Key facts


The twenty-four summer schools from 1996 to 2019 offered 450 courses. Until 2019, the program received more than 34,000 applications; 11,600 participants attended and 3,000 faculties taught the various courses. In any given year, the average number of countries represented in a course is around 16, ensuring the truly and uniquely international nature of the program.

Participant profile

Participants have been accepted into the program so far from 149 different countries ranging from East and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union to countries of Asia, Africa, North America and South America. In recent years, 19% of the participants have come from new EU member states, 21% from regional emerging democracies, 30% from developed countries and 30% from non-regional emerging democracies.

The majority of participants are graduate students, junior faculty and researchers; the rest of the participant body is professionals such as government officials, NGO workers, etc. The gender distribution is 57% female and 43% male.

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Faculty profile

Professors have come to teach courses from 89 different countries so far. In recent year, 37% of the faculty came from the region, 59% from Western Europe, America, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan, and 4% from non-regional emerging democracies. Institutions SUN faculty came from include...

e.g. Columbia University, Cornell, Harvard, Rutgers, Stanford, University of California, University of South Carolina, Yale University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Charles University Prague, Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences Budapest, Moscow State University, University of Ljubljana, University of Bucharest, Warsaw University, Catholic University of Leuven, London School of Economics, University of London, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Reading, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, Sabanci University, University of Toronto, etc.

...research institutes
e.g. Max Planck Institute, various institutes of the Academy of Sciences in the region, Independent Research Institute for Industrial Relations in Europe, Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning in Germany, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in the Netherlands, etc. organizations and NGOs

e.g. United Nations Industrial Development Organization, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Society of Political Psychology, Open Society Foundations (OSF),  International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, The Council of Europe, Roma Education Fund, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ), Internews Network, Research & Learning Group, BBC World Service Trust, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA), The European Cultural Foundation, Intrenational Visegrad Fund, European Environmental Agency, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs , World Bank, etc.


CEU Summer University’s academic and co-sponsoring partners have included international organizations and NGOs such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Council of Europe and the European Union, UNIDO, UNICEF, World Food Program, The World Bank Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Conflict Management International, Siemens Integrity Initiative, Tiri - Making Integrity Work, European Cultural Foundation, Open Society Institute (OSI), Annenberg School for Communication, Zennström Philanthropies, Hamline and Cardozo Law Schools, Network of Excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), United States Agency for International Development USAID), etc.