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Call for Applications: Invisible University for Ukraine, Spring 2023

After the successful 2022 Spring and Fall Semesters, 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).


The core course:

  • Rethinking Ukrainian Studies in a Global Context (Ostap Sereda, Vladimir Petrović, Balázs Trencsényi), supported by DAAD, implemented in cooperation with the University of Jena

And six thematic courses:

  • Public History (Viktoriya Sereda and Bohdan Shumylovych) supported by DAAD, implemented in cooperation with the University of Jena
  • Re-interpreting European Security in the aftermath of Russia’s war in Ukraine (Thomas Fetzer, Xymena Kurowska, Maksym Yakovlyev, Kateryna Zarembo)
  • Rule of Law and Human Rights: Old Challenges and New Opportunities in Times of War and Uncertainty (Nazarii Stetsyk and Dmytro Vovk, supported by the IIE Centennial Fellowship; the class is open only for students with legal education)
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Emergence, Models, and Impact (Volodymyr Kulikov, Tetiana Vodotyka, and Dóra Mérai)
  • War and Media (Taras Fedirko and Oksana Sarkisova)
  • (Post)conflict Transformations in the Western Balkans: Drawing Insights for Ukraine? (Vladimir Petrović)

In addition, we offer a Graduate Masterclass on Entering Global Academia (Alexandra Vacroux, Davis Center at Harvard University).

Brief descriptions are available here.


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 started 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. Please find all the details here.

Deadline: February 5, 12pm

The program is implemented by Central European University (Budapest Campus), in cooperation with Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena, as well as other Ukrainian (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Ukrainian Catholic University) and global university partners. The program is supported by the Open Society University Network, with co-funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), as well as the Porticus Foundation and Institute of International Education (US).