“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have studied a master’s program that is distinguished by its excellent faculty, who are always there to challenge you and make you think critically. The department brings together students from all over the globe that inspires you to look at the world from many different perspectives. It has been such an empowering experience that not only helped me grow academically but also personally.”

The Department of International Relations at Central European University (CEU) combines multidisciplinary study of international relations with area expertise. The programs equip students with the analytical skills to capture the complexity of global and regional politics, and also with the practical skills required on the job market. Our faculty members are trained in international relations, political science, law, economics, sociology and history. In 2017, CEU’s programs related to politics and international studies were ranked 42nd in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject ranking.

Programs offered

  • Master of Arts in International Relations / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in International Relations / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in Global Economic Relations / 1 year, full-time/part-time/modular

Research areas

  • Ethnic conflict, civil wars and conflict resolution
  • The EU and the neighborhood
  • Varieties of capitalism
  • Comparative regionalism
  • Great power politics
  • European security and defense policy
  • Political economy of the EU
  • Post-Soviet politics
  • Internet and political activism
  • International relations of East Asia
  • Sociopolitical change in the Middle East and East Africa 

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