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Comparative History (1 Year)

Central European University (CEU)

10 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA program in Comparative History at Central European University (CEU) is built around the comparative research of early modern, modern and contemporary history. It welcomes students to explore a broad range of topics and historical periods using the tools of global, intellectual, cultural, and social history.

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The Comparative History (1 Year) program at Central European University (CEU)  will encourage students to explore a multitude of scholarly approaches and disciplines, including oral history, historical anthropology, intellectual history, conceptual history, microhistory, urban history and gender history, for a better understanding of European and global processes. 

Since the program is short and intense, it is best suited for students who have a relatively clear idea for a thesis topic. 


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A Disintegrated Integration: The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1848-1918) 
  • Critical Perspectives on Human Nature
  • Dynastic States and Royal Courts in Early Modern Eurasian History (1450-1700)
  • Emotions and Affect in History
  • Global Comparisons: Russia and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1839
  • Habsburg Material Cultures
  • Habsburg-Ottoman Borderlands
  • Historiography II: Grand Debates in Central European History
  • Historiography II: Grand Debates in Mediterranean History
  • Historiography II: Grand Debates in Russian and Eurasian History
  • Historiography: Topics in Its History and Theory
  • History of Daily Life
  • Imperial transformations: A perspective from the Russian Empire and Soviet Union
  • Labor History in Global Perspective 19th and 20th Centuries
  • The Artist as an Agent of History. From Symbolic Politics to Visual Activism
  • The Atomic Age
  • Totalitarianism and Mass Politics: Comparative Perspectives on Fascism and Communism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 16: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field in the humanities or the social sciences
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Short research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 10 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 10 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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