Sep 24

Open Learning Initiative University Preparatory Program (OLIve-UP)


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:


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?


What is covered in this program

  1. Application fees
  2. Tuition
  3. Books
  4. Language training
  5. Preparation courses
  6. Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
  7. Housing
  8. Health insurance
  9. Mentoring or psycho-social support
  10. Travel costs to the third country
  11. Visa
  12. 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.

For further questions contact the scholarship

  • provider: olive@ceu.edue