Orientation Sessions

Orientation Sessions 2021/22

In order to let students get familiar with CEU’s administrative units, services, and policies in Academic Year 2021/22 we have compiled a broad spectrum of orientation sessions. Due to Covid regulations, our Central Orientation Sessions will happen online this year. You can join and attend all sessions using the link below.

https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/96528882305?pwd=clViN1BZTWF3RG9wZmhNOUVYdm9vdz09

Installing ZOOM beforehand is highly recommended to ensure a smooth participation. You will not be seen on screen but you can ask questions in the chat. Your questions will be answered by the presenters during a Q&A session after the presentation. These sessions will be recorded and shared for you to revisit later. 

Please note that sessions marked with C are mandatory for all incoming students!

Sessions marked with R will be repeated twice, you can attend the one fitting your schedule best.

Welcome to CEU and enjoy your Orientation!

Online Orientation Sessions (masters and doctoral students)

Monday, September 6th

09 am Residence Permits (Peter Wittmann) C*

In this session, the Student Center will introduce you to the Austrian Residency Permit process, focusing mostly on 3rd country nationals. We will discuss the required documents, responsible authorities and permit renewals.

10 am Student Records Office (Renáta Rusz, Gabriella Kulik) C

The Student Records Office (SRO) provides a wide array of services related to the academic aspect of studying at CEU. The office is responsible for overseeing enrollment, course registration, credit transfer, the preparation of diplomas, issuing transcripts and certificates upon request, as well as keeping students’ academic records. It also monitors the submission of grades and administers the conferring of various academic achievement awards.

11 am Student Wellbeing & Insurance (Viktoria Magocsi, Lisa Auzinger) C

In this session, the Student Center will introduce you to the CEU Health Insurance Plans and share general information about the requirements set by the Authorities. In addition, we will introduce the CEU Medical Center and the Psychological Student Counselling, two in-house health services for the CEU community. Last but not least, we will provide covid-related and emergency information.

12 pm Navigating CEU and Communications (Chrys Margaritidis) C

This session provides information about the work of the Dean of Students Office, academic and personal life at CEU and reminds students of important CEU policies. In addition, we will discuss diversity at CEU, different channels, styles and etiquette of communications at CEU. 

1 pm Advanced Programs (Matthias Riedl, Esther Holbrook)

CEU has 11 Advanced Certificate programs that are available to students currently enrolled in CEU's degree-granting departments (https://courses.ceu.edu/programs). Some of these programs are degree specific, but some of these are available to students across departments. This session will allow you to familiarize yourself with the format of AC programs at CEU and ask questions that give you a better idea of how to pursue your AC interest alongside your core departmental studies.

1:30 pm Source Languages (Gyorgy Gereby, Anastasia Theologou)

The Source Language Teaching Group (SLTG) offers taught courses in historic and contemporary languages (source languages). Courses for these languages (Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic, Classical Syriac, Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, Persian, Ottoman and Modern Turkish, Russian, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian) are specifically designed for academic purposes, are free of charge and open to all CEU students, faculty and staff. These courses are subject to the regular registration procedure as part of the university curriculum https://www.ceu.edu/sltg. In this session, we will introduce you to the source languages courses offered in this academic year and share general information about the aims and content of the programme. In addition, you will have the opportunity to ask questions concerning the value of studying at the SLTG as an elective option and the way you could make the most of our center and the excellent resources it offers.

2:30 pm Finances (Ildiko Torok, Tamara Bobor)

The Finance Session will cover deadlines and payment obligations as well as general stipend and payment information.

3:00 pm IT (Laszlo Palfi)

This session aims to introduce new students to all major IT services CEU offers to support their studies. We will cover the following topics: IT Account, Office 365 services (like email, document management, and collaboration tools), WiFi, VPN, video conferencing via Zoom, uploading, recording, editing, and sharing video on Panopto, virtual- and physical computer resources, printing services. You will learn where to ask for IT support and how to deal with security threats.

3:30 pm Modern Language Courses Center for Academic Writing (Agnes Makary)

The Center for Academic Writing Language offers extracurricular foreign language courses (German, French, Spanish and Hungarian). The courses are all fee-paying. Join this orientation session if you would like to find out more about these courses or courses in other languages you would like to join to, but they are not currently offered at CEU.  

