Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
3-4 years
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
Start of the program : 
September 2020

Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

The BA in PPE degree program provides an education in the core elements of philosophy, politics and economics. Students begin in the first year by studying the basics of all three subjects, and then in their second year they choose to focus on two of them. In their third year, they continue with the study of their two main disciplines, and they write a thesis. In their fourth year, students continue to develop their skills and knowledge by taking a term to study abroad, take advanced courses in their chosen discipline and develop an independent capstone project. In their second and third years, they will also be able to complement their main study areas by taking courses from the other CEU BA program, Culture, Politics and Society.

The PPE program is multi-disciplinary — students receive a thorough training in at least two of the three PPE disciplines. But they can also do serious interdisciplinary work in their BA thesis and capstone project, and they can take courses from outside the PPE framework, which can offer contrasting or more interdisciplinary perspectives on the topics they are interested in.


Admission is based on individual qualities of each student. The program is looking for applicants with a high school education who can demonstrate Intellectual curiosity, and a proactive and problem-solving orientation. Interest in critical thinking, in interdisciplinary perspectives and in global processes will be highly valued, as well as an interest in civic engagement.

Program admission requirements:

1. Strong academic record

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency:

TOEFL (internet); taken after January 31st 2018                                     80 points

TOEFL (paper based); taken after January 31st 2018                             550 points

IELTS Academic; taken after January 31st 2018                                       6.0 points

Pearson Test of English (Academic) taken after January 31st 2018      56 points

Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency*                                             169 points

*For the C2 exam, 180 is needed to get a certificate. However, scores between 162 and 179 are shown on the statement of results. The same scale is used for the C1 and C2 exams.

  • exemptions granted on the basis of secondary school diploma obtained from a school teaching exclusively in English


Program Admission Materials and Procedure

  • Online Application Form, will have sections for Proof of English Proficiency, Academic Record (transcript of previous 2 years at secondary school, secondary school diploma OR enrolment certificate), CV, motivation letter (500 words)
  • Admissions Interview: can be in person or via videoconference