Dear Colleague,

As the admissions period for the 2009-2010 academic year is under way,
I am writing to you to request your support in making the information on
our recruitment effort accessible to those with a potential interest in
our programs. The sustenance of the standards of our work is heavily
dependent on a steady supply of good applicants for our programs, and
our former and current students are the best people to campaign for us.
I hereby appeal to you to share your CEU experience with, and make
the relevant information accessible to, those with a potential interest
in our programs.

Our department continues to be a thriving part of Central European
University, a genuinely cosmopolitan place of learning, a site of
transnational academic socialization where sophisticated scholarship is
combined with an easy-going atmosphere and social relevance. Thanks to
positive developments in the financial aid programs of our
university, in the current 2008-2009 academic year more applicants
have been able to accept our offers than at any time since 2002. The
class of our One-Year MA Program now consists of 33 students from a
dozen countries, including, besides our more traditional recruitment
areas, members from as far away as Eastern Russia to North America. We
expect this trend to continue in 2009-2010, as well.

There are important new developments in the status and diversity of our
programs, too. While keeping the one-year MA program for students to
whom this is more appropriate, in the fall semester of 2008, at long
last, we launched the two-year MA program in Historical Studies in
cooperation with the Department of Medieval Studies. The two-year
program is designed for holders of three-year undergraduate degrees as
well as students whose previous background requires two years on the
master level. The initial experience shows that this program (which has
also received accreditation both in the US and in Hungary), with its
more relaxed pace and somewhat broader introduction into a wide range of
historical traditions, is proving to be a definite success among the
first participating students.

Following recognition granted by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee
to the joint Doctoral School of History
(http://www.hist-medstud.phd.ceu.hu), which unites the programs in
Medieval Studies and in Comparative History, students who have enrolled
in our MA and PhD programs may receive both a US and a Hungarian (that
is, European) degree.

In addition to the long-established and acclaimed Specialization in
Jewish Studies, and our focus on Urban History, as of 2007 interested
students have also been able to pursue a specialization in Religious
Studies.

Apart from the intrinsic merits of our programs, we believe that these
developments make them even more attractive and internationally
competitive. I and my colleagues are kindly asking you to bring this to
the attention of potentially interested students in your environment,
and to advise them to apply (reminding them of the multiple deadlines).
Please pass on to them the attached flyer, and direct them for more
information to http://www.ceu.hu/admissions.html. Those with an interest
are also advised to visit our departmental website,
http://www.hist.ceu.hu/, and are welcome seek the advice of our
coordinators Zsuzsanna Somodi (SomodiZs@ceu.hu ) and Anikó Molnár
(MolnarA@ceu.hu ).

With kind regards and thanks for your cooperation,

Constantin Iordachi
Head of Department

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