Wednesday, September 8th

12 pm Meeting Student Parents (Viktoria Magocsi, Lisa Auzinger, Peter Wittmann, Maria Urbas, Dora Wohner, Aniko Kellner)

In this orientation session for student parents, we will give a brief overview of family-related issues. The Student Center will inform you about the most important things you need to consider for the residence permit of your dependents, where you can turn to if you have accommodation-related questions and which health insurance options there are for you and your family. Aniko Kellner, Equal Opportunity Officer, will introduce you to the relevant policies and academic support. Last but not least we will share some information on governmental financial support in Austria.


1 pm University-wide Courses, Intellectual Themes Initiative (Zsofia Pal)

This session will introduce the University-wide courses (UWC), which aim to bring together faculty and students from across CEU to explore topics of common interest. These courses are diverse; some deal with contemporary academic topics, some foster research skills while others offer practical skills training in a variety of fields. University-wide courses are optional and are open to all CEU students. Following the opening remarks of Provost and Pro-Rector, Liviu Matei, instructors will briefly present their courses. 

2 pm GDPR (Irisz Szel)

GDPR - data privacy rules in collecting and managing personal data during daily operation and research

2:30 pm Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest (Robert Parnica, Nora Bertalan)

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA), which stays in Budapest, is one of the biggest Cold War and Human Rights archives in the world. We will use the opportunity provided by the orientation week to present the institution and its archival holdings. We want to explain the activities and mission of our institution and show our rich analog and digital archival collections, relevant for both faculty and students of several departments of the University. We will inform students about remote research opportunities in the Archives through our special services to CEU, including the dedicated "Research Cloud" and "Digitization on Demand", which are accessible even from Vienna. Finally, we would like to inform students about the ways they can communicate with us via several social media platforms and the soon-to-be-launched new Share Point site.

3 pm Equality, Gender, Disability (Aniko Kellner, Natalia Nyikes, Ana Belen Amil) C

The goal of the presentation is to acquaint students with the variety of measures through which CEU promotes equal opportunities within the institution. The most important policies and procedures will be discussed so students are aware of their rights as well as what to do when they experience or witness discrimination or barriers to full participation in student life. 

4 pm Community Engagement Office (Flora Laszlo, Shwetha Nair) C

In this session you can learn about civic engagement, cultural and human rights programs, organized by the office and also about the ways, how you can get engaged in our activities and connect with the communities around us. 

Thursday, September 9th

09 am Residence Permits (Peter Wittmann) C, R*

In this session, the Student Center will introduce you to the Austrian Residency Permit process, focusing mostly on 3rd country nationals. We will discuss the required documents, responsible authorities and permit renewals.

10 am Student Records Office (Renáta Rusz, Gabriella Kulik) C, R

The Student Records Office (SRO) provides a wide array of services related to the academic aspect of studying at CEU. The office is responsible for overseeing enrollment, course registration, credit transfer, the preparation of diplomas, issuing transcripts and certificates upon request, as well as keeping students’ academic records. It also monitors the submission of grades and administers the conferring of various academic achievement awards.

11 am Student Wellbeing & Insurance (Viktoria Magocsi, Lisa Auzinger) C, R

In this session, the Student Center will introduce you to the CEU Health Insurance Plans and share general information about the requirements set by the Authorities. In addition, we will introduce the CEU Medical Center and the Psychological Student Counselling, two in-house health services for the CEU community. Last but not least, we will provide covid-related and emergency information.

12 pm Student Counselling (Laszlo Biro) C

Student counselling is on a voluntary basis and is confidential provided by three student counsellors at CEU: Karen, Denise and Laszlo. The orientation on the Student Counselling Services at CEU will cover the following topics: Stuff student counsellors can help you with,
how, when and where to contact student counsellors, webinars, workshops and trainings offered by Student Counselling Services. We will also be introducing the Peer Counselling Project at CEU and also give a (very) brief outlook on stress

12:30 pm Introduction to Sustainable CEU: Environmental Activism at CEU (Logan Strenchock)

Sustainable CEU is a campus group comprised of interested students, staff and community members who take an interest in promoting environmental engagement within the University and local community. We invite you to join this session if you are interested in learning more about how to get involved in helping organise events, workshops and community outreach events in the upcoming year.

1 pm „Erasmus+ Mobility Program – A basic introduction” (Dorottya Urai)

The Erasmus+ mobility program enables higher education students to study for part of their degree or to pursue a traineeship in a European or other associated country. A general introduction will be provided during this session on the elements of the program.

