We combine international relations research with regional expertise in the European Union and the wider European neighborhood. Our primary focus is on the evolving role of the EU, Russia, China and the U.S. in international affairs, the rise of new powers, and the role of non-state actors in world politics and the global economy. We will help you master the analytical skills to cut through the complex web of global politics, along with in-demand practical skills in the job market.

Programs offered

• Master of Arts in International Relations / 1 year
• Master of Arts in International Relations / 2 years
• Master of Arts in Global Economic Relations / 1 year, full-time/part-time/modular
• PhD in Political Science / International Relations Track

What you will study

  • International relations theory 
  • Security studies 
  • Foreign policy analysis 
  • History of international systems 
  • Ethnic conflict, civil wars and conflict resolution 
  • The EU and the neighborhood 
  • Varieties of capitalism 
  • Comparative regionalism 
  • Great power politics
  • European security and defense policy 
  • Post-Soviet politics 
  • Internet and political activism

Why CEU?

• Students and faculty from 115 countries
• Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
• Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
• 8:1 student/faculty ratio
• Based in Budapest and Vienna


In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country.

In 2017-2018, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid

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