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The Invisible University for Ukraine (IUFU) is inviting applications for the 2023 Spring 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.
What is the Invisible University for Ukraine – IUFU?
IUFU is 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’s goal is to prepare students for deeper integration into international academia. 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 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).
What Does the 2023 Spring Semester Hold?
The Spring Semester is built around an online core course Rethinking Ukrainian Studies in a Global Context and 6 further online courses:
- Public History
- Re-interpreting European Security in the aftermath of Russia’s war in Ukraine
- Rule of Law and Human Rights: Old Challenges and New Opportunities in Times of War and Uncertainty
- Social Entrepreneurship: Emergence, Models, and Impact
- War and Media
- (Post)conflict Transformations in the Western Balkans: Drawing Insights for Ukraine?
In addition, the program offers a Graduate Masterclass on Entering Global Academia.
Research scholarships (up to 800 Euro per semester) 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 and/or related to the themes of the courses.
Why Is the University Called “Invisible”?
The name of the transnational solidarity program evokes the various nineteenth and twentieth-century underground and exile educational initiatives (such as the “flying universities”) in Eastern Europe, as well as the tradition of Invisible Colleges formed after 1989 in the region.