Our Programmes

Open Learning Initiative

OLIve aims:
1. on supporting the students in their social and economic integration into Austrian and possibly other European societies
2. to create a communicative space for refugees and asylum seekers in the academic environment.
3. to contribute to challenging knowledge limits.
4. on opening the University of Vienna to students with non-traditional backgrounds.

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OLIve Women is a new tailor-made program for women who have refugee or asylum seeker status. The program is free and offers a dedicated series of seminars for women interested in exploring opportunities to start or continue higher education, improve their academic skills for higher education, or develop their own professional approach. The seminar series offers lectures by academics, researchers, university professors and experts from various fields. Our program offers participants the opportunity to take part in current discussions and practical activities, to reflect and to exchange ideas. We believe that in this way the participants are better equipped to achieve academic and professional goals in their new country and to set them for the future. For this purpose, the participants are taught topics such as the legal environment in Austria and the European Union, women's rights, including the rights of women with a refugee and asylum background, speeches and presentations in public, job interviews, curriculum vitae and other topics. The seminars and activities are offered as part of the main program of the new OLIve program, which started on September 1, 2020. In addition to the tailor-made seminars, especially academic language courses, participants in Olive Women can join OLIve's core program in German and English as well as in academic lectures and in laboratories such as advocacy and photography.

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OLIve Youth is a new tailor-made program for participants between 16 and 18 years of age who have refugee or asylum status. The program is free and offers a special series of courses for 16-18 year old participants interested in activities aimed at future access to higher education, local integration through education and setting standards for building their own futures. The program aims to prepare young OLIve participants for the Austrian academic system by, for example, teaching communication and leadership skills to young people. Participants are given the opportunity to develop academically. The seminar series offers lectures by academics, researchers, university professors and experts from various fields. It offers participants the opportunity to participate in current discussions and practical activities, to reflect and to exchange ideas. In this way, we believe that the participants are better equipped to achieve academic and professional goals for now and in the future that are achievable in their host country. For this purpose, the participants receive lectures on, for example, the legal environment in Austria and the European Union, youth rights, including youth rights with a refugee and asylum background, public speaking, job interviews, CV clinics and many other interesting areas. The seminars and activities are offered as part of the main program of the OLIve program, the started on September 1, 2020. Olive Youth participants can also take part in the tailor-made seminars, in particular academic language courses, in the OLIve core program in German and English as well as in academic lectures and in laboratories such as advocacy and photography.

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Courses We Offer

OLIve is a bilingual programme in German and English and offers:


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