24 months
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History in the Public Sphere (HIPS) is a two-year Erasmus Mundus master’s program that focuses on the ways the past is represented, contested and negotiated in the public sphere. It is operated by a consortium of universities and takes students to Vienna, Budapest, Tokyo, Florence, Lisbon and Paris.

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History in the Public Sphere (HIPS)  is an English-language program awarding a multiple degree. It is organized around four thematic foci, which cover the most pressing questions historians and practitioners have been faced with in an increasingly connected, globalized world: the institutionalization of memory and the politicization of history; visual representations and medialization of history, histories of inclusion and exclusion; and entanglements between national, regional, and global frameworks of history. 

The program aims to bring together historical scholarship and civic engagement in order to prepare students for careers in producing, translating, and disseminating historical knowledge through museums, journalism, archives, broadcasting, and digital communication. It also lays special emphasis on developing skills and social competences through study trips, practitioner workshops, and internships, which enable graduates to work with non-experts and civic actors in the process of disseminating historical knowledge. Students receive research training and develop individually either a Thesis or a Capstone Project.

Consortium and Associated Partners

The program is offered by:

  • The Department of History, Central European University
  • The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • The School of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University Lisbon
  • The Department of History, Archeology, Geography, Arts and Performing Arts, University of Florence
  • Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris  


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Coursework consists of the mandatory core courses, the mandatory elective courses offered for each thematic track, and the elective courses.

Mandatory core courses:

  • History in the Public Sphere: An Introduction
  • HIPS prospectus course – January intersession

Mandatory elective courses:

  • Historical Politics: Debating the Twentieth Century
  • History in the Visual Mode: Methods and Practices of Documentary Storytelling
  • Inclusion and Exclusion Perspectives on Humanity and Race in Modern European History of Ideas and Science
  • Comparative, Transnational and Global Histories: Rethinking Geographical and Temporal Scales

Elective courses:

  • “Is Coronavirus China’s Chernobyl?” Historical and Public Discourse about Hidden Phenomena/ Enemies
  • Jewish Memory from the Exodus to the Holocaust
  • Science and the Nation
  • Museums and Public History
  • Memory in Public Spaces (Including archives)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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


120 ECTS
  • Austrian degree ECTS credits: 120
  • US degree credits: 60


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • CV
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably in the humanities and social sciences. For candidates holding a BA degree in a different field, relevant working experience will be taken into consideration.
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Budapest

172338 - 268251 HUF /month
Living costs

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


Students are admitted to the program in three categories: EMJMD or IUEP scholarship recipients, self-funded students, and self-funded students offered full or partial tuition waiver. Both EMJMD and IUEP scholarships cover the tuition fee as well as travel and living costs.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

History in the Public Sphere (HIPS)
Central European University (CEU)


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