Why Philosophy at CEU?


About the department

  • CEU’s Philosophy Department is internationally recognized as one of the top analytic philosophy programs in continental Europe. Its faculty has published in the best journals and presses in the world.






  • The Department uniquely combines analytic, historical and continental approaches to philosophy. This feature of our program allows for a fruitful dialogue between contemporary philosophy and its history as well as between analytic and continental approaches.

  • The Department closely cooperates with CEU’s Departments of Cognitive Science, Political Science and Medieval Studies, offering joint courses with these departments.

  • The Department has colloquia almost every week with guest lecturers of international stature and a chance for students to meet with them in an informal setting. See here the list of past events and upcoming events

About the program

  • Apart from conferences and workshops, the Department regularly hosts academic events for graduate students such as our annual in-house graduate conference which gives our own students the chance to present their work and a bi-annual international graduate conference open to students from other universities
  • Financial packages and tuition waivers are available to both MA and PhD students. The overwhelming majority of students in the Philosophy Department receive financial packages.
  • The Department has placed its PhD students with permanent full-time positions at leading universities in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Its MA program prepares students to continue their studies at leading PhD programs in other countries, especially in the US, UK and other English-speaking countries. Meet some of our alumni here.

  • The department has strong presence in the history of philosophy, in ancient and early modern philosophy in particular. We study the history of philosophy in light of contemporary issues, and approach contemporary issues in a historic perspective. Some past courses that combine historical and contemporary approaches:
  • We believe that philosophy is an ideal subject for those who are interested in rigorous thinking and applications to the most fundamental questions in practically all aspects of life and thought.

About CEU

  • CEU is an English-language university with an exceptionally diverse international community, with students coming from over 100 countries, and faculty from some 30 countries, which makes for an unusually stimulating environment, both intellectually and socially.
  • CEU is a post-graduate institution without an undergraduate student body. Students receive a great deal of personal attention and classes have a low student: professor ratio.
  • CEU has a student services division providing for various practical, personal and social needs of its students. Cultural events from music and dance to art and regional based programs are offered regularly as are language courses including courses in Hungarian.
  • CEU’s environment is friendly, informal and supportive.
  • CEU is located in the heart of Budapest, a beautiful, exciting, culturally vibrant, and affordable European capital city.