Open Learning Initiative

The Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) offers education for asylum seekers and refugees at Central European University. OLIve currently has two non-degree programs: 
  • Open Learning Initiative - University Preparatory Program (OLIve-UP) for registered refugees in Europe. 
  • Open Learning Initiative - Weekend Program (OLIve-WP) for registered refugees and asylum seekers in Hungary 

OLIve University Preparatory Program (OLIve-UP)

The call for applications for the OLIve-UP 2017-2018 Academic Year is now closed. 

The Open Learning Initiative - University Preparatory Program is an intensive, full-time, fully-funded course of study for students with refugee status in one of the EEA countries, with the goal of preparing students for higher education study at European Universities.

The program focuses on academic tutoring, academic English, developing academic skills, and advocacy and human rights training. Students are taught in small interactive groups, with close engagement between teachers and students.

OLIve-UP is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

OLIve Weekend Program (OLIve-WP)

The weekend courses for refugees and asylum seekers at Central European University include academic tutoring, academic seminars and academic skills, English courses, and other courses to be announced before the start of the new session. Courses are held on Saturdays, at CEU's campus in downtown Budapest.

OLIve-WP is funded by CEU's Intellectual Themes Initiative.


  • Apply to OLIve-WP (session 09 September 2017 - 03 February 2018). Deadline: 04 August, 2017. Find the online application form HERE.
  • OLIve-UP 1st End-of-Year Conference - 16 June 2017. Find the program here.


Address: Zrinyi utca 14, room 415, 1051 Budapest

Phone: + /2857 (Coordinator: Cristina Simona Bangau)


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