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: Nádor utca 9-15 (Budapest 1051).


The application form is here

Application deadline: September 5th 2022

Interviews: September 10th and 11th
Start of program: September 17th
Questions? e-mail –

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. 

Saturday Schedule

Classes will run every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. from September 17th 2022 until June 3rd 2023 (except during state holidays). Students are required to take three classes during the first 3 sessions (9:30-3) with the choice of also joining the final open session.

9:30-11English for Academic and Professional PurposesEnglish as a Foreign Language (set 2)English as a Foreign Language (set 3)English as a Foreign Language (set 4)
11:15-12:45Art and AnimationSmall group / individual tutoring for school students and university applicantsBusiness Management (some shared classes with Career Development)Career Development (some shared classes with Business Managment)
1:30 -3:00Understanding Our City – Urban Theory & Research (with Filmmaking) on Népszínház utcaDigital Literacy and Digital Presentation SkillsSecret Histories of BudapestCommunity Theater
3:15-Communicate! Conversation and Community

Additional courses (subject to demand)

University application
Hungarian as a foreign language
Advanced computer courses

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)

OLIve Goals


We aim to:

widen access to university education

expand the conversation on inclusion/integration of displaced people

foster a space of critical engagement and solidarity with migrants in a hostile atmosphere

provide resources and learning opportunities for displaced people to do the same 

develop the university’s public role as an actor for social justice


We support students in:

developing their critical thinking

furthering skills and practical knowledge needed for (better) employment

building confidence, organising and communication skills so students can be active citizens who set their own terms of inclusion and advocate for their and other’s rights

advancing their educational prospects to full time university and college programs and giving concrete support with the practical steps need to apply to these programs

succeeding in currently enrolled school or other education/training programs

exploring creative and artistic ways to understand and intervene in society  

allowing inquisitiveness and curiosity to flourish in a university setting through being exposed to new disciplines, theories and ideas

Who is eligible?

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.

OLIve University Preparatory program (OLIve UP)

Please note that we wish to hold a full time university preparatory program next academic year. We are still awaiting news on if we were able to secure funding for this.