Student Refugee Program

Building Educational Pathways for Refugees: Mapping a Canadian peer-to-peer support model

World University Service of Canada has been mobilizing the Canadian post-secondary community to offer educational pathways for refugees for several decades through the Student Refugee Program (SRP). The SRP provides a one-of-a-kind partnership opportunity for universities, colleges, and CEGEPs to directly respond to the increasing need for durable solutions and higher education opportunities for refugees.…

Ride for Refuge 2017: Thank you for walking, riding, and supporting the SRP!

  On September 30th, over 6,000 individuals across the country gathered to participate in Ride for Refuge. This year, we were proud to walk and bike alongside 102 fellow members of the WUSC network. Together, we raised funds and awareness in support of the Student Refugee Program (SRP). So far this year, our network has…

Welcome! Bienvenue!

Students from around the world arrive in Canada Every year in August and September, members from the WUSC community gather at airports across the country to welcome a new cohort of students from around the world to Canada. Through our various sponsorship and scholarship programs, these youth are given the opportunity to continue their studies…

5 stories of belonging from former refugees in Canada

Imagine having to rebuild your life in a new country. You are not a native speaker of the official languages. The food tastes different and your favourite ingredients are hard to find. The customs are unfamiliar and you feel uncertain in social settings. What would it take for you to begin to feel at home…

What you can do to provide more scholarships to refugee students

Since 1978, WUSC has supported over 1,700 refugee youth to resettle in Canada and continue their post-secondary education. Though they have lived many shared experiences as refugees, every one of these students has their own unique story. On Friday, the Washington Post shared Ayan Abdi’s story. Ayan is one of the students to be accepted…

Ride for Refuge 2017: Will you ride with us?

For the sixth time in a row, WUSC is pleased to be participating in the annual Ride for Refuge event – a fundraiser supporting charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people everywhere. Ride, walk, and fundraise in support of the Student Refugee Program! WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) is the…

Advice from Youth on How to Achieve Education for All

By: Fatuma Omar Ismail, SRP alumnus Canadians understand the transformative role of education in a young person’s life. That’s why Canada has been a donor to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – the only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries – since 2007. Canada recently hosted the Board of Directors of…

5 Things That Make Our Student Refugee Program Unique

1) We combine refugee resettlement with opportunities for higher education. While most other initiatives around the world offer refugee youth temporary solutions through special student visas, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) is the only one of its kind to combine post-secondary education with resettlement. We offer refugee youth the opportunity to build a better future…

The Canadian Post-Secondary Education Community’s Response to the Refugee Crisis

On June 7, 2016, WUSC (World University Service of Canada) convened a roundtable to discuss the role of the Canadian post-secondary education community in providing support to refugees. Participants included university, college, and CEGEP presidents, professors, and students; representatives from UNHCR Canada, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and Global Affairs Canada; Canadian non-profit organizations;…

Back to School

The first week of September marks the moment when many students make their way back to school. Through several of our programs, we provide this same opportunity for students from the Global South to continue their education in Canada. This year, we welcomed over 200 bright, young students from countries around the world to post-secondary…

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