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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at email@example.com.
Q: How do I apply for a scholarship or financial aid?
A: All eligibible applicants applying by the relevant February 1 admission deadline will be considered for financial aid unless they do not wish to.
Q: Can I ask for a deferral?
A: You may opt to defer your admission offer to the following academic year, however MESPOM is unable to defer any financial aid you might have been offered. This aspect of deferral is different from the general CEU admissions policy as MESPOM financial aid is co-offered by all the MESPOM Consortium universities.
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: No, you do not need to pay application fee for a MESPOM application.
Please note, however that CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate for their programs, 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.
A: If it is applicable to you, i.e. you apply for a CEU program, 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 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 application fee if applicable), 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.
You can track the status of your references on the applicant portal.
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). Please see here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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), from Lund University (Sweden) and University of the Aegean (Greece). These are official British, Swedish and Greek degrees. You will also receive an official Austrian degree (MSc) which certifies the MESPOM degree in Austria. It is issued in English and German.
In addition you will receive a Master of Science (MSc) 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 four universities issue a joint Diploma Supplement and Transcript of Records complying with relevant European Guidelines. The CEU degree has obtained Austrian (as well as US) accreditation.
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, 32 in 2018-2020 and 28 in 2019-2021, 20 in 2020-2022, 31 in 2021-2023 and 20 in 2022-2024. 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 (email@example.com) or through the MESPOM Coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In the latter case please indicate whom of the students you wish to contact and for what purpose.