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CEU Summer University


Quotes from students

“The strengths of the course were the diversity of lecturers and multiple approaches to the topic" (Strategic Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity course participant 2005)

“It was most inspiring to have expert lectures from so many different scientific areas and countries talk about their specific fields of research. It added to the unique experience to have a large number of "summer-students" from all over the world amongst the participants and to have participants from transitional and developing countries so well-represented.” (Strategic Corruption Control and Organizational Integrity course participant 2005



  • SUN is a part of Central European University (CEU) which is an international university, accredited both in the United States and in Hungary, offering a combination of American and European academic cultures.
  • Established in 1996, CEU’s Summer University program hosts high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Courses involve distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), and advanced doctoral students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals as participants. While application from all over the world is encouraged, continued priority is given to applicants from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and countries experiencing emerging democracies worldwide. Applicants from these countries, when admitted on merit, will be eligible for scholarship, while those from developed countries will usually be expected to pay fees.
  • Course offerings cater for the various needs of academic and professional development across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cultural studies, environmental sciences, comparative religion, political science, public policy, sociology, international relations, legal studies, etc. The program encourages topics in newly emerging fields and transdisciplinary approaches.

The Program

  • unique in its diversity of faculty and student body as well as its academic offerings;
  • brings together groups of interested individuals to study together intensively for two or three weeks in Budapest coming from an enormously varied geographical, cultural and academic background;
  • Participants have been accepted into the program from 106 different countries ranging from East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union to countries of Asia, Africa, North America and South America
  • The courses are taught by a team of teachers who also represent a wide range of countries in an effort to match the diversity of the student body
  • Professors have come from 89 different countries from the region as well as mostly from Western Europe and America. This exciting multi-cultural composition of the courses provides a stimulating environment for engaging participants and faculty in an inspiring and enriching dialogue during the summer school.


  • Minimum requirement for application is a university degree.
  • Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered with the exception of the course entitled “The European Union and the WTO” where all participants must have earned a first degree in law, or be near completion of their law degree.
  • Applicants for the “Non-Governmental Public Action” course must be enrolled with a university as candidates for a PhD.
  • The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. (In some instances you may be contacted for a telephone interview.)

Program Costs
The program costs for 2007 are the following:

Single room
including breakfast
Double room
including breakfast
CEU Center 1
Hotel Eben
Hotel Platanus
CEU Center 1
Hotel Eben
Hotel Platanus

One-week course 1

EUR 250

EUR 168

EUR 210

EUR 222

EUR 102

EUR 132

EUR 126

Two-week course 2

EUR 500

EUR 364

EUR 455

EUR 481

EUR 221

EUR 286

EUR 273

Three-week course 3

EUR 750

EUR 560

EUR 700

EUR 740

EUR 340

EUR 440

EUR 420

  1. Before and after SUN, the special SUN rates above do not apply; participants are expected to pay 36 EUR for a single room, and 48 EUR for a double room. Applicants from developed countries

  2. The fee for the “Integrity Reform and Strategic Corruption Control” course is 1000 EUR/10 days for those employed by government agencies and international organizations. The fee for the course is 500 EUR/10 days for students, academics, researchers and those employed by the non-profit sector. Reduced fees or fee waivers may be available.

  3. The fee for the “The European Union and the WTO” course is 650 EUR/3 weeks.

Financial Aid
Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging democracies worldwide can apply for financial aid. See the various financial aid packages below.

  • Tuition waiver: The tuition fee is provided. Recipients have to cover their own insurance, travel, accommodation, and living expenses.
  • Partial SUN Scholarship: Includes tuition fee, accommodation and insurance. The recipients of the scholarship have to cover their travel and living expenses.
  • Full Scholarship: Includes tuition fee, accommodation, insurance and a full or partial travel grant. The recipients of the scholarship have to cover their living expenses.
  • The Full Scholarships includes a full or partial travel grant, which can be applied for on a competitive basis and will be available in a limited number. Visa costs and short domestic trips are not reimbursed. The citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for a travel grant: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the western part of Ukraine. (Exception: participants of the "Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-National Approaches to Romany Studies - a Model for Europe" course are eligible for a travel grant from any country.)
  • The scholarships do not include living expenses; participants have to cover these on their own. Living expenses including local transportation and meals are estimated to be EUR 170 for two weeks.
  • As the number of fully funded scholarships available is limited, funding offered by institutions or individuals is welcome so that we can invite more well qualified applicants. When preparing your application, please consider if you or your institution can contribute to the program expenses. Faculty and Ph.D. students are advised to approach their home departments for travel grants; researchers may have research grants available which can cover their participation; professionals may turn to their employers to fund their training in SUN. While selection of applicants will be based on the academic merit of the applications, those willing to bear the participation costs fully or partially will be preferred in case of equally strong applications. See more information on the various forms of financial aid at http://www.ceu.hu/sun.

