you’re still looking to discover your passion, at CEU you’ll be challenged to question everything you thought you ever knew...in and out of the classroom. Listen, debate and arrive at your own conclusions.

A community for a lifetime

Our diverse community is our greatest asset – sharing experience, knowledge and ideas across disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds. CEU is a place where your voice truly matters, your opinions are heard, and your experience counts – so get involved! But that’s not all: by joining CEU, you’ll become a part of a community that lasts long after graduation. With approximately 17,000 graduates in more than 130 countries, you’ll never be far from your fellow CEU alumni.

Browse the links and videos below for a taste of what is to come, from next steps to first-hand student experiences, life in our diverse community to exploring beautiful Vienna. See you at CEU soon!

From our President and Rector


Watch President and Rector Michael Ignatieff’s welcome video for the incoming class.

Our campus

Discover our campus in Vienna’s vibrant, multicultural 9th district.

My CEU, our Vienna

Watch CEU alumni talk about what Vienna, ‘the world’s most livable city’, means to them.

The moment I got accepted

Some moments stay with us forever. Hear students recall when they found out they had got in.

How I prepared for CEU

Ready for the big move? Watch students discuss how they prepared for their CEU adventure.

The first week at CEU

Hear what our students have to say about their first impressions after the Orientation Week.

Next steps

Here are your top to-dos, from accepting your offer to submitting your academic records.

Visa and residence permits

Find out what documents you will need to apply for a visa to study in Austria or Hungary.


Browse your accommodation options, both in Vienna and in Budapest.

Meet your department

Watch our videos and hear straight from professors and students at your department

Bachelor’s studies at CEU

Discover what you can expect as a member of our BA class and the wider CEU community.

A diverse community

Celebrate diversity by sharing what makes your home country special.