The comprehensive exam at the end of the first year examines the student in two of the three regions covered by the program – Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe – which the student can define in a way that benefits the dissertation research topic.
Comparative history also takes place in the classroom when students from different countries and specializing in different historical periods compare their observations and evidence on key theoretical questions.
After successfully completing the first year of study doctoral students can also apply for funds to attend conferences, visit archives, and study at a university abroad.
The methods and topics of comparative history are presented in the first semester seminar, which describes the ways in which national histories can be compared and what type of questions can be asked and answered from such comparisons.
The CEU Library is one of the most up-to-date research libraries in the region.
Most books and journals are available on open access shelves.
The topics that work best are those that can be supervised by the faculty members of the department.
The best topics emerge by looking at previous dissertations written at the department and also at faculty interests.
Throughout the doctoral program students have access to the Academic Writing Center.
Yes, if you are interested in doing further study in one of the regional languages (e.g., Hungarian, Romanian, or a Slavic language), please indicate that in your application as tutorials with native speakers can be arranged.