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CEEPUS - Central European Exchange Program for University Studies

Are you a Central European or West Balkan university student interested in studying abroad? The CEEPUS programme is a perfect choice for you!

Do you want to launch your academic career or are you still hesitating on applying to study abroad? Don’t worry, with CEEPUS you can do it all!  

This programme has a lot of mobility options ranging from short-term excursions to a semester-long study period. The programme aims to establish a genuine academic connection between the Central European region, and it offers opportunities to live and study in countries that share a common cultural heritage and have a strong background in academic cooperation.

With CEEPUS you can apply for

  • a semester-long period (3-10 months),

  • join a summer school (6-30 days)

  • or take part in a field trip (3-5 days).

Wait, there is more!

Are you looking for shorter terms? Apply only for one or two months and prepare your thesis or spend your internship abroad with CEEPUS.

Make the most out of your studies and join international research networks!

The main activity of the CEEPUS programme is university networks operating joint programmes, which are created by a minimum of three universities from three different countries. You can find a network that fits your study field to expand and deepen your knowledge.

Apply for CEEPUS and start building your academic network internationally.

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Who can apply?

Member countries

Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

You are eligible to apply for a CEEPUS scholarship at a Hungarian higher education institution if...

  • you are an enrolled student or a teacher at an accredited university/college in any of the other CEEPUS member countries,

  • for a student grant, you need to have completed at least two semesters of your studies.

Note: The home institution has the right to stipulate any further requirements for selecting the students/teachers to study/teach at a partner institution.

Other basic conditions for CEEPUS grants

  • If you hold a different citizenship but are an enrolled student or a teacher in one of the member countries, you are still eligible to apply
  • If you are a citizen of one of the member countries but study/teach in a different country (third country), you are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants may not receive a grant to study/teach in their home country (country of citizenship and country of residence)
  • It is not allowed to receive a second mobility scholarship from other sources, to cover costs for the same mobility activity, destination and time period (avoiding double financing)
  • For students, the duration of the study period may not exceed a total of 10 months each for the BA and MA cycle

Do you meet the conditions?

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Types of mobility

Mobility takes place in the framework of networks. If you study/teach at a university that does not participate in a CEEPUS network, you may join the programme as a Freemover.

Student mobility

  • Eligible applicants: Bachelor, Master and PhD students
  • Length of mobility: 1 semester, 3-5 months
  • Activity during the mobility period: attending lectures and seminars, and obtaining credits are obligatory, which can be supplemented with an internship. The proposed activities should be described in the ’Motivation’ part of the application.
  • Student mobilities can be submitted in a network or as Freemover applications.

Short-term student mobility

  • Eligible applicants: Bachelor, Master's students who are currently working on their thesis and PhD students
  • Length of mobility: 1-2 months
  • Activity during the mobility period: consultation, research activity, and laboratory work relating to the thesis/dissertation are obligatory. The topic of the thesis/dissertation and the planned activities should be described in the „Motivation” part of the application.
  • Short-term student mobilities can be submitted in a network or as Freemover applications.

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Teacher mobility

  • Mandatory teaching and/or thesis supervising activity at the host institution: minimum 6 teaching/supervising hours (lecture, seminar or consultation)
  • Length of stay: minimum 5 working days (which technically counts 1 scholarship month in the system)
  • Timing: teaching activity only during semesters
  • Teacher mobilities can be submitted in a network or as Freemover applications.
  • Research activities, conference visits partner meetings, etc. cannot be the only aim of a teacher's mobility

More about Teacher Mobility

Freemover mobility

If you study at a university without a CEEPUS network, you may join the programme as a freemover. 

More about Freemover mobility


The CEEPUS partner countries provide the funding for the programme. Scholarship holders receive their CEEPUS grant from the host country; therefore, the amount is tailored to local living standards. 

In Hungary, scholarships are paid through the host university. You will receive further information about the method and timing of the payment from the host university’s CEEPUS coordinator once you are awarded a scholarship.

Current scholarship rates in Hungary

How to apply?  

Get in contact

In the case of network mobility, both the home and host institutions’ network coordinators need to support the application.

CEEPUS Freemover applicants need to find and contact the Hungarian host university and obtain a Letter of Acceptance document from the host university.

We recommend choosing a host institution with CEEPUS activity to minimise administrative obstacles. 

Hungarian institutions with CEEPUS activity

In Hungary, the programme is managed by Tempus Public Foundation. Check out the website for more detailed information about the requirements of the Ceepus programme.

Apply online

All CEEPUS applications are to be submitted online via

Access “My CEEPUS” to log in to the online application tool. After signing in, follow the instructions in our “Mobility Wizard” which will guide you through the first steps of the online application process.

Apply here

Submission deadlines for applications

  • Network mobility for the winter/first semester: 31st August
  • Network mobility for the summer/second semester: 31st December
  • Freemover mobility for the winter/first semester: continuously, usually starting on 1st July, open until availability
  • Freemover mobility for the summer/second semester: 30th November

Deadlines are on the same days each year.

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