The Student Refugee Program (SRP) began in 1978, and as part of the World University Services of Canada (WUSC), brings students currently living in conflict areas to live and continue their education in Canada. Education can be difficult or impossible for individuals living in a refugee camp to continue, due to limited resources. These individuals have often had to flee their country because of war, a natural disaster, or political repression, and may struggle with having their basic needs met.
The staff and faculty at Alexander College, in combination with the Alexander College Student Association (ACSA) have partnered with WUSC to sponsor a refugee student fully for an entire year, ensuring that core necessities are completely covered (such as housing expenses, healthcare, utilities, food, and more). In the student’s second year, Alexander College will continue to support the student by covering their tuition, books, and other education expenses. The ultimate aim of the SRP is to enable each refugee student to become a successful member of Canadian society.
85% of students sponsored through WUSC’s SRP are able to find work in their field of study. This program has given hope to those still living in refugee camps.
Source: “Fostering Tomorrow’s Global Leaders: An Evaluation of the WUSC Student Refugee Program” (2007).
What Alexander College is doing:
- In February 2017, Alexander College implemented a $5 fee per term for all registered students to support a sponsored student. 100% of this fee will go towards supporting the student’s transitional and living expenses in their first year. Learn more about how the $5 fee will support the student here.
- Alexander College will be consistently encouraging students to get involved in supporting our refugee student. If you are an Alexander College student who would like to help, contact ACSA to find out the many ways you can get involved.
- Alexander College will also be holding a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to support our refugee student! Stay tuned for more updates by visiting our School News page.