CEU Summer University

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.

The summer school is a meeting place for academics and professionals, eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. During SUN everyone particularly enjoys the exposure to this immense diversity, of countries, disciplines, views, and perspectives. Discussions are encouraged and conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and intellectual curiosity.

Courses involve distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), and excellent 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 is unique in its diversity of faculty and student body as well as its academic offerings. It 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 107 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 approximately 62 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.

The summer courses are primarily targeted at graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals.

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)

The course list for the summer of 2010 is available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/. More detailed information about the application procedure, etc. is available on the relevant course pages as well as at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/apply.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2010 (unless stated otherwise in the announcement of a particular course).