Central European University

LSE offers undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a full academic year at the Vienna campus of the Central European University

An information session for students interested in applying to a GO LSE exchange programme usually takes place during the Autumn term of each academic year.


The Central European University (CEU) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate- and graduate-level university, which is based across two campuses: one based in Vienna and one in Budapest. Located in the heart of Central Europe, CEU has a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation. 

Similarly to LSE, CEU attracts students from around the world. Though the university is rather small (made up of around 1,200 students) around 80% of its students come from overseas. This makes CEU one of the most diverse universities in the world.

Find out more on the CEU website.

Academic Information

CEU offers courses across a large number of academic departments. A full list of undergraduate courses can be viewed here.

Given the university's international diversity, all of CEU's courses are taught in English.

The CEU exchange is additional to the requirements of your LSE degree. Having completed the year at CEU, you will then return to LSE to study the final year of your programme. Your year overseas will not count towards your final degree classification at LSE, but you will be issued with a separate CEU transcript providing details of your results.


Students are eligible to apply for a number of CEU residences, although accommodation is not guaranteed. Further information can be found on CEU's accommodation webpage.


The scheme is open to all second year LSE undergraduate students (or third year BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics students). Generally we require applicants to have passed all of their first year exams (without resits) and to have achieved a 2:1 average across their courses.

Fees, Living Costs and Financial Support

Tuition fees

GO LSE students are not required to pay any tuition fees to CEU to participate in the exchange. Instead, you will continue to pay tuition fees directly to LSE. Your tution fee while studying abroad is significantly reduced as compared to when you are on campus. For further information, please visit our fees and funding webpage

Living costs

The estimated cost of living in Austria is €1200 per month. This will cover your housing, meals, books, and personal costs, but travel expenses are not accounted for. 

Visit the Study in Austria website for more information.

Financial support

Please visit our fees and funding webpage for further information.

Travel, Health Insurance, and Visas


GO LSE exchange students are expected to make their own travel arrangements. If you are eligible for Student Finance, you may be able to recoup part of the cost of up to three return journeys between your home and your host institution.

GO LSE exchange students will be covered under LSE's Travel Insurance policy, following completion of the necessary risk assessment document.


Non-EU students (including British citizens) will need to apply for a residence permit to study in Austria. Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa to study in Austria.

How to Apply

Please note the deadline for applications is midday 30 November 2022.

For up to date information, please check this page regularly.