Welcome to CEU’s Summer University, a very special postgraduate study-abroad opportunity in Budapest, one of the great capital cities in the heart of Europe. 

We have started posting summer courses held in 2015. More will be added soon, please check the evolving course list in the coming weeks. The online application form will be activated in early December.

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Format: 2014-11-01
Format: 2014-11-01

Research-Intensive courses

29 June - 4 July, 2015
This course will explore new approaches in the history of science and urban history by inviting renowned scholars from both fields as well as graduate students to take part in an ongoing conversation about scientific knowledge and urban space.
The study of the circulation and communication of knowledge in the public sphere has received increasing attention in recent years, bringing new approaches and developments to the study of history.
29 June - 4 July, 2015
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas? Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
29 June - 3 July, 2015
It is a new approach to moral philosophy that brings phenomenology to center stage. Until very recently, two great intellectual traditions – phenomenology and analytic philosophy – regarded each other with mistrust and hostility. Recently, philosophers across the divide have started to acknowledge the importance of the other tradition’s methods, recognized the extent to which they complement each other, and realized the benefits of working together. This course is a significant step in this process.
29 June - 10 July, 2015
The course provides an opportunity to reflect on the recent political upheavals in Russia and in Ukraine. The aim of this course is, however, to explore national identity and nationalism in Europe and Russia disentangled from the news and to reveal hidden historically embedded patterns. The course will be built on texts and data of recent research materials with interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical approaches. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of the synergy resulting from these various approaches.
13 July - 24 July, 2015
This will be a philosophy course on the topic of ontology and metaontology. Ontology is a branch of philosophy (in particular, of metaphysics) concerned with questions of existence.  Important ontological questions include the following: Are there any such things as abstract objects (i.e., non-physical, non-mental, non-spatiotemporal objects)? Are there are any such things as past and future objects, or are all objects presently existing objects?
13 July - 24 July, 2015
Political psychology is the study of political behaviour of individuals and groups in the context of what we know about human psychological characteristics. It is a discipline at the intersection of political science and psychology and includes research on various topics, such as the formation and change of political attitudes and ideologies and how these relate to political behaviour (e.g.
20 July - 29 July, 2015
The course will offer a global and comparative exploration of religious violence in the modern world. Religious violence is a much discussed topic in the social sciences, humanities and contemporary public sphere, but many analyses suffer from a lack of in-depth knowledge about historical, political and theological contexts in which violence (as well as peacemaking) occur. This course combines theoretical debates with a series of concrete case studies from different regions in order to probe the complex nature of the subject from a variety of perspectives.

Policy and Training courses

22 June - 3 July, 2015
Increasingly, around the world, individuals are exploring means of resolving their differences prior to or instead of pursuing traditional court proceedings.  In many jurisdictions, the court may require litigants to attempt to resolve their dispute through an alternative process prior to obtaining access to the court system.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the umbrella term for a wide-range of processes which includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice.
4 July - 15 July, 2015
Though the latest outbreak in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) made tons of environmental data and technologies affordable and easily available for wide scientific and managerial communities, utilizing this great potential is still hindered by a number of factors.