Courses in 2007

Anthropology, Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Philosophy of Mind
Culture and Cognition

July 4 – 12, 2007

Course directors: Gyorgy Gergely Hungarian Academy of Sciences , Developmental Research
Dan Sperber Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, EHESS and ENS, France

Cultural Studies, Cultural Theory

Culture as Resource: Culture and Democracy in the Global System

July 16 – 27, 2007

Course directors: Imre Szeman McMaster University , Institute on Globalization, Canada

Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science

Media Globalization and Post-communist European Identities

July 2 - 13, 2007

Sponsored by: Research Institute (of Language, Culture and History) of the Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ; The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research; Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis
Course directors: Aniko Imre University of Southern California
John Neubauer University of Amsterdam ,Comparative Literature, The Netherlands
  Ginette Verstraete Free University Amsterdam , Comparative Arts and Media Studies, The Netherlands
Course Coordinator: Huub van Baar Universiteit van Amsterdam

Political Science, International Relations, Sociology

Non-Govermental Public Action

July 16 - 20, 2007

Co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council , UK
Course directors: Diane Stone University of Warwick , PAIS, United Kingdom

Medieval Studies

The Birth of Medieval Europe: Interactions of Power Zones and
their Cultures in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy

July 16 - 27, 2007

Course directors: Jozsef Laszlovszky Central European University , Medieval Studies, Hungary

Legal Studies

The European Union and the WTO: Disciplining Regional and Global Markets

July 2 – 21, 2007

In co-operation with the Department of Legal Studies of CEU and the Total Law™ team
Course directors:

Marie Pierre Granger Central European University , Legal Studies, Hungary

  Imola Streho European Court of Justice , Luxembourg
Joseph Weiler New York University , Jean Monnet Center , USA


Environmental Sciences

Energy and the Environment - Of Outsiders and Newcomers:
Engaging the US and the Developing World in a Future Climate Regime

July 22 – 27, 2007

Course directors: Michael Rodi Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Public Law, Finance and Tax Law, Germany

Public Administration, Public Sector Ethics, Law, Economics, Politics, Anthropology

Integrity Reform and Strategic Corruption Control

July 2 – 11, 2007

In co-operation with Tiri - A Pro-Integrity Policy Network, London and the Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Course directors: Fredrik Galtung Tiri, United Kingdom

Public Policy

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management

July 2 – 13, 2007

Supported by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of the Open Society Institute, Budapest

With distance learning module starting on January 15.
Course directors: Jozsef Hegedus Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary
Adrian Ionescu Open Society Institute, LGI, Hungary

Legal Studies

Mediation and Other Methods to Foster Democratic Dialogue

June 11 – 22, 2007

In cooperation with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York and Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota
Course directors:

James Coben Hamline University, Dispute Resolution Institute, USA

Lela Love Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, USA


Social anthropology, Romany Studies

Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-National Approaches to Romany Studies
- a Model for Europe

July 2 – 20, 2007

Course directors:

Michael Stewart University College London, Anthropology, UK

Julia Szalai Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology

Urban Studies

Public Management of Urban Change in Transitional Cities

July 2 - 13, 2007

Supported by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Institute, Budapest
Course directors: Katalin Pallai Urban Specialist, Budapest
Course manager Masa Djordjevic Consultant, Open Society Institute, Budapest

Environmental Sciences, human development, sustainable development, poverty reduction

Sustainable Human Development and the Millennium Development Goals:
From International Frameworks to Regional Policies

July 2 – 13, 2007

In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Italian Ministry of Environment and Territories

Course directors: Alexios Antypas Central European University, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Hungary
Andrey Ivanov
 UNDP, Slovakia

Law and Pedagogy

Teaching Law, Human Rights and Ethics

July 9 – 13, 2007

In cooperation with Columbia Law School and Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

Course directors: Lusine Hovhannisian Public Interest Law Initiative, Hungary
Edwin Rekosh
 Public Interest Law Initiative, Hungary

Energy Policy

Energy Regulatory Practices

July 23 – 27, 2007

Co-sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development

Course directors: Peter Kaderjak Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

Admission Procedure
For further details on the admission procedure, please contact:
WisDen EduPark sdn bhd   Email:  enquiry@wisden.com.my

University homepage: www.sun.ceu.hu