FAQ : bachelor’s degrees at CEU | CEU Undergraduate Studies

Who can apply?

I'm in the final year of high school and will graduate next summer. Can I apply for your next fall intake?

You certainly can apply and be accepted without having earned your high school diploma yet; you will, however, only be able to enroll if you have successfully graduated by the time the term begins at CEU.

Do CEU programs offer a fall and a spring intake?

No. Currently, we only offer fall enrollment in bachelor’s programs.

Are there admission quotas for certain countries or regions?
No, there aren’t. When you apply to CEU it doesn’t matter where you are from as long as you are a qualified applicant. 

I would like to study in a bachelor’s degree program at CEU while completing one at my home university at the same time. Is this possible?
No. Students enrolled at CEU may not be simultaneously enrolled at other universities.

I've already earned a bachelor’s degree. Can I apply to another one?
Yes, you surely can.

Are your undergraduate programs also available on a part-time basis?
No, CEU bachelor’s degree programs are full-time. 

Can I study at CEU on a distance-learning basis?
While classes may be conducted online for certain periods of time due to COVID restrictions, students are expected to travel to Vienna for in-person classes as soon as it becomes possible. Degrees are not awarded on a distance-learning basis.

How to apply?

General issues

I can't seem to find the link to the online application form – where is it?
The link is available in the Application Checklist.

Can I apply to multiple undergraduate programs in the same admissions cycle?
Yes, you can, but please note you must submit a complete application for each.

My transcript/CV/application essay, etc. consists of more than one page. How can I upload documents of multiple pages?
You can easily upload a document of up to 100 pages (as long as it does not exceed 2 MB in size) if you include all pages of the document in one single file. Most scanners allow the creation of a single file containing multiple pages, or you can use a PDF merger program.

Some of the files I want to upload exceed 2 MB. What can I do?
You will need to reduce their size. To do it, print out the pages that you want to upload. Then, scan the printed pages into a PDF file format, and upload this new document onto the appropriate page in your online application. When scanning the document, please make sure to scan in a low (but still readable) resolution, and in black and white, to ensure that the document is under the 2-MB upload limit.

Can I add new documents to my submitted application or replace some of the submitted documents with updated ones?
No, you can’t edit your application after you have submitted it, nor can you send in updated or extra materials unless we request you to do so. If we request additional materials, you'll need to submit those materials through the Applicant Portal

I am applying to a CEU BA program and have already submitted an electronic application form. Should I additionally post the required documents or is the online application enough?
An online application is enough. We will need hard copies of some of your documents (namely your high school transcript and diploma) if you are admitted and decide to enroll.

I am not an EU/EEA citizen and will need a visa to Austria. However, I do not currently have a passport. Can I apply all the same?
Yes, you can. You will, however, need a valid passport to apply for a visa if you are admitted.

Online application form

Do I need to create a new user account for a second application if I already submitted another one?

No. Please log in with the email address/password you used for the first application whenever starting a new application. The system will take you to the User Action Screen where you can choose whether to

  • edit or cancel the application you started earlier: CEU BA edit cancel application


  • start a new application: CEU BA start new application

How can I log back into an application I already started?

The link to log back into started applications can be found in the automated email you receive when starting an application (if you don't seem to have received it, check in your spam folder). It is also available here. You can also start a new application using this link.

I have submitted my application. How can I be sure that you have received it?
If you have completed all mandatory fields of the applications form (including mandatory document uploads), and successfully paid the one-time application fee, the system will send an email notification to acknowledge the receipt of the application. This email will also provide login details to the Applicant Portal – on the Portal every application that you have submitted will be listed, along with its respective status. For subsequent applications, submitting the application will be sufficient. The system will not ask you to pay the application fee once more. You will receive an automated message acknowledging receipt of your application only for the first application submitted.

