Our department offers competitive scholarships to students interested in what politics is about. Come study in an international environment, a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, European and American degrees (BA, MA, PhD). Join us in the academic excellence at the department and have fun in the vibrant city of Vienna. The Department of Political Science focuses on several areas of political science, with a particular emphasis on comparative politics, political theory and political economy as well as research methods.

In the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) annual survey CEU’s programs has been ranked 24th in the subject of politics and international studies, which at CEU is represented by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy.

The department is also ranked as one of the best in Europe in Political Science having received the 'excellence' ranking from the prestigious Center for Higher Education Development ( in their 2010 survey. Altogether 52 universities were selected for this “excellence” group and only 4 departments from the region made it onto the list. Our department received five stars, toping 41 universities. 

The 2021 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) prepared by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy ranked our program at 76-100 globally.

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