SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
Central European University (CEU)
Central European University is located in the center of Budapest, Hungary, the political, cultural, intellectual, and economic center of the European country. The city and the university offers a wide variety of activities to students. This is an English-language exchange program focusing on advanced legal studies in three major fields—comparative constitutional Law, international business law, and human rights law. Columbia students are not required to follow a particular track, and may take offerings from all three fields.
Language of Instruction:
English. Exchange students may take an intensive Hungarian language training course during the semester. Columbia Law School, however, only awards credit for law courses.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Students may go abroad on this program in either the fall or the spring semester. CEU's program is divided into six, five-week modules, each followed by an exam week. No credit is given for the first module. Columbia students can participate in the second and third modules in the fall, or the fourth, fifth and sixth modules in the spring. Students in their third year are advised that participation in the spring program may delay graduation.
The fourth module focuses on research, and the number of courses students may register for is limited.
Recommended Arrival: One week before the start date of the respective module
Fall Orientation: TBD (during the week before the module begins)
Module 1: August 24–September 17 (classes); September 21–26 (exams)
Module 2: September 28–October 29 (classes); November 2–7 (exams)
Module 3: November 9–December 11 (classes); December 14–19 (exams)
Module 4: January 11–February 18 (classes); February 22–28 (exams)
Research Period: February 29–March 28 (deadline for submitting short thesis: April 1)
Module 5: March 29–May 5 (classes); May 9–14 (exams)
Module 6: May 17–June 23/24 (classes); June 27–July 1 (exams)
Holidays: October 23, March 15, March 28, May 16
Graduation: June 15 or 25 (not yet decided)
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Budapest.
Health Insurance Requirements:
In accordance with the Hungarian Law, CEU requires that all enrolled students have adequate health insurance for the duration of their enrollment and official residence in Hungary.
Students have the option to purchase the CEU Health Insurance Plan. (For reference, the cost was approximately $25 per month during the 2014–2015 academic year.) Students who do not intend to use the CEU Health Insurance Plan provided by Generali must submit, immediately upon arrival, evidence of membership in an alternative insurance plan that covers medical services in Hungary.
Alternative insurance must comply with the minimum standards of the CEU Health Insurance Plan. CEU does not cover the cost of the alternative health insurance plan.
Information about accommodations can be found on the CEU website.
Columbia Law School students are allowed to register for a maximum of five or six credits per module at CEU. One credit at CEU is recognized as equal to one credit at Columbia Law School.
The grading policy varies from course to course. Please refer to the syllabus for any specific course to learn about grading policies.
Students will receive transcripts from CEU. To receive Columbia Law School credit a student must score a six or higher. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
It may be possible, while studying abroad, to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Each year, up to two Columbia Law School students may participate in the CEU exchange program. Applications open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year. Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Application materials required by Central European University:
(Please consult with the Columbia Law School Office of International Programs to obtain these documents.)
- Completed and Submitted Online Application.
- Evidence of English Proficiency.
- Letter of Recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose.
- Official Columbia Law School Transcript.
- Certificate of Enrollment from Columbia Law School.
- Letter of Consent from Columbia Law School.
Central European University Online
Department of Legal Studies—CEU
Central European University—Homepage
Study Abroad Information
Online Course Catalog
CEU Academic Calendar
CEU Library Hours
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
American citizens who stay longer than 90 days need to apply for a registration card. Students will receive information about the visa process from CEU after being admitted to the exchange program.
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605