I'm about to send in my application. How can I be sure that I have attached all the required documents?
The online application automatically checks a certain number of required questions and document uploads. Please note however that not all fields are mandatory, and the program you apply to might require fields to be filled in or items to be uploaded that are not marked as mandatory. Please first check the specific program requirements of the program in question, then thoroughly check all sections of the application before submitting it. Lastly, please check the list of document uploads that are summarized on the last (submission) page of the application form. Please note that references can be uploaded by the referees only AFTER you have submitted your application. The application will only be considered complete once the application fee payment is received.

I have started an application to a CEU bachelor’s program, but I have changed my mind and decided not to submit it after all. Can I delete it somehow?

Cancel the application for the program you no longer wish to apply for on the User Actions screenCEU BA edit cancel application

If you want to delete several applications, you need to do so for each of them on the User Actions screen.

I am experiencing technical problems when trying to create a user account or when completing the online application or references. What should I do?
If you have any technical issues or concerns using the online application form, please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.

Academic records

I am in the final year of high school, so I do not have a diploma to upload yet. What shall I do? 
In place of the diploma, upload a certificate of enrollment stating, if possible, your expected date of graduation (see also item 1 of the Application Checklist). Please note that in order to be able to enroll at CEU, you must have graduated before the academic year at CEU begins.

What is a certificate of enrollment?

It is an official document issued by your current high school stating that you are currently enrolled there and what the expected date of your graduation is. Such document may be written in free style way but should include a stamp and a signature of the registrar, the high school principal, or any authorized staff member of the high school office.

I am in the final year of high school, so I do not have a final transcript to upload yet. What shall I do? 
Upload an official current transcript. If you are accepted, we will need an official hard copy of the final transcript.

Should my high school diploma and transcript be apostilled?
No, that's not necessary.

Where can I upload my SAT (ACT, AP, etc.) score?
You may upload it in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section.

I would like to upload several additional documents, but there is only 1 upload field (‘Other Supporting Documents’). What should I do?

If you wish to upload several documents, please merge them into one PDF file, making sure the file does not exceed 2 MB. (In order to reduce the size of your file, please refer to the relevant FAQ under General Issues for help.) 

Language test scores

Where should I upload my English test score report?
There is an upload field for English Language Qualifications in the Qualifications section of the online application form. It will pop up once you answer the first question (Do you qualify for exemption...?) with 'No'.

Can I submit my English test (SAT, AP, etc.) scores after the application deadline?
Applications should be submitted complete with the required language or other test scores as applicable. English or other test scores submitted after the application was submitted and processed are considered on a case-by-case basis.


I hit the 'Submit' button on my Application Form. How will my referee know they need to complete a reference?
Once you hit 'Submit' and your application fee payment is recorded, the referee will receive an automated email with a link to the reference form. Please make sure to remind your referee that they have one week to submit a reference. For subsequent applications, the automated email to the referee gets sent once you hit the 'Submit' button. You can track the status of your reference in the Applicant Portal.

When does my reference have to be submitted by?
It should be received latest a week after you have submitted your application. 

Can my recommendation be sent by postal mail, electronic mail (email) or fax?
No, please submit your application(s) electronically.

My recommender has not received the automated email with the link to the reference form. Can you resend it to them?
First, please ask your referee to check their spam/junk folder. If the email is not there, you can send the link again through the Applicant Portal.

My referee has no access to the internet. Can I submit the recommendation for my referee?
Unfortunately, you can’t. We require a confidential recommendation, the contents of which must not be known to you. Please make sure to register a referee who does have internet access.

I am applying to more than one undergraduate program at CEU.  Do I need a separate reference sent for each application?
Yes. The content can be the same, but the letter itself must be submitted for each application. 

Can a recommendation be transferred onto another application?
Recommendations cannot be transferred from one application to another. A recommendation must be completed for each program you apply to.

My referee prefers to write the reference in a language other than English. Can they do that?
No. We can consider references in English only.

Application fee

I have very limited financial resources. Can I get an application fee waiver in consideration of my circumstances?
Sorry, the application fee cannot be waived. If you cannot pay it, we suggest you ask somebody to help you out and pay it for you via the CEU payment gateway.

