Call for Course Proposals 2021

If you are interested in applying to any of our courses offered in the summer of 2020 as a participant, please visit our course listing here

Call for Course Proposals 
CEU Summer University (SUN)
Budapest, June 21 – July 23, 2021

The Summer University (SUN) of CEU is the extension of the university’s mission of promoting research, teaching and social engagement by hosting high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities. The short, intensive courses, taught by a team of distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), are advertised worldwide primarily to attract graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers, and professionals. The teaching teams' joint expertise is shared with participants in a comparative framework during the summer courses.
SUN courses cater to the various needs of academic and professional development in the social sciences and humanities across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cognitive science, comparative religion, environmental sciences, gender studies, history, history and philosophy of science, environmental sciences and policy, international relations, cultural, legal, media and medieval studies, philosophy, political science, public policy, sociology, etc. The program encourages topics in newly emerging fields. Most courses aim to address currently relevant issues, such as ethnic relations, migration, nationalism and transnationalism, globalization, human rights, sustainability, urban development, poverty reduction, integrity, Romani identities, religion and politics, and the use of geospatial technologies for environmental decision and policy makers, among others. These issues are discussed in a general theoretical framework as well as embedded in the context of the actual countries/regions the participants come from.
The program utilizes CEU's recognized regional expertise and its wider network, providing space for academic networking between junior and senior scholars from a wide range of institutions and discipline areas, often with long-term outcomes such as collaborative research projects, joint publications, etc.
There are four major tracks in the program:

Track I: high-level, research-oriented courses for academics

Courses typically last from one to two weeks. Based on the CEU credit hour system, each course has a teaching load of 24 hours per week (one teaching hour is 50 minutes long).

Track II: courses addressing the professional development needs of practitioners, policymakers, etc.

These one-week long courses tend to provide training and/or deal with policy issues at a practical, applied level. (See the credit hours above)

Track III: weekend training workshops to supplement Track II courses or to offer training in other fields

These workshops are designed to teach practical applications and skills in a hands-on, interactive manner of training.

Track IV: custom courses during short study trips developed in cooperation with partner institutions

SUN hosts partner institution’s faculty-led, credit-bearing courses with CEU’s enhancements (academic and programming).

New initiatives from 2020 onwards


1) Cooperation with other universities and participation in university networks

The program is expanding its scope of outreach activities by 
  • hosting short courses and study abroad trips (ranging from a few days to several weeks) in cooperation with partner universities. In addition to graduate level courses, the program also welcomes undergraduates for multi-site visits to CEU’s Budapest and Vienna campus.
  • becoming a part of the newly created Open Society University Network (OSUN) serving the thematic and skills-building needs of the network institutions. Consult the OSUN Proposal Guidelines and the SUN-OSUN Webinar presentation if you are interested in proposing a joint OSUN-SUN course.

  • contributing to the range of courses CEU offers in the executive training program of the European and Transnational Governance Network (ETGN). ETGN awards a Joint Certificate on European and Transnational Governance to those who have successfully completed executive education training courses at three partner institutions within two years.

2) A series of weekend training courses for professional development.

Two- or three-day long workshops will be offered to focus on skills development for professionals, primarily policy makers, NGO workers, civil servants, government officials, representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, business startup teams, etc. See the 2020 offerings as an example.

How to submit a SUN course proposal?

Click on the Guidelines to find out more about the program details and on how to design a course that matches CEU’s priorities and funding schemes.
Download the required attachments in editable format (for detailed instructions please read the Guidelines):

Data sheet I and II
Letter of intent
Sample budget
Proposal checklist