What we offer 

Our courses are offered in English (and in German), and explore topics in various academic disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, anthropology, political thought, and academic writing. Classes take place in small discussion groups led by professors and teachers from the Central European University and surrounding institutions in Vienna.  Each year we explore a different theme that speaks to the problems and crises of our time, and indeed of all times.  In 2021 our theme will be ‘Freedom and Society’.  

Our courses are taught in Favoriten (Tenth District) in the evening, from 6-8.30pm, and may involve optional academic excursions and extra-curricular activities at other times, including weekends.  Absolutely no payment is required; the courses are offered entirely for free. All course materials are supplied, and childcare for students with young children is available*.  In 2021 our courses run for 11 weeks from September to November. Teaching will take place in person. If in-person teaching is not possible by the start of the programme, we will move classes online. Students who complete their chosen courses will receive an academic certificate.   

*The availability of childcare will depend on the current Covid regulations at the start of the course. This means that we might not be able to offer childcare due to such regulations. 

Courses in Autumn 2021 

Our courses in 2021 will explore classical and contemporary texts and topics in philosophy, gender studies, politics and literature. Anyone who is interested in these topics and hasn’t had the opportunity to attend university is welcome to apply to our courses. There are no educational requirements for entry, though priority will be given to applicants of low income and/or who have experienced educational disadvantages in the past.