1:30 pm ILAB (Agnes Schram)

"CEU InnovationsLab is the startup accelerator of Central European University, available for all CEU students, alumni, staff, and also external teams, who have a business idea. What makes CEU iLab unique is the synergy it creates between academia and business. The iLab offers a one-year incubation program for high-impact teams, including mentoring, progress sessions, participation in relevant CEU courses, cooperation with CEU students in special project, and more. CEU iLab was voted Hungary's best incubator at the Central European Startup Awards. More information is available here: https://www.ilab.ceu.edu/"

2 pm Meet the Student Recruitment Internship! (Krisztina Darazs-Sebok)

Meet the Student Recruitment Internship! Gain work experience while studying at CEU! The ten-month program involves current CEU students in all kinds of student recruitment activities which aim to promote CEU's degree programs and help prospective students across the globe. The Student Recruitment Internship is an online, volunteer program, which also involves professional and soft-skill training sessions. The minimum commitment of 15 hours of volunteering ("time credits") is spread out throughout the academic year. We welcome applications from all MA and PhD students! For more information, visit: https://www.ceu.edu/admissions/find-out-more/student-recruitment-internship

2:30 pm Library (David Frank)

Get an idea about CEU Library. This place is a hub of student learning and research at CEU. Beside printed and electronic versions of media you are able to book training courses for databases and other library related topics. Beside this is a large number of different services provided. A successful access from off-campus to our ebooks and ejournals is provided via VPN. A good source to get an overview for beginners is the New students website.  You are very welcome to the library.

3 pm Living and Studying in Vienna (Helmut Summesberger)

You will receive some important Information about registration and navigating the City of Vienna, some useful tips how to get around the City, the Student ticket and some Insider Information on customs and manners in Vienna.

3:30 pm Student Union (Shwetha Nair)

Meet representatives of the CEU student union and learn how you can get involved with CEU student union. The Student Union (SU) represents student interests within CEU, is involved in various institutional decision-making and policy-shaping processes and organizes numerous activities, events and supports students’ initiatives. Follow the SU SharePoint to learn more.

4 pm Career Services (Ann Gagliardi)

The Career Services Office helps students transform their CEU experience into meaningful professional engagement. While there are things you cannot control as far as your future is concerned, there are also many actions you can take to ensure you are as prepared as possible. Join us to discover 1) how we can support you throughout your time as a student and beyond, 2) what to expect from during the coming academic year, and 3) why our office slogan is: The Future Starts Today!

4:30 pm Alumni (Nena Grceva and the Alumni Relations Team)

Alumni from Day One: Welcome to the Family! Do you know that by joining CEU you’ve joined a global family of over 18,000 alumni in more than 140 countries? Join this session to learn how alumni support students and how you can get involved and make most of being a member of this powerful network. We have a special surprise for you at the end, so make sure you come! We look forward to meeting you soon!

5 pm Heritage Backpack Quiz brought to you by CEU Culture Hub

ONSITE EVENT! Quellenstrasse Campus Auditorium

HeritageMe Quiz is an interactive quiz for the CEU community based on the contributions on Heritage Backpack website, www.heritagebackpack.net. We invite everyone to get ready for an afternoon discussion where we will have time to get to know each other. Are you ready to compete AND know about your fellows’ culture and heritage? If yes, join us for this quiz! The questions for the game will be related to everything which has been previously shared on the www.heritagebackpack.net platform. To participate in the quiz on 9th September 5 p.m. please sign up here

Friday, September 10th

12 - 1:30 pm Student Union Clubs Fair + Info session

Students can discover, join and start new Student Clubs, meet fellow CEU students from other departments and speak with student union representatives! Details of the event can be found here

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/94724987270?pwd=R3ltd0owbzZJdXd0QXkzTUVVN04zQT09

Saturday, September 11th

ONSITE EVENT! 10:30 am HRSI Vienna Tour

Join the mobile tour organized by Human RightS Initiative, Community Engagement Office and stroll through Vienna's streets to learn about the city through a lens of human rights! At the event meet your peers and coordinators of HRSI and learn how you can get involved with our work!

To participate, please register here

Meeting point: Outside Quellenstrasse Campus


Onsite Orientation Sessions (undergraduate students)

Sessions are in-person unless otherwise indicated. Please note that the most up-to-date version of the schedule is the one that you receive from your Program Coordinators via email.

Monday, September 6th

09 am Residence Permits (Peter Wittmann) online

This session will cover the basics of the necessary bureaucratic steps to living in Vienna. Here you will learn about the MA 35, applying for residency permits, necessary documentation, extensions, and troubleshooting.

10 am Student Records Office (Renáta Rusz, Gabriella Kulik) online

The Student Records Office (SRO) provides a wide array of services related to the academic aspect of studying at CEU.

