The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is a small resettlement program that provides opportunities for refugees where it operates to continue their post-secondary studies in Canada. It is managed by World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a leading non-profit Canadian international development agency. Note that the SRP is NOT a scholarship program.
The SRP is supported by WUSC Local Committees (made up of university, college, and CEGEP students, staff, and faculty) on campuses across Canada. Through its agreements with the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec (a Canadian province), WUSC enables students sponsored through the program to enter Canada as permanent residents.
Volunteer members of the WUSC committees arrange financial and social support for each sponsored student during their first year of study in Canada. Financial assistance is provided “in kind” – such as reduced or free tuition and accommodation fees – plus a very small sum of money to buy basic necessities. Sponsored students do not receive cash to study.
How to apply
WUSC accepts applications only from the following countries of asylum: Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, and Tanzania.
If you are a mandated refugee living in one of these countries and wish to apply to the SRP, you must:
- be between the ages of 17 and 25;
- have completed secondary school. Preference is given to refugee students who meet the “O” level requirements (having a diploma is an additional advantage);
- be a recognized refugee in your country of asylum (ex. a UNHCR convention refugee) or provide evidence of residency in Lebanon (e.g. statement from Lebanese authorities, national ID card, residency documentation, sponsor documents);
- express the need to be resettled;
- be proficient in English or French;
- be single, without dependents, and able to resettle in Canada;
- be self-reliant and mature.
If you meet the above criteria, please read the following before beginning the application process:
- You must live in the country of asylum from which you are sending your application and be recognized as a refugee by the authorities who are mandated to give this status, i.e. the national government or UNHCR.
- Only approximately 100 candidates are accepted by WUSC each year and the sponsorship process can take up to two years or more.
- Do not apply directly to WUSC. Your application must be processed through one of our partner organizations, listed below.
- To apply, write a cover letter that:
- describes yourself
- includes up-to-date contact information i.e. an e-mail (if you have one) and a phone number (either your own or that of someone who can take a message for you.)
- indicates how you meet the basic criteria of the SRP
- Include a photocopy of all important academic records, including previous TOEFL or IELTS score results if applicable, and if you wish to apply in English. (You do not need TOEFL or IELTS scores to apply).
- If you wish to apply in French, and if applicable, please include the results of you français langue étrangère (DELF/DALF) test. (You do not need DELF/DALF scores to apply).
Where to apply
Send your application to the address below that corresponds to your country of asylum. Note that we only accept applications in the offices indicated below and during the recruitment period. If you submit your documents before then, they will not be accepted as official submissions. For any questions you can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application period for the 2019-20 intake of students living in Jordan has closed, as of May 5, 2018. Recruitment for the Student Refugee Program is done on an annual cycle, although the exact dates change every year. Please visit our website in early 2019 for updates on the application process for the 2020-21 students.
WUSC Student Refugee Program
c/o Windle Trust Kenya
No.10 Amboseli Rd. Off Gitanga Rd.
Box 40521 – 00100, Nairobi GPO
For the specific time to submit your application, check with respected WTK offices in Dadaab, Kakuma, and Nairobi.
The application period for the 2019-20 intake of students living in Lebanon has closed, as of May 5, 2018. Recruitment for the Student Refugee Program is done on an annual cycle, although the exact dates change every year. Please visit our website in early 2019 for updates on the application process for the 2020-21 students.
WUSC Student Refugee Program
P.O. Box 30268
T: +265 1 771 561
For the specific time to submit your application, check with WUSC Malawi office in Lilongwe.
Check back soon for more information about the application process in Tanzania.
For students seeking to join (or start) a WUSC Local Committee on their campus, please visit: wusc.ca/get-involved#local-committees