Fully Funded Master Scholarship for Refugees at Central European University

Deadline: 10 April 2018
Open to: applications from individuals with refugee status from Hungary or  EEA state
Scholarship: fully funded


Are you a person with refugee status interested in studying at a university in Europe? Have you had difficulties in getting your qualifications recognized when applying to universities? Central European University invites applications for its Open Learning Initiative – University Preparatory Program (OLIve-UP), a course of study designed to prepare students for Master’s degree programs.

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

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 assists students in making competitive applications to MA programs at European universities. The program is currently funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.


OLIve-UP accepts students intending to prepare for MA study. The program accepts applications from individuals with refugee status, or are in a refugee-like situation, in Hungary or another European Economic Area (EEA) state who have:

  • An interest in pursuing further university study;
  • A completed Bachelor’s degree​ OR;
  • Had their Bachelor’s degree programs interrupted. CEU OLIve may be able to help you apply for a Masters degree. This depends on a number of factors, including the number of credits you have completed. If you are in this situation please contact us for an assessment.

Not having copies of your diploma(s) will not disqualify you from applying.

  • At least upper-intermediate English​ skills.

Women candidates who meet the above eligibility criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.


All successful applicants will be awarded a full scholarship which will cover tuition fees and provide a stipend, assistance with accommodation and health insurance.

How to Apply?

Submit a completed online application form, by 10 April 2018.

Fill the online application form.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and will sit a written test to ascertain English level.

Checklist of the documents you will be asked to submit:

  • A CV (in English), with details of your academic background and work experience, if any. Please also indicate your English level;
  • A Letter of Motivation (maximum 2 pages) stating why you would like to participate in this program and describing your academic and professional achievements, as well as interests and goals for the future and how further university study will help you achieve these;
  • Scanned copy or photocopy of your diploma and a transcript of previous grades if you have these available;

IMPORTANT: If you do not have a copy of your diploma and transcript, please fill in this form and upload it to your application in the section reserved for diploma and transcript. 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 two reference letters (one is mandatory), if possible one from someone familiar with your academic experience or skills to date. In the application form you will have to provide the name and contact details of a person familiar with your past academic performance, ideally a former teacher or university lecturer who can write a reference for you. If you are not able to contact an academic referee, then please provide the contact details of a previous employer. The referee will be contacted by CEU and will upload the reference. If you have copies of other references, you may upload additional reference(s) in the section ‘Qualifications – Other Supporting Documents’ or have these sent to olive_admissions@ceu.edu directly by your referee(s);
  • If you have a sample of academic writing in English (e.g an essay prepared for a university program) please submit this in the section ‘Qualifications – Other Supporting Documents’. Your application will still be considered and will not be at a disadvantage if you do not have a writing sample.

Please note that your application will not be considered complete unless you  submit both the online application form and the required documents.

For more information please visit the official call.