A friend/relative of mine will pay the application fee on my behalf. How can they do it?
If another person pays the application fee on your behalf using their own credit card, they can use the CEU payment gateway (secure payment method). They will have to enter the applicant’s (i.e. your) details first, then proceed to pay using their credit card details.
Please make sure to hit the 'submit' button on your application, only then can we record the third-party payment, and receive your application.

I am applying to multiple bachelor’s programs. Does that mean I have to pay €30 for each application?
No. Every applicant must pay the application fee only ONCE in the same admissions cycle. After you have paid it for your first application, our application system will record the payment for any further application in the same admissions cycle.

I have been trying to pay the application fee through the payment gateway within the online application form, but I don't seem to manage it. Can you help?
In order to use our payment portal successfully, please try/make sure to:

  • use a supported browser
  • check that your card is one of those accepted
  • check the balance on your account
  • check your limit for online payments (maybe the purchase limit was lower than the sum of all purchases on that particular date)
  • complete the transaction within 5 minutes

Can I pay the application fee by wire transfer?
Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Can I pay the application fee by Western Union or MoneyGram?
Unfortunately, neither is possible.

After you apply

Can I add new documents to my submitted application, or replace some of the submitted documents with updated ones?
No. If we need any further materials from you, we'll enable you to submit them on the Applicant Portal.

I have just applied to CEU and upon checking the applicant portal, noticed that my academic records have not been checked. Should I be concerned about that?
The Academic Records status on the Applicant Portal does not refer to the copies of your academic records sent with your application, but those official copies of the documents that you will need to submit upon accepting an offer of admission from CEU. Up until that point, consider this status as not applicable. (Please also refer to https://undergraduate.ceu.edu/admission-process-bachelor-degrees-ceu/are... for further details on this.)

How long after the application deadline will a decision be made?
The admissions process for bachelor’s degrees at CEU is described in detail here.

I have just received an email saying there’s an update to my application on the Applicant Portal. I’ve logged in but can’t find the update. Can you help?
The update is normally a decision – please check the 'Decision' field for the relevant application.

How will I find out whether my application was successful?
The admissions decision will be posted in the Applicant Portal. You will also be notified by email of the result. 

I see that my application has been rejected. Can I know the reasons?
If your application has met the formal entry requirements, then it has been rejected for academic reasons by the selection committee, based on a thorough review of your credentials. These include your past academic achievement, the strength of your recommendation, English language competency, intellectual merit, extracurricular activity and experience (if applicable), expectations of the program, future plans, and general compatibility with the goals of the academic program. We review a large number of applications each year and have only a limited number of spaces available for each degree program, which makes for an extremely competitive selection process. This means that from all the qualified candidates that apply, only a few can be accepted. 

Please note that CEU does not provide information on the reasons why an application has been rejected; if however, you choose to apply again next year, you will be competing against a different applicant pool and may receive a different decision.

Once accepted, can I request deferral to postpone the start of my studies? 
Deferred enrollment is not a standard option for admitted students at CEU. Program Directors may choose to grant deferrals in exceptional cases. Should a deferral be awarded, it will only be given on a self-funded basis, i.e. without any financial aid awarded. Any offers of financial aid or scholarship are limited to the year you were accepted. If you wish to be considered for financial aid or scholarship in the academic year you plan to attend, you may reapply to be considered alongside the new pool of applicants. Deferred students will be subject to the financial conditions of the year they enter (i.e. if there is a tuition change, the new tuition will be applicable).

Can I work while studying at CEU?
Full-time students may work up to 20 hours a week subject to permission from their Head of Program and unless you are a permanent resident or citizen of an EU/EEA country, subject to the acquisition of a work permit, which can take a number of months to obtain. Please note that currently CEU does not offer a work-study scheme, so if you are granted permission and hold a work permit, you will need to look for paid jobs outside the university. First-year students are highly encouraged to focus on their studies, and we recommend that you do not take on any volume of employment as you adjust to your academic career at CEU. Please consider this before accepting a study offer.