University Preparatory Program for Refugees at CEU

Deadline: 15 May 2017
Open to: applicants with Bachelor’s degree​ or completed high school
Scholarships: full scholarship for successful applicants including tuition waiver and travel assistance


Central European University in Budapest runs a 10 month intensive university preparatory program for refugees from European Economic Area countries, the Open Learning Initiative – University Preparatory Program (or OLIve-UP). The Open Learning Initiative – University Preparatory Program is an intensive, full-time, fully-funded course of study for individuals with refugee status with the goal of preparing students for higher education study. OLIve-UP assist students in making competitive applications to BA and MA programs at European universities. The program is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

The program will take place from September 2017 to June 2018.


Bachelor’s degree​, for those who wish to be prepared for Masters-level study, or with a completed high school for those who wish to be prepared for BA-level study.


Successful students will receive a full scholarship, including tuition waiver and travel assistance.

How to apply?

Submit a completed online application form which can be found here.

You should submit:

  • CV;
  • Letter of intent ( maximum 2 pages);
  • Copy of diploma and transcript of previous grades, (If you do not have a copy of your diploma and transcript, please upload a document stating details of your previous study, including principal subject of study, title of thesis (if any), and average grade per year of study (if applicable). Your application will still be considered if you do not have a copy of your diploma or transcript and you will not be at a disadvantage,
  • Up to 2 reference letters (one mandatory);
  • Sample of Academic English writing.

For more information please visit the official website.

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