Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

05. September 2022

Invisible University for Ukraine - Fall Semester 2022

The Imre Kertész Kolleg, the Central European University, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University, receive funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to offer online courses to Ukrainian students.

"Ukraine digital - ensuring academic success in times of crisis" - this is the title of a comprehensive DAAD funding programme, which aims to support Ukrainian higher education institutions in maintaining, implementing, and offering their virtual courses. Existing partnerships with Ukrainian universities are being used and new ones established to offer Ukrainian students, those who fled as well as those who are still in the country, the widest possible range of online lectures and seminars.

The partner institutions receive funding from the DAAD to continue to offer a diverse range of courses from the fields of history and sociology. An offer, which more than 100 students from the partner institutions already engaged in in the past summer semester under the title "Invisible University for Ukraine". The international networks of the CEU and the Imre Kertész Kolleg thus benefit students whose previous studies are at risk of becoming temporarily impossible due to war and flight. In four courses on the history of the public sphere, on collective memory, on migration and transnational solidarity, and on the impact of ideologies, taught by lecturers from all over Europe and the USA, students are introduced to current research questions, and supported financially through study scholarships. Already during the war, the foundations can thus be laid for ground-breaking future collaborations.

Call for Applications - Fall Semester 2022

The Invisible University for Ukraine (IUFU) is inviting applications for the 2022 Fall Semester — offering a 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.

Deadline for applications: 12 September 2022, 24.00. Applications should be submitted to

What is the Invisible University for Ukraine - IUFU?
A transnational solidarity program that 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 designed in a hybrid format and is delivered by an international faculty.
Participation is free of charge.
The program is implemented by Central European University (Budapest Campus), in cooperation with Ukrainian (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Ukrainian Catholic University), and EU-based (Imre Kertész Kolleg at the University of Jena) 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 MacArthur Foundation.

What does the 2022 Fall Semester hold?
The Fall Semesters is built around an online core course “Ukraine: Imperial, Soviet, Independent, European” and 6 further online courses in four thematic tracks (History, Culture and Heritage Studies, Society, Politics and Law).

Who is eligible?
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.