Student Refugee Program

WUSC Welcomes Largest Cohort of Refugee Youth, Including Students from Afghanistan

Hot off the press! Our largest cohort of refugee students to date has arrived in Canada through the Student Refugee Program! Among them are a cohort of Afghan students arriving from Pakistan. For over 40 years, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program has provided life-changing opportunities for refugees to pursue their post-secondary studies at universities, colleges, and…

Decide to dream – the power of community and the Student Refugee Program

*This piece was written by guest blogger, Acha Divine Patandjila, who moved to Canada through the Student Refugee Program in December 2020. This past June she graduated from Humber College and was awarded the prestigious Board of Governors Award for her achievements. In this blog, she shares her inspiring journey with the Student Refugee Program…

Celebrating the Student Refugee Program Class of 2022!

Over the past four years, 533 young refugees were welcomed onto Canadian university, college, and CEGEP campuses through the Student Refugee Program. This year, many of these students are graduating and taking the next steps in their journey toward a better future for themselves and their families.  Join us as we celebrate the achievements of…

WUSC partners with Peace by Chocolate to help create more opportunities for refugees in Canada

Increasing access to quality opportunities for young refugees to learn, work, and lead is core to our vision of a better world for all youth and is a cornerstone of our programming around the world. In Kenya, we improve learning outcomes for girls in refugee and host communities with the support of UK Aid and Global…

Empowering refugee leaders: Five exciting ways that WUSC is promoting refugee leadership

Since 2016, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of refugee representation in policies and decisions that impact the lives of refugees around the world. The increasing participation and engagement of young refugees in decision-making processes is a positive step towards a better refugee response. Refugee leaders and refugee-led organizations (RLOs) around the…

WUSC Celebrates 2021 Fall Arrivals

Every year in August and September, members from the WUSC community across the country prepare to welcome a new cohort of refugee youth to Canada. Through our various sponsorship programs, these youth are given the opportunity to continue their studies at Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs, and now expanded to Canadian workplaces.  In total, WUSC…

How Jacob Pursued his Dreams Through the WUSC Student Refugee Program

Jacob has always been passionate about his studies. While growing up in a refugee camp in Uganda, he devoted a lot of time to studying to achieve his dream: to win a scholarship to study aerospace engineering at a university. He did well on the final exams to get his high school diploma, with an…
Press Release Support Afghan Refugees

Press Release: Three Refugee Olympic athletes bound for Canada to pursue their postsecondary education after Tokyo Games

Three athletes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team, Rose Nathike Likonyen, Paulo Amotun Lokoro and James Nyang Chiengjiek have been offered admission to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario for the 2021-2022 academic year through a new complementary pathway of WUSC’s long-standing Student Refugee Program.
SRP Graduation

The Student Refugee Program celebrates the class of 2021

Unusual, challenging, and isolating are all words that can be used to describe the 2020-2021 academic school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the lives of people around the world, particularly students. Universities, colleges, and CEGEPs across Canada and around the world have shifted to online learning. Resilience is another word that comes to…
Students at Memorial University of Newfoundland celebrating a successful referendum to implement a student levy of $2.00 to support the Student Refugee Program.

Students in Canada vote “Yes!” to refugee resettlement

How successful referendums across Canadian campuses are creating opportunities for young refugees to access post-secondary education

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