Courses and Activities

CEU-FOCUS Courses and activities help you to improve your German and English professional and academic language skills. They will also help you learn new study skills, such as critical thinking, effective arguing, and seeing through misinformation. These activities offer the space and opportunity to discuss urgent questions of democracy and explore pressing matters of migration and citizenship. You can also take on various subjects ranging from using data for social analysis to placing Vienna in perspective. 

Just as importantly, they help you explore different disciplines/subjects as you learn more about different study opportunities in Austria, Europe, and beyond.

The activities take place at CEU's campus in Vienna, as well as online.

The following activities are offered for the Fall term, 2024, starting in November.

Click on the course names to find out more.

Vienna in Perspective

Austria’s capital from different perspectives (6 weeks, in-person)

Vienna in Perspective (VIP) is an interdisciplinary perspective on Vienna, CEU’s new home and a vibrant multicultural city with layers of history. Participants of this course will learn not only about different aspectd of the city’s past but also engage with its present through texts, films, interviews and digital materials. We would like to offer an interdisicplinary approach that will involve experiential pedagogies and participatory learning methods.

Truth and doubt in the age of social media

Critical thinking in an era of misinformation (6 weeks, online)

We are all living through an age of information overload and the dangers of misinformation and fake news have impacted all spheres of public life. Through a series of discussions based on texts- audio, video and verbal content- we aim to equip you with skills and tools for using critical thinking tools in processing information in everyday life especially through different media platforms and networks.

English for academic and professional purposes

Consolidation of B2 (6 weeks, online)

Classes and interactive activities aimed at improving your English reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills in order to undertake university studies or begin a profession.

English for work and life

B1 (6 weeks, in-person)

Classes and interactive activities aimed at improving your English reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills.

German for academic and professional purposes

Consolidation of B2 (6 weeks, online)

Classes and interactive activities aimed at improving your reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills in German order to undertake university studies or begin a profession.

Yearlong workshops and support

Participants taking at least one course above can also enroll in any of the following options

Information and support for university admissions and successful study in Austria, Europe, and North America.

Ongoing, October - June.

  • Biweekly workshop series
  • Online resources
  • Individual feedback on application materials