10 am Family Session/Tour (Dorit Geva, Helmut Summesberger, Trisha Tanner, Ann Gagliardi)

Welcome session and tour for the parents and families of students.

11:30 am Campus Tours

Get to know your campus with the BA Team!

12 pm Buffet lunch

1 pm Welcome Session (Shalini Randeria, Liviu Matei, Dorit Geva, Chrys Margaritidis)

An introduction to CEU and the BA Programs by CEU's leaders.

2 pm Ice breakers

Get to know your fellow students with the BA team!

4:30 pm Library Tours 1

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

4:30 pm Alumni Relations – Session A (Nena Grceva)

Join this session to learn how alumni support students and how you can get involved and make most out of being a member of the CEU network.
5pm Alumni Relations – Session B (Nena Grceva)
Join this session to learn how alumni support students and how you can get involved and make most out of being a member of the CEU network.

6 pm All Austria Quiz & Burger Night

Put your knowledge about Austria to the test while enjoying some food and hanging out with your new classmates.

Tuesday, September 7th

9:30 am Career Services – Session A (Ann Gagliardi)

The Career Services Office helps students transform their CEU experience into meaningful professional engagement. While there are things you cannot control as far as your future is concerned, there are also many actions you can take to ensure you are as prepared as possible. Join us to discover 1) how we can support you throughout your time as a student and beyond, 2) what to expect from during the coming academic year, and 3) why our office slogan is: The Future Starts Today!

10 am Counselling – Online Session (Laszlo Biro) online

Learn about the counselling services offered to CEU students.

11 am Community Engagement – Session A (Flora Laszlo)

This session will give you the information to get involved outside of the classroom!

11:30 am Community Engagement – Session B (Flora Laszlo)

This session will give you the information to get involved outside of the classroom!

1 pm PPE/QSS Breakout Session (Matthijs Bogaards, Tiago Piexoto)

Ask program specific questions and learn more about what to expect over the course of your degree.

2 pm CPS Breakout Session (Michael Dorsch, Lydia Bolton)

Ask program specific questions and learn more about what to expect over the course of your degree.

3 pm Survival German (Helmut Summesberger)

Learn some German basics with the Head of Student Life You'll be ordering your Kaffee and Kuchen at the café in no time!

5 pm Scavenger Hunt

Work together with your classmates to solve puzzles and explore the city!
Wednesday 8 September

9:30am Career Services – Session B (Ann Gagliardi)

The Career Services Office helps students transform their CEU experience into meaningful professional engagement. While there are things you cannot control as far as your future is concerned, there are also many actions you can take to ensure you are as prepared as possible. Join us to discover 1) how we can support you throughout your time as a student and beyond, 2) what to expect from during the coming academic year, and 3) why our office slogan is: The Future Starts Today!

11 am Counselling – Session A (Laszlo Biro)

Learn about the counselling services offered to CEU students.

1 pm Library Tours 2

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

1:30 pm Library Tours 3

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

2 pm Library Tours 4

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

3 pm Equality (Aniko Kellner, Natalia Nyikes, Ana Belen Amil) online

This session will cover the measures that CEU takes to promote equal opportunities within the institution.

Thursday, September 9th

10 am Counselling – Session B (Laszlo Biro)

Learn about the counselling services offered to CEU students.

10 am Library Tours 5

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

10:30 am Library Tours 6

Learn about CEU's library and research services. You only need to attend your assigned session, so please consult lists to find your designated tour.

11 am Insurance (Viktoria Magocsi, Lisa Auzinger) online

In this session, the Student Center will introduce you to the CEU Health Insurance Plans and share general information about the requirements set by the Authorities. In addition, they will introduce the CEU Medical Center and the Psychological Student Counselling, two in-house health services for the CEU community, as well as covid-related and emergency information.

3:30 pm Online Library Tour

Friday, September 10th

9:30am City Walk (Anastasios Strikos)

Meet in front of the pond at the Upper Belvedere.


ONSITE Orientation Sessions for MA and PhD students in Budapest

Tuesday, September 7th

9.00-10.30: Well-being & Residency Permit

10.30-11.00: SRO

11.15-11.45: IT

12.00-12.30: iLab introduction

Location: Nador 15, Auditorium B

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/95463584712 

pwd=ZzFwbHZIUVVLZXpaN2JENDNiYzVxQT09

Meeting ID: 954 6358 4712

Passcode: 049551

Some Pre-recorded sessions from previous years can be viewed through this link

* Please note that sessions marked with C are compulsory and those marked with R are repetitions!