OLIve – adult education in a university setting 

The OLIve weekend program is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive learning space within a university setting for people who have experienced displacement, including asylum seekers and those with refugee status. It is run by Open Education, a non-profit organization affiliated with Central European University (CEU).

Classes will take place in person on the campus of CEU (unless rules change).

Apply to OLIve Weekend Program if: 

  • you want a learning experience within a university setting. 
  • you are interested in learning something new or continuing your previous studies. 
  • you would like to be part of a welcoming and friendly community. 
  • you are ready to help collaboratively design your own learning.

Students have the choice to take a range of academic, language and skills-based courses. 

Courses will be developed and offered based on students’ interests and needs — you get to help choose the course offer in collaboration with the OLIve office and teachers.

Please see the previous courses on offer here.


Classes will run every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. from September 18th 2021 until June 25th 2022 (except during state holidays).

Types of Enrolment

You can apply for FULL or PARTIAL enrolment.

FULL means attending 4 courses per week. You will be eligible for a scholarship (if you meet other requirements).

PARTIAL means attending 1 or 2 courses per week. There is no scholarship.

You can apply for the whole academic year or only the first term

The academic year runs from September 18th 2021 until June 25th 2022

Term 1 ends on January 29th 2022. Applications will re-open for the second term.


Deadline for applications: September 12th

Interviewing new candidates: Saturday September 18th (or during the week if requested) 

Pre-session for new students: September 18th

Semester starts September 25th

New Students: APPLY HERE

Returning Students: APPLY HERE

Returning students with good attendance and class participation will be automatically enrolled next semester upon filling out this form. Please make sure you indicate which classes, courses, topics and themes you are interested in continuing studying or studying for the first time.

We would like to speak to those with low attendance and participation to check if OLIve Weekend Program is a good fit for your needs and aspirations.

Aside from the courses we offer:

· A stipend each month of 100 euro (dependent on attendance and engagement)

· Childcare during the classes (for students with family or caring commitments)

· Mentoring (university choices and applications, career advice)


All those who have experienced displacement (refugees and asylum seekers or those in similar situations) who are registered in Hungary can apply. Priority will be given to women applicants, and those who identify outside binary gender identities (as they are typically under-represented in programs like ours). For candidates who have been in OLIve Weekend Program before, acceptance depends on their past performance. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants younger than 14 years.