Academic Excellence & Research
- A wide selection of courses which cover 300-1600 CE, and explore Europe, Asia, and Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire. This geographical range is almost unique in the English speaking world.
- A multidisciplinary approach that supports internationally acclaimed methodological richness.
- Support for English academic writing.
- Source language courses in Latin, Greek, Ottoman, Persian, Syriac, Old and Middle French etc. (see also Modern Language Support)
- First class research libraries (CEU-ELTE Medieval Library, CEU Library)
- Courses and summer schools in Manuscript Studies and Medieval Codicology.
- Interdisciplinarity and close links to the Department of History, the Nationalism Studies Program, the Religious Studies Program, the Eastern Mediterranean Studies research centre, the Open Society Archives, and Pasts, Inc.
International Community & Network
- A diverse and international faculty and student body (MA and PhD) to ensure that our students engage with and join a broad international and national network of leading scholars. Networks connected to the Medieval Studies department: CARMEN The Worldwide Medieval Network, CARA – The Medieval Academy of America, MECERN - Medieval Central Europe Research Network
- International exchange opportunities (grants, funds, ERASMUS, DAAD, BARD). Semesters abroad for PhD students are an integral part of the program.
- Support is offered to attend national and international conferences and workshops. The Department regularly visits, runs sessions and supports participation at major medieval congresses such as the IMC in Leeds, UK and the ICMS in Kalamazoo, MI.
- Our degrees - MA and PhD - are accredited both in Austria and in the US.
Experience & Careerbuilding
- A wide range of public lectures, such as the Natalie Zemon Davis Lecture Series, as well as workshops, symposia and summer universities
- Alumni are regularly invited to organize conferences, workshops, and summer university courses at CEU; they also participate in and organize research projects
- MA and PhD students publish in the department's periodical, the Annual of Medieval Studies at CEU, which is widely available in libraries worldwide (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Austria; Moscow State University Scientific Library, Russia; Société des Bollandistes, Belgium; etc.). Conference papers and PhD dissertations are published in the CEU Medievalia Series, and in co-production with Archeolingua and Solivagus. In addition, work of former PhD students and alumni has been published by renowned international publishers such as Brepols.
- Further professional opportunities for CEU alumni include working as external readers for MA theses, chairs at MA thesis defenses, referees for MA students, editors for the Central European Medieval Texts series, or lecturers and co-teachers at the department
- CEU Careers Service
An Inspiring Environment
- A well-equipped, modern and constantly developed campus in situated in Vienna
- Close proximity to first-class research libraries, such as the libraries of the University of Vienna or the Austrian National Library.
- Close working contact with museums and collections of national and international importance in Budapest
- Field trips every spring to destinations in Central Europe.
- Students, faculty and staff are involved a lively and informal departmental life, including museum and library tours for the incoming students, and the end-of-year party with potluck dinner, presents and good cheer.
Support & Welfare
- Most of our students study here on a stipend
- Funds available to subsidize and support our students, e.g. Research and Travel Funds, Doctoral Research Support Grant, Winter or Summer School Grant
- Intradepartmental Funds: Tanasa Memorial Fund, Henrik Birnbaum Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Medical Center - Health Services
- Psychological Counselling
Read what our alumnus says about his "CEU experience"!
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Hometown and country: Guadalajara, Mexico
Program: Medieval Studies
Year of Graduation: 2013
Current position: AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Lancaster
"What I appreciate about my CEU experience is its wide and rich scope of formative options (from network science to Byzantine Greek paleography!), the strength and interdisciplinarity of its methodological training, and the inclusive and supportive activities of its research centers."
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