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After three successful editions (offline and online), we continue our summer course focusing on music as intangible heritage from theoretical, professional and practical aspects. In 2022 we will concentrate on cultural leadership, curatorial practices, public outreach, and the connection between heritage and audience building – major points of discussion within the cultural sector and the creative industries in recent times.

The course will introduce the framework (theoretical, practical and research-related concepts and resources) which are required to successfully complete participatory projects as leaders in musical cultural heritage. The course will also provide an insight into the ethnographic, geographic, political, economic, and production aspects of music curation. We aim to present a contemporary and viable approach to responsible musical heritage management. As an inherent topic, we will examine the role and forms of music in social engagement and public outreach, and we will study the connection between heritage and audience building. The course will also tackle storytelling and conceptualization, which play an increasing role in the presentation of cultural heritage in the field and context of both tangible and intangible heritage. 

Lectures and case study analysis will focus on current projects and practical examples of contemporary leadership. Best practices will be presented by representatives of leading cultural institutions (Barbican Centre, Lincoln Center, MÜPA, De Doelen, Wiener Konzerthaus, etc.).

We will continue our highly successful project development program: participants will be assisted by tutors in preparing a short presentation on a chosen subject relating to leadership and curatorial practices during the course.

We will continue to work with SOAS as project partner. The collaborative project and the involvement of SOAS faculty members will enrich the intangible heritage management aspects of the course with the experiences and research areas of academic musical and ethnomusicological education. The course relies greatly on both CEU lecturers and SOAS faculty members, as well as representatives of leading cultural institutions and organizations. 

The complex heritage aspects of the course will be presented in the format of lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, library research, field trip and site visits in relevant institutions (MÜPA Budapest, Liszt Academy of Music, House of Hungarian Music).

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“Concise and informative presentations with a brief Q&A session, followed by parallel discussions in small working groups, and a final joint summary” 

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I would have actually loved to complete another week of it!"

"The course provided a nice picture about the current research trends in the field of ethnomusicology. We had a diverse group and I got to learn a lot from different people and researchers belonging to diverse contexts."

"I found the feedback and constructive advice from both staff and other students to be tremendously helpful in terms of my personal, professional, and project development goals. I felt the team and the other students were genuinely engaged and committed to facilitating discussion, fostering creative ideas, and allowing us to make connections with other academics who might be able to help us with project work in the future."

"I would recommend the course for many aspects in regard with it: the lecturers, the format of the courses that give the student the possibility to discuss the topics in small groups with advisors, the great organization team."

"Strong team leadership and cooperation, a great group of students that were actively participating and engaged, a convivial yet academically rigorous atmosphere, great balance between group and one-on-one advice and attention from staff, a wonderful variety of highly educated and experienced ethnomusicologists leading lectures."

Target group

This course is intended for music professionals, mid-career leaders, graduate and post-graduate students, junior researchers. We also encourage applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest.
No prerequisite is required.

Please read the following directions carefully. 
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
  3. Statement of Purpose

    Please upload a Statement of Purpose that describes how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from your participation. Please highlight your relevant music and/or heritage education, describe any previous experience that you had related to the course theme, and list previous courses you have taken. 

    You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course web page so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course. 

    Please provide a name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.

  4. Personal Statement on Financial Aid
    Those who wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form).

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome to enable the full functionality of the form.


  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select the ”Summer University” radio button from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.