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Call for Applications: Invisible University for Ukraine

After the successful 2022 Spring Semester, we are continuing the certificate program (offering ECTS credits) for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whether residing in Ukraine or in refuge, whose studies have been affected by the war.

The Invisible University for Ukraine offers an intensive learning experience on the role of Ukraine in changing European and global contexts, placing questions relevant for Ukrainian students into a transnational comparative perspective.  The program is not meant to replace or duplicate the existing education opportunities in Ukrainian universities, but to support them by filling the lacunae that temporarily emerged due to the Russian invasion.

The program is designed in a hybrid format (online teaching with a possibility of shorter on-site visit to Budapest in the form of a winter and summer schools).


Eligibility: Any student who has been pursuing a BA, MA, or doctoral degree program in a Ukrainian university in the academic year 2021-22, or who starts her/his university studies in 2022. Participation in the program is free of charge.

Applications: Applications should contain a short (up to 1 page) motivation letter and a short CV. They  can be submitted in English or Ukrainian.

Research scholarships are available on a competitive basis for those students who wish to implement a special empirical or theoretical project in addition to their course work in IUFU, drawing on their academic background, previous work, and relevant to the current situation. Those who wish to apply for a research scholarship should also include a concise project proposal (between 400 and 800 words), describing the main lines of the envisioned research project and its desired outcome, including references to the relevant sources and secondary literature on the topic. 

Deadline for applications: 12 September, 2022

Applications should be submitted to


IUFU offers a trans-disciplinary core course that can be taken by students with different backgrounds and six further courses in four thematic tracks (History, Culture and Heritage Studies, Society, Politics and Law). Each course consists of 12 sessions (100 minutes); equal to 4 ECTS credits. Courses will be taught online in late afternoons (Central European Time) once a week per class. Mentoring and Academic English classes are open for those who take at least one thematic course or the core course. 

The duration of the Fall semester classes is September - December 2022. The most motivated and successful participants will have an opportunity to participate in a Winter School on CEU’s Budapest campus in the second half of January.

Course offerings:

i) the core courseUkraine: Imperial, Soviet, Independent, European

and six thematic courses:

ii) History of Public Sphere in Ukraine and East Central Europe (History track)

iii) Memory and the City. Shaping Collective Remembrance and Re-Articulation of Past in Ukraine in European Contexts (Culture/Heritage track)

iv) Ideologies on the Move: Transnational Ideas in Local Intellectual Cultures (Politics/Law track)

v) Migration, Displacement and (Trans)National Solidarities in Ukraine in the Global Contexts (Society track)

vi) Heritage-Based Post-War Urban Reconstruction in Ukraine (Culture/Heritage track)

vii) Ukraine in/and Europe: Frameworks of European Integration (Politics/Law track).

Courses ii) to v) are co-funded by the German DAAD action, “Ukraine digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis,” and implemented in partnership with the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the University of Jena. Course vii) is implemented in cooperation with Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

The project is supported by the Open Society University Network, with co-funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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