The History Department is a thriving part of Central European University (CEU), the only transnational, English-language graduate school in Europe that is accredited both on the Continent (in Hungary) and in the United States. The transnational academic environment challenges our faculty and students to study the past and present using the most innovative methodologies and theoretical frameworks from a global perspective, and to work closely together and learn from one another in order to produce new knowledge and ground-breaking research.
Our department is part of the CEU School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, which brings together related teaching units (Medieval Studies Department, the Nationalism Studies Program), research centers (Open Society Archives, Pasts, Inc., Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies), and the Center for Religious Studies and Jewish Studies.
The Department of History provides an excellent academic gateway to the history of Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe. We offer a unique intellectual environment that encourages a comparative and interdisciplinary study of these regions in relation to each other as well as to other parts of Europe and the Middle East. Our department offers one of the few programs in the world that effectively enables students to study comparatively the Habsburg, Romanov, and Ottoman Empires and their successor states, engaging with a variety of social, political, and cultural issues.
The Department of History owes its versatility and global outlook mostly to its multi-national, cosmopolitan, and multilingual faculty and student body, whose current members come from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, and elsewhere. Virtually all our students receive grants, fellowships, as well as other forms of needs- and merit-based financial assistance.
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