Central European University Summer School

January 23, 2012

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized
institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and
humanities. The summer school draws its student body of around 500
participants annually from more than 68 countries and its faculty from
over 30 countries.

In 2012 the summer school offers 18 high-level, research-oriented,
interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy
issues for professional development, taught by internationally
renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty).
Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is

The general application deadline is February 15, 2012. More
information about the application process is available at and the relevant course web sites.



Please read the following directions carefully and before starting the application process please visit the relevant links on the course web pages for specific information on the academic content (faculty list, course description, etc.), course dates, application deadlines and requirements, eligibility and financial information at

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  • Completed online SUN Application Form,
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Course-specific requirements (research proposal, writing sample, academic records if requested, etc.)

Optional attachments:

  • A copy of an article in English published recently (if available)
  • A copy of an English language certificate (if available)

1. Online Application Form-

SUN's online application form, delivered by Embark, enables the online submission of the application form itself as well as all other relevant documentation, including CV's and resumes, letter of recommendation, statements of purpose and application essays (such as research proposal, case study, paper proposal, writing samples, academic records, etc.), eliminating all paper mailing to the SUN Office.

In addition, applicants will be able to use this system to track their progress and learn the outcome of their admissions evaluation online. Admissions decisions will be available to applicants as soon as they are entered into the system, in most cases some time in April (please check Important Course Dates on the course web sites for the expected date of decision).

Applicants may apply to maximum two courses. Please note that if you are going to apply to two courses, you must submit a separate application for each. In such cases you should upload a separate set of attachments customized, if necessary, to the differing needs and requirements of the two courses. You will be required to rank them in order of preference, starting with the one you are more interested in. Please make sure your ranking is consistent in both of your applications - if it is not, your applications may not be considered.

Applicants can only be accepted to two courses if the two courses are run consecutively. (Financial aid is only available for attending one course.) In such cases please mark both courses as "Preferred Course" and inform the Summer University office at summeru@ceu.huabout your special preference.

Detailed user's instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, checkthe relevant Frequently Asked Questions section of the Summer University web site.

2. Letter of Recommendation

Applicants must have one letter of recommendation submitted (except for the Media and Development course, which requests two letters of recommendation and the Advanced European Union Legal Practice course, which does not require a letter of recommendation). Please arrange for a letter of recommendation to be written by a referee (faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can attest to your abilities, qualifications and academic/professional performance. Please advise the referee about the title and content of the course you are applying to. The letter must be completed in English and submitted by the referees online via the online application facility.

3. A full curriculum vitae or resume
Please include a list of publications, if any.

4. Statement of Purpose

In the Statement of Purpose please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies. You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course web page so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course.

5. Course-specific requirements

These may include a research proposal, case study, paper proposal, writing samples, academic records, etc. Each course has different requirements, which are listed in the relevant section on the course websites.

Academic records are only requested by the Advanced European Union Legal Practice course, for which applicants must submit with the online application form a scanned image of the diploma and/or transcript (see more on the course web site).

Optional attachments

1. A copy of an article in English published recently
If you have an article published in English, please upload it in the online system.

2. A copy of an English language certificate (if available)
As proof of your English language proficiency, if you have passed a language exam, please upload a scanned copy of your English language exam result in the online system.

All application materials must be submitted electronically with the online application form. CEU does not accept application documents by e-mail or fax. Candidates who may experience difficulties with the online submission of their documents should contact the SUN Office.

CEU does not return application documents, or copies thereof under any circumstances. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff:

E-mail for inquiry and correspondence:
Tel: (36-1) 327-3811
Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
Skype (free Internet telephone): ceu-sun


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results around the end of April. Please check the 'Important course dates' section on the relevant course web sites for earlier or later planned notification deadlines. The final decision is not open to appeal.

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