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BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

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Brief Profile

Inspired by the well-established degree created in Oxford over a hundred years ago, this Austrian and U.S. accredited program offers rigorous training in all three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. In this multidisciplinary setting, intellectually motivated students will be taught by world-class faculty and will acquire many transferrable skills by examining complex concepts, arguments and world-views. Students will learn in their politics courses to think critically about different political and social structures; in philosophy, they will address fundamental questions about reality and our place in it; and in economics they will learn about the principles that govern the production and allocation of resources.

The PPE program is multi-disciplinary − students receive a thorough training in at least 2 of the 3 PPE disciplines. They can also do serious interdisciplinary work in their BA thesis or their capstone project, and can take courses from outside the PPE framework, which can offer contrasting or more interdisciplinary perspectives on the topics they are interested in. These include 13 elective courses offered by Culture, Politics and Society (CPS), the other BA program, which range from Human Rights through Environmental Science to Nationalism Studies. All students in the four-year program also have an opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree.

Professor Tim Crane, head of the program, is a leading philosopher who led the philosophy departments at the University of Cambridge and at UCL in London. He enjoys discussing philosophy with students as well as promoting philosophy to the wider public.

Course Content

Possible majors:

  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics

Possible minors:

  • Environmental Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Visual Theory and Practice

Fakten zum Studiengang


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Kultur und Gesellschaft | Soziales und Verhalten | Wirtschaft und Management



3 - 4 Jahr Studienzeit
Kosten EU: 5000 EUR/Jahr
Kosten Nicht-EU: 5000 EUR/Jahr



The PPE program integrates into the Europe-wide Bologna system and offers the best of the American undergraduate education system. Students who complete four years of study will receive both an Austrian and an American BA degree, which can prepare them for an MA.

By developing a wide range of transferable skills, students will receive an excellent foundation for several future career directions. Deeply honed thinking skills − required to tackle many social and economic issues − are in high demand and can therefore open many doors open for PPE graduates. These range from pursuing graduate studies to a wide variety of career options in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Possible careers in:

  • Financial world
  • Politics
  • Finance
  • Think tanks
  • Public Service
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • International development
  • IGOs e.g. United Nations
  • Law, education, journalism
  • Charity sector

With its network of global employers, online job search platform, and team of advisers, our Career Services Office will help you find an internship and apply for funding, and provide personal guidance as you find your path. Our Alumni Relations Office will connect you with 16,000 graduates who are making an impact around the world, from Shanghai to Berlin to Los Angeles. You’ ll be joining a community that lasts a lifetime.


Admission requirements:

  • CEU application form
  • High school records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • CV
  • Application essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP or IB (preferred but not mandatory)
  • Finalists will be invited to attend an interview online or in person.

Application deadlines:

  • April 15, 2020 for applicants who require a study visa
  • August 14, 2020 for applicants who do not require a study visa

Study in Vienna

Ranked the world’s most livable city by The Economist, Vienna is a place where quirky student hangouts sit alongside opulent coffee houses and modern art fills centuries-old palaces. Leafy parks and riverside beaches, world-class galleries and museums, beer gardens and vineyards, street fairs and culinary fests offer entertainment from spring to fall, while the Austrian capital’s squares transform into a snowy, glittering playground with Christmas markets and ice rinks in winter. Students will be staying in comfortable and centrally located dormitory facilities. Just a short train or plane trip to the must-see capitals of the continent, Vienna is the heart of Europe. 

Fund your studies

Inaugural class tuition award: EUR 5,000 per year, for the full length of your studies

Our first class of undergraduate students in 2020-21 receive a 50% tuition award of the EUR 10,000 annual tuition fee. Members of the inaugural class will be granted this award for the entire duration of their studies.

Presidential tuition award: 5,000 EUR for two outstanding candidates

Two outstanding candidates will receive a Presidential Award for the total value of 5,000 EUR each. The Award covers part of the tuition fee throughout the four years of BA studies as follows:

Year I: 500 EUR

Year II: 1,000 EUR

Year III: 1,500 EUR

Year IV: 2,000 EUR


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