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  • OLIve at Central European University, Vienna

    Open Learning Initiative University Preparatory Program (OLIve-UP)

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    OLIve-UP is a university preparatory program for people of refugee backgrounds living in the European Economic Area who wish to apply to an English-language Masters degree in Europe.  It is a registered non-degree program of Central European University (CEU) in Vienna.  CEU is an Austrian and American accredited university, offering Masters programs fully accredited in both Austria and the United States (and, in some cases, Hungary).

    The OLIve-UP program will run in Vienna from January to August 2022.  Previous programs have run in Berlin and Budapest. OLIve-UP programs have run since 2017 and have a good record of getting students into higher education - about 70% of our students are accepted to a degree program after OLIve-UP.

    The program is fully-funded and should the student be accepted to a Masters degree program at Central European University, scholarships are available.  

    More information can be found here:

  • Details at a glance

    Arts and humanities, Business Administration, Law, Social Sciences, Journalism and Information
    Until 29/10/2021
    Foundational Course
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    In-person programme delivery
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    All, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City
    Accepted status documentation
    Not required
    Language of Instruction
    Language Proficiency Level
    B1, B2
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      Recurring annual opportunity
    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Application fees
      Language training
      Preparation courses
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Health insurance
      Mentoring or psycho-social support
      Travel costs to the third country
      Transition of documents
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      Student resident permit
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
      Living costs are provided and work is not encouraged unless it is directly relevant to the student's study and/or career.
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
    • Who is responsible for the cost of the family members?
      Scholarship Programme
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Work permit/temporary residency
    • Application fee
    • Application period
      Specific date (annual opportunity)
    • Opportunity annual timing
    • Release of the selection decision
      November 2021
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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