Call for Applications February - June 2019 Session

The Open Learning Initiative Weekend Program (OLIve - WP) at Central European University focuses on opening access to education for refugees and asylum seekers. Established in January 2016, the Weekend Program (OLIve-WP) is designed for asylum seekers and refugees in Hungary and take place every Saturday. This academic year, there will be one term running between February and June 2019.


If you are planning to apply for a higher education program, either in Hungary or abroad, then the Academic Track will help you develop the key skills needed to apply. This track gives you the opportunity to let your inquisitive mind explore new topics and themes, develop your critical thinking skills, and learn new analytical and theoretical approaches.

Courses on offer:

  • Topic based courses on ‘Society & Culture’, ‘Politics & Policy’ and ‘History’
  • Academic skills
  • Academic seminar on different topics, including international policy making, environmental justice, the body and politics, etc.
  • Academic English
  • Discipline-specific instruction for advanced students

To apply for this track you should have upper-intermediate (B2) English or above and plan to apply to a Bachelors or Masters program within the next two years.


Would you like to learn how to organize and represent yourself and others in your school, your workplace, or your community? If you are interested in issues related to human rights, labour, migration, the environment or other important social questions of our time, this program is here to support you in advocating for them. In this program, we will assist you in learning how to manage and organise a project or action from beginning to end. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced advocates, civil society leaders and fellow students to achieve your goals. At the end of the program you will be able to intern, job shadow or volunteer at a local organisation whose work is relevant to your interests.  

Courses on offer:

  • Seminar with representatives of civil society organisations
  • English for advocacy purposes
  • Communication skills
  • Media production

To apply for this track you should have upper-intermediate English (B2) and an interest in initiatives challenging social inequalities.


The Career Track is designed for students who do not want to pursue an academic career but would like to acquire practical skills that might be useful on the labour market. You will learn how to use the most common software employed in office work, you will improve your written and communication skills and you will work with a career profesional to develop your CV.

Courses on offer:

  • Presentation Skills
  • English language courses
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Project Management and Fundraising

To apply for this track you should have intermediate (B1) English.


Please submit your complete online application form the latest by 2 December 2018.

We will contact you by email if you are selected for an interview, after 6 December, 2018.

The program runs between February and June 2019 and the accepted applicants are expected to attend all the sessions.