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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 5.44k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 5.44k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 April 2020
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 267pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

    Application deadlines: April 15, 2020 for applicants who require a study visa; August 14, 2020 for applicants who do not require a study visa

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    BA in Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS)

    The Austrian and U.S. accredited Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS) program provides an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts curriculum updated for 21st century challenges. The curriculum is based on the reality that in order to be an independent thinker in our time, and to be ready for work after graduation, students need to be equipped with skills that go beyond knowing how to read and compose written texts. CPS is designed for the generation that has come of age after the digital revolution, living in a society flooded with information, disinformation and with technological transformations which continue to change how we learn, communicate, and relate to one another.

    Students in CPS acquire skills for interpreting a wide variety of information, ranging from classical texts to statistical data, to understanding the algorithms behind common social media graphics. They are trained in the vital skills necessary for producing knowledge and communicating it in multi-media forms outside the classroom. They are also taught a rich and comprehensive curriculum in the social sciences and humanities, opening many paths towards a fourth-year specialization and completion of a BA major.

    Professor Dorit Geva, head of the program and founding dean of undergraduate programs, taught at the University of Chicago. With students assisting in her research, she publishes on topics such as the rise of the radical right, contemporary theories of gender and sexuality, and the moral panic surrounding cryptocurrencies. 

    Possible majors

    • Cultural Heritage
    • Environmental Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • History
    • Human Rights
    • International Relations
    • Medieval Studies
    • Nationalism Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Sociology and Social Anthropology
    • Visual Theory and Practice

    Possible minors

    • Cultural Heritage
    • Environmental Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • History
    • Human Rights
    • International Relations
    • Medieval Studies
    • Nationalism Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Sociology and Social Anthropology
    • Visual Theory and Practice

    University requirements


    Program requirements

    • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
    • High school records
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • CV
    • Application essay
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP or IB (preferred but not mandatory)

    Fund your studies

    • Inaugural class tuition award: EUR 5,000 per year, for the full length of your studies

    Our first class of undergraduate students in 2020-21 receive a 50% tuition award of the EUR 10,000 annual tuition fee. Members of the inaugural class will be granted this award for the entire duration of their studies.

    • Presidential tuition award: 5,000 EUR for two outstanding candidates

    Two outstanding candidates will receive a Presidential Award for the total value of 5,000 EUR each. The Award covers part of the tuition fee throughout the four years of BA studies as follows:

    • Year I: 500 EUR
    • Year II: 1,000 EUR
    • Year III: 1,500 EUR
    • Year IV: 2,000 EUR

    Spark your career

    The CPS program integrates into the Europe-wide Bologna system and offers the best of the American undergraduate education system. Students who complete four years of study will receive both an Austrian and an American BA degree, which can prepare them for an MA.

    By developing a wide range of transferable skills, students will receive an excellent foundation for several future career directions. Competence in analyzing, interpreting and communicating knowledge is in high demand on today's job market. These skills open many doors for CPS graduates, ranging from pursuing graduate studies to a wide variety of career options in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

    Pursue possible careers in:
    •  Media and Communication
    •  Business and Consulting
    •  Cultural Sphere
    •  Creative industries
    •  Public and non-profit sectors
    •  Academia and research

    Join a global network

    You will develop a wide range of transferable skills – most importantly, the ability to think critically – that will open doors for you. With its network of global employers, online job search platform, and team of advisers, our Career Services Office will help you find an internship and apply for funding, and provide personal guidance as you find your path. Our Alumni Relations Office will connect you with 16,000 graduates who are making an impact around the world, from Shanghai to Berlin to Los Angeles. You’ ll be joining a community that lasts a lifetime.

    Study in Vienna

    Apply now and be among the first to study at our new campus in Vienna! Did you know that the Austrian capital has been ranked as the world's “most livable city” for ten years in a row? Find out more about CEU in Vienna at www.ceu.edu/vienna.

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