Frequently asked questions for MA students

  1.  Can I take courses from other departments?

You may take courses for a maximum of four credit from another department (one four-credit course or two two-credit courses) during the academic year, subject to permission by the Head of the Department. Please consult with the instructor of the course you want to take and in case there is a mutual agreement, send your request to Matteo Fumagalli and CC Zlata Kharitonova and Dorottya Hoor. 

Note: Cross-listed courses do not count towards this limit.

 2. What does the track system mean? How does it work?

At the department we have three tracks and all the courses offered or cross-listed from other departments fall into one of the three tracks, namely International Relations and Security track; European/Eurasian Studies track, and International Political Economy track.

It is mandatory to take at least one course from each track during the Academic Year in order to receive your degree. 

You can find the list of courses allocated to each track in your MA Handbook.

 3. I am not sure what courses I should take. Who can I talk to?

It is compulsory to attend all the introductory classes during the zero week where you have a chance to get an overview of the courses for both fall and winter semesters, to talk to the professors and to ask specific questions related to the course, its structure and assignments.

In addition, you are advised to discuss your course selection with your academic advisor. In September you will receive a list with the names of the academic advisers and their office hours/office locations.

 4. What is the role of the temporary academic advisor?

An academic advisor is not the same as your thesis supervisor. His/her role is to help you find your way in the early days of the program with regard to track and course selection.

 5. Can I upgrade my financial package?

Financial Aid and Student Fee Payment Regulations

The names of financial aid packages have been modified. Fellowship upgrades for masters’ students have been streamlined:

-                       Based on their academic performance, students in Master's degree programs may be considered for financial aid upgrade in case their academic department/school has remaining funds from the financial aid allocation.

-                       Requests for financial aid upgrades are initiated by the head of the academic department/dean of school, recommended by the Financial Aid Office and approved by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Alumni Relations. Students recommended for financial aid upgrade must perform in the top 20% in their class based on the GPA ranking after the Fall semester.

-                       In the process of a financial aid upgrade, partial fellowship recipients can be considered for full fellowship; full tuition scholarship recipients can be recommended for partial or full fellowship and partial tuition scholarship recipients for up to a full tuition scholarship. Self-financing students can also be recommended for an upgrade and can be awarded up to a full tuition scholarship. Financial aid upgrades can apply as of January for students in one year masters programs and as of September in the second year of studies for students in 2-year master programs.

-                       Recipients of CEU Loan and U.S. Federal Loan (Grad Plus Loan) may not receive the CEU financial aid upgrade in the given academic year (loan period). Students considered for a financial aid upgrade cannot be notified without the approval of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Alumni Relations.

 6. What are the most important dates I should bear in mind while planning my academic year?

For detailed information on important dates and major deadlines please consult the Departmental Student Calendar for the current Academic Year, which you may find either on our website or in your MA Handbook.

Some of the most important dates are:

-                       Pre-session and zero week: September 7 - September 18;

-                       Fall semester: September 21 - December 11;

-                       Final deadline to submit coursework for the Fall semester: December 22; (please note that deadlines may vary across courses)

-                       Winter semester: January 11 - April 1;

-                       Final deadline to submit coursework for the Winter semester: April 15; (please note that deadlines may vary across courses)

-                       Deadline to submit your thesis: June 1;

-                       Thesis defense: June 13-15;

-                       Graduation: June 25.

 7. Who can assist me with everyday matters such as visa, residence permit, insurance, locker keys, id cards, Hungarian student id etc.?

Please consult the relevant section of your Student Handbook and Academic Diary “Where to go for Answers”

 8. Where can I get a transcript of my grades?

You can download an unofficial copy of your transcript from the Infosys.

For an official copy, please turn to Student Records Office Nador 11, Room 304 or drop a line to Natalia Nagyne Nyikes

 9. Where should I submit my missing documents on from my previous educational institutions?

Student Records Office, Nador 11, Room 304.

 10. How many classes can I miss?

The department`s policy on attendance is outlined by the Attendance Guidelines for IR students:

  1. Attendance at classes and other compulsory elements of a course (simulation, on the spot visit etc.) is obligatory. Exceptionally, absences are justified only in the circumstances described below under points 2 and 3.
  2. In case of illness, absences are justified if supported by appropriate medical documentation, to be submitted to the IR office.
  3. Absences unrelated to medical reasons are justified only if approved by the course instructor who also determines if and how the absence is to be compensated for (e.g by extra assignments). The maximum number of such absences may exceed two per course only if approved by the head of department.
  4. Absences not covered by points 2 and 3 are unjustified absences, and they are sanctioned as follows:
  5. Unjustified absence may lead to a deduction from the overall grade for the course, each unjustifiedly missed class entitling the instructor to deduct one third of a grade point (e.g. from A- to B+)
  6. In accordance with para 6.2. of the CEU’s Handbook on Student Rights, Rules, and Academic Regulations
    1. „More than a week of unjustified absence – meaning absence without notice, or absence without approval – noted by an instructor and the department or program head, may result in the immediate suspension of financial aid. The decision is made by the department or program head. Normal courses of appeal are applicable to this case as well.”
    2. Unjustified absence from 30% or more of the classes and other obligatory events leads to the dismissal from the Masters program.
      1. The total number of justified and unjustified absences must not exceed one third of all the classes.
      2. Students register their attendance in class lists circulated by the instructor at the beginning of each class. On request, these registers are accessible to students