FAQs

Admissions

Central European University manages the formalities of the admission process on behalf of the MESPOM Consortium, therefore please consult first general FAQs at CEU Admissions on How to Apply

Check out also the information and discussion flows at the Study at MESPOM Facebook group

Q: Can I send my MESPOM application to Lund University, the University of Manchester or the University of the Aegean?

A: No. In order to streamline the application process, the MESPOM Consortium has decided that all applications should be submitted to Central European University. So please submit your on-line application form and send all the supporting documents to CEU as described in the How to Apply section.

Q: Who do I contact for assistance with questions I have during the application process?

A: For all general inquires about the program, please send an email to coordinator@mespom.eu. If you do not receive an immediate response, please be patient and you will hear back soon. The MESPOM program receives a high volume of emails during the application period, especially in the few weeks before the deadline. 

For technical problems with the application online, email the CEU IT Department (see next question). The MESPOM coordinators do not access the online applications at this stage. 

The Admissions Department can also help with some general queries, and can be contacted at admissions@ceu.edu. If it's a question related to the MESPOM program specifically, contact the MESPOM coordinator. If it's more general, related to CEU, or otherwise the Admissions Department is a possible resource.

There is a forum of potential students who can discuss the application process on the Study at MESPOM Facebook group. Please be aware that although it can be very useful to receive help from fellow applicants, you may want to confirm the answers to technical questions with the MESPOM staff (e.g. what type of form is acceptable, etc.)

Q: I do not find the link on the online application form to MESPOM.

A: Please look for it under MUNDUS MAPP/MESPOM Programs or All Programs

Q: I have technical problems with my application form. What do I do?

A: Please contact CEU Admissions via email at admissions@ceu.edu.

You may apply to up to 5 programs (master's and/or doctoral) offered by any academic unit at CEU. 

If you applied to CEU in a previous admission cycle, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.

Q: How do I apply for a scholarship or financial aid?

A: All eligibible applicants applying by the January 3, 2019 deadline will be considered for a scholarship unless they do not wish to. There is no separate application form to fill in. To be considered for EMJMD funding you must obtain a residence certificate, which you will upload as part of your application on the online application portal.

Q: There is not enough time for me to obtain a language proficiency certificate before the application deadline. What do I do?

A: If you are required to submit a proof of English language proficiency but cannot do so by the deadline, your application may still be considered.

If you have taken the test but are still waiting for the results on the application deadline, you can upload a screen shot or other proof of having taken the test. You can then send the results as soon as you have them.

In this case you will be urged to provide the proof by deadlines specified by the MESPOM Consortium Co-ordinator.

Q: I have obtained a BA/MA from a program taught exclusively in English. Can I receive exemption from the language test? 

A: Yes. To request exemption from the English language proficiency requirement, applicants need to answer the questions on English Language Qualifications accordingly in the Qualifications section of the online application form. Decisions regarding exemptions are at the discretion of the MESPOM admissions committee and will be communicated to applicants after the first stage of the selection process.

In case your  transcript/diploma does not state the program was taught entirely in English, please upload an additional document issued by the university confirming that the language of instruction of the entire BA/MA program was English (either merge it with your transcript or diploma, or upload it in the Additional/Other Supporting Documents field).

Q: I am in the final year of a bachelor's (master's) program, so I do not have a diploma or final transcript to upload yet. What shall I do?

A: Upload an official current transcript. If you are accepted, we will need an official hard copy of the final transcript. In place of the diploma, upload a certificate of enrollment stating, if possible, your expected date of graduation. Please note that in order to be able to enroll at CEU, you must graduate before the academic year at CEU begins.

Q: What is an 'official translation' of my degrees and transcripts?

A: An official English translation bears the stamp and signature of a sworn translator or an authorized official of the institution that has issued the original. It should contain the stamp and signature on each page or over a folded and fastened corner of the document, and include a statement of authenticity in English.

Q: Do I have to pay the CEU application fee if I'm a MESPOM applicant?

A: Yes, the application fee also applies to all MESPOM applications as CEU has to process all applications.

CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate irrespective of the number of programs applied to in the given admissions cycle. The application fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived, but it can be paid by a third party. 

