“I feel very lucky to have been a part of CEU’s History Department. Being interested in the history of Soviet architecture, I have gained a lot of inspiration from faculty and fellow students doing their own research in various fields. Working with them, I have developed a more nuanced perspective on my own work and learned a lot about new historical contexts and approaches. Budapest is a perfect place for such exchange, debates and making friends for life.”

The Department of History at Central European University (CEU) offers interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on Eastern, Central and Western Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia. The international faculty has a wide range of expertise, extending from the history of the Habsburg, Romanov and Ottoman Empires to the study of totalitarian regimes in the 20th century; from religious studies to numerous aspects of cultural, intellectual and social history.

Programs offered

  • Master of Arts in Comparative History / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in Comparative History: From 1500 to Present Time / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 years

Research areas

  • Nationalism studies
  • History of communism
  • History of fascism
  • History of Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov empires
  • Religious studies
  • Cultural history
  • Early modern history
  • Gender studies
  • Intellectual history
  • Social history
  • Urban studies 

Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Based in Budapest, the heart of Europe 

Scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. In 2016-2017, 84% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition fee awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

Apply by: 

  • February 1, 2018 for master’s studies with financial aid
  • June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies 

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here