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Financial conditions

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Our courses operate on different financial schemes and vary from course to course; therefore, please visit the relevant course web pages to see the course-specific information and financial aid policy.  

For most of the courses, we will not be able to meet all deserving applicants’ funding needs (check details on the course websites). Therefore, we advise prospective applicants to look for alternative sources of support from their home institutions, employers, and relevant funding agencies in their fields, etc.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees vary from course to course; therefore, please visit the relevant course web pages to see the course-specific information.


Accommodation in a single room at CEU Residence Center for our participants is at a preferential rate of 30 EUR/night while double occupancy is 19 EUR/night.

Living costs

Living costs vary with course length and individual needs from 240-300 EUR.

Financial aid 

Courses are generously funded by the Open Society University Network. Only currently enrolled students, researchers, staff, and faculty from the institutions within this Network are eligible for a full or partial scholarship which could cover the following categories:

  • a fee waiver offered by CEU SUN
  • accommodation in a single room at CEU Residence Center
  • travel, including visa
  • stipend

Funds will be distributed to deserving applicants based upon the enrollment and financial information submitted on the Funding page of the application form.

Furthermore, a tuition waiver is available for currently enrolled students of CIVICA member universities.

In addition, the courses on Constitution-building in Africa and Urban governance and civic participation in words and stone also offer scholarships so for these please visit the Financial Information section on the respective course web pages.

SUN Packages

All packages include the following:
• a minimum of 24 tuition hours per week
• ECTS credits 
• a certificate of attendance
• access to course E-learning page (with readings, assignments, etc.)
• access to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, sports center including the use of the indoor swimming pool and tennis courts)
• some social and cultural events depending on the course schedules (e.g. welcome and farewell reception/outings/field trips/film screenings, etc.)

1. Fee-Paying Package

o Financial aid: N/A
o Participant's contribution: tuition, travel, accommodation, health insurance, and living expenses

Payment deadlines

We expect fees to be paid only upon your confirmation of participation after April 15.
• April 30 (Early Bird fee)
• May 28 (Full tuition fee)
For our fee-refund policy see section Fee payment procedure below.

2. Financial Aid


• Tuition Waiver

o Financial aid: tuition fee waived
o Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel, accommodation, and living expenses

• Partial SUN Scholarship

o Financial aid: tuition fee waived and free accommodation in a single or shared double room
o Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel, and living expenses

• Full SUN Scholarship

o Financial aid: tuition fee waived; free accommodation in a single or shared double room, a full travel grant, and a stipend.
o Participant’s contribution: health insurance and living expenses

Fee payment by credit card

Payments for the summer courses are to be made via the Applicant Portal. Accepted participants need to log in to the portal and accept the Offer received from the SUN office. After this, the 'onboarding' section will be available, where you can click on the 'fee payment' button. 

In exceptional cases, we accept payments outside the Applicant Portal. CLICK HERE to see when and how we can accept payments outside the portal.


In case you need an invoice to be issued for an institution (e.g. for your university, NGO, company, etc.), please fill out the invoice request form and provide the necessary information for the invoice. If you have any questions related to the invoice, please contact Ms. Timea Madarasz, CEU Budget & Finance Office.
Invoices for the tuition fee will be made out to the participant’s name unless their sponsor requests an invoice. If the invoice needs to be changed later, please contact the Summer University Office.

Cancellation by Participant

In the event of cancellation, our general refund policy is the following (for specific course-related refund policy please consult the Financial Information posted on the course websites): 

  • Before May 28 - CEU will refund 90% of the full tuition fee paid. 
  • Between May 29th and 14 days before the course starts - 50% of the tuition fee will be refunded.  
  • Within 14 days of the course starting - no refund for tuition fees will be given.
  • If Participant cancels their participation for health or other vis major reasons, 50% of the fee paid could be reimbursed against an official certificate. 

Cancellation by CEU Summer University (SUN)

CEU SUN reserves the right to cancel any of the courses. In such cases, CEU will refund the whole