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Central European University

Website: http://ceu.bard.edu/

Central European University

Bard has a longstanding, close relationship with the Central European University (CEU), a US-style graduate level institution in the social sciences and humanities located in Budapest, Hungary, and founded by philanthropist George Soros. In 1994, Bard played a role in securing the CEU’s initial accreditation by New York State. Bard President Leon Botstein serves as Chairman of CEU’s Board of Advisors.

Through the Bard-CEU program, advanced and motivated undergraduates can spend a semester or a year in a program that is tailored to assure their success in the graduate environment while also introducing them to Hungary and a rich mix of cultures represented by CEU’s international student body. Since 2001, students from over 30 U.S. colleges and universities have participated in the program.

CEU’s total enrollment of about 1,000 students is divided into master's programs (60%) and doctoral programs (40%). Students come from over 70 countries, faculty from more than 30—and the mix of nationalities is increasing every year. Such an international profile is unusual in the sense that this relatively small community offers a richly dense international cross-section and creates special dynamics in the classroom. Very few other universities can claim to have a student and a faculty body within which there is no particular national predominance.

The Bard-CEU program attracts students from a diverse set of institutions in North America. To enable undergraduate students to participate in graduate level courses, this program follows selective admissions criteria and provides careful academic advising.

Institute for International Liberal Education
Bard College, Jim and Mary Ottaway Gatehouse, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Tel.: 845-758-7835, Fax: 845-758-7040, E-mail: iile@bard.edu