Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

03. August 2023

CfA: Fall Semester of the Invisible University for Ukraine

Launched in Spring 2022, Invisible University for Ukraine (IUFU) is a certificate program (offering ECTS credits) initiated by Central European University 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.

Application deadline: 08 September 2023 midnight, 12 pm (CET)
Admitted participants will be notified by 18 September the latest.


The program 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. Our goal is to prepare students for deeper integration into international academia. 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. By strengthening the ties of Ukrainian educational institutions, as well as scholars and students, to transnational networks, we hope to counter the destructive effects of brain drain through creating access to educational infrastructure and academic knowledge for students irrespective of their current location. We also hope to create a community of Ukrainian students and academics who can contribute to the resilience of Ukrainian society during the war and will be able to have an impact on the civic and academic structures of the society after the war.

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), XTX Markets (UK), as well as the Porticus Foundation (Netherlands).

The program is designed in a hybrid format (online teaching, complemented by an on-site Winter School in Budapest in January 2024). It is comprised of three components:

  • thematic courses (in the humanities and social sciences)
  • mentoring to develop and complete ongoing research projects
  • skill-building (academic English, academic writing).

Structure of the program: IUFU offers in the Fall Semester of 2023/2024 academic year online interdisciplinary courses in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences that can be taken by students with different backgrounds. Each course consists of 12 sessions (100 minutes); equal to 4 ECTS credits. Students are expected to take at least one course and not more than three. Besides thematic courses, several trans-disciplinary intensive online seminars lasting for one-two days will be offered to all students of the program. Courses will be taught online in late afternoons once a week per class. Classes will be recorded and available to watch online for registered students if their circumstances prevent them from attending the online sessions.

Please find the full CfA with more information on how to apply and which courses will be offered below.