Q: How do I pay the application fee?

A: The fee must be paid by bank card via the online application form when the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle. Please see the relevant application fee section of the CEU main admission page FAQ for more information.

Q: How do I obtain a residence certificate for the Erasmus + application requirement? 

A:  The residence certificate needs to be issued in accordance with your municipality's normal registration rules. It will be an official document which prooves your residency of where you currently live. It must be an officially copy in English or an official English translation of the original document and must have been issued within 12 months before the application deadline. 

Applicants selected for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarship will be required to submit the original of the uploaded document at the time of enrollment. If you have questions about the validity of the form you can obtain, please contact coordinator@mespom.eu or the CEU Admissions office at admissions@ceu.edu.

If it's impossible for you to get this type of form because it's not issued in the area of the world where you live, please email coordinator@mespom.eu to ask about alternatives. 

Types of documents that are NOT accepted in place of the residence cerficate are passports, driver's licences, bills, bank statements, etc. 

Please upload the residence certificate as a PDF document to the relevant section of the online application form if you wish to be considered for financial aid.

Q: How should I submit my references?

A: Candidates need to register the referees in the relevant section of the online application form. Referees will receive an automated message containing a link to the referee section AFTER the candidate successfully submits the application form and pays the appliaction fee,  and will have 7 days to complete the recommendation form/upload the recommendation (the link to the referee section expires after 7 days following receipt of the automated email).

Applicants are advised to remind their referees of the deadline for submitting recommendation letters and that the automated messages sent from the SITS application form may be received as spam and they should be found in the appropriate spam folder of mailboxes.

References sent via email, fax or regular postal mail are not acceptable.

Q: I have submitted my application but realized I made a mistake, or need to add something. What do I do?

A: Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete. No changes can be made to the application after it's been submitted. However, after the deadline an initial review of the applications will be made and if you are missing something important, the Admissions Department will contact you. You should be prepared to send them the missing document or corrected document as soon as possible. 

Certain data (contact information) you will be able to update via the Applicant Portal that Admissions can open for you upon request. Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered and CEU does not return application documents, or provide copies thereof. 

Q: Do I need to submit hard copies?

A: Hard copies of certain documents will be asked from accepted applicants only at a later stage. (Diploma, Transcript in original as well as in English language and Residence certificate).

Study Program

Q: Where can I access the recent programme description, a typical schedule and sample courses?

A:  We encourage you to visit the courses at the CEU course hub first. MESPOM and CEU run an e-learning Website which contains these documents. The programme description and the most recent schedule (for the current semester) are publicly available. You can contact us at coordinator@mespom.eu if there is any course you would like to receive more specific information about

Q: What kind of degree will I receive?

A:  You will receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the University of Manchester (UK) and from Lund University (Sweden). These are official British and Swedish degrees. You will also receive an official Hungarian degree (MA) which certifies the MESPOM degree in Hungary. It is issued in English and Hungarian.

In addition you will receive a Master of Science (MS) degree from Central European University which is accredited in the USA. Each of these degrees is supported by a separate degree certificate which cross-refer to each other. The three universities issue a joint Diploma Supplement and Transcript of Records complying with relevant European Guidelines. The CEU degree has obtained Hungarian (as well as US) accreditation. In the coming years the students will receive the University of the Aegean degree.

Student Life

Q:  How many students are enrolled in MESPOM?

A:  30 students were enrolled in 2005-2007, 33 in 2006-2008, 40 in 2007-2009, 35 in 2008-2010, 34 in 2009-2011, 29 in 2010-2012, 29 in 2011-2013, 33 in 2012-2014, 27 in 2013-2015, 30 in 2014-2016, 21 in 2015-2017, 21 in 2016-2017, 25 in 2017-2019 and 32 in 2018-2020. See also the MESPOM students site.

Q: How can I contact current MESPOM students or alumni?

A:  You can contact them by joining the Study at MESPOM group or at their official e-mail addresses (firstname.lastname@mespom.eu) or through the MESPOM Coordinator by emailing coordinator@mespom.eu. In the latter case please indicate whom of the students you wish to contact and for what purpose.