Potential Sponsored Students

The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is a unique program that combines resettlement to Canada with access to post-secondary education for young refugees. 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 - students are sponsored  for one year and receive basic financial and social support.

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 small sum of money to buy basic necessities. Sponsored students do not receive cash to study.

How to apply

WUSC accepts applications from eligible applicants in the following countries of asylum: Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.

If you wish to apply to the SRP, you must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • Be a refugee and have been living in the country of asylum for a minimum of 3 years;
  • Have completed secondary school and have official and original transcripts of educational documents;
  • Be between 18-25 years old at the time of arrival in Canada (Between 17-24 when applying);
  • Be competent in English or French (oral and written);
  • Be single with no dependents/children;
  • Be self-reliant, mature and suitable for resettlement to Canada; and
  • Be currently facing barriers to studying at a post-secondary institution in the country of asylum (i.e. university or college)
  • Please note: There are specific eligibility requirements for each country of asylum that will be posted in each year’s Call for Applications.

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 host country government or UNHCR.
  • Approximately 130 candidates are accepted by WUSC each year globally. The number of SRP students by country of asylum will vary each year. There are no set targets of SRP students by country of origin.
  • The sponsorship process can take up to two years or more. Final decisions are made by Canadian immigration officials before SRP students are cleared for travel to Canada.
  • Applications are not accepted at WUSC headquarters in Ottawa. Your application must be processed through one of our field offices or partner organizations, listed below.
  • The application requirements will be listed in the Call for Application, available from our field office or partner organization. In general, you will be asked to:
    • Complete the SRP application form
    • Include an up-to-date contact information i.e. an e-mail and a phone number (either your own or that of someone who can take a message for you.)
    • Include a copy of your secondary school diploma and all important academic records, including any previous English or French language test results if available

Where to apply

Please submit your application to the organization below that corresponds to your country of asylum. Note that we only accept applications in the offices indicated below and only during the recruitment period which is open for 2-3 weeks each year. The month of application will vary by country. For any general questions about the SRP globally you can contact us at [email protected].

Jordan & Lebanon

WUSC Jordan is responsible for SRP selection in Jordan and Lebanon. The SRP is open to refugees living in urban/semi-urban situations or in refugee camps. The call for applications for the 2021-22 cycle will be open in January 2020. Shortlisting, language testing and interviews will be taking place between February-April 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For any further questions, please contact WUSC Jordan at [email protected].

WUSC Jordan
P.O BOX 940764
Amman 11194
Jordan

The next call for applications for the 2022-23 cycle is expected to be released in January 2021.

Kenya

WUSC’s partner in Kenya is Windle International Kenya . The SRP is open to refugees living in urban areas or in Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee camps. The call for applications for the 2021-22 cycle will be open in January 2020. Shortlisting, language testing and interviews will be taking place between February-March 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For any further questions, please contact the office for Windle International Kenya in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Dadaab Refugee Camp or in Nairobi. For any further questions, please contact Windle International Kenya at +254 721 551 451 or [email protected] or at the mailing address below:

WUSC Student Refugee Program
c/o Windle International Kenya
No.10 Amboseli Rd. Off Gitanga Rd.
Box 40521 – 00100, Nairobi GPO
NairobiKenya

The next call for applications for the 2022-23 cycle is expected to be released in early 2021.

Malawi

WUSC Malawi is responsible for SRP selection in Malawi. The SRP is open to refugees living in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. The call for applications for the 2021-22 cycle is closed. Shortlisting, language testing and interviews will be taking place between January and March 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For any further questions, please contact WUSC Malawi at +265 1 771 561 or ([email protected]) or at the mailing address below:

WUSC Student Refugee Program
c/o WUSC-Malawi
P.O. Box 30268
LilongweMalawi

The call for applications for the 2022-23 cycle is expected to be released in late 2020.

Tanzania

WUSC’s partner in Tanzania is the International Rescue Committee . The SRP is open to refugees living in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. The call for applications for the 2020-21 cycle is closed. For any further questions, please contact the IRC office at the mailing address below, or by emailing [email protected]:

International Rescue Committee
P.O BOX 259 KasuluKigoma
Tanzania

Uganda

WUSC’s partner in Uganda is Windle International Uganda . The SRP is open to refugees living in any of the refugee settlements in Uganda, including Kampala. The call for applications for the 2021-22 cycle will be launched in early 2020. The call for applications and application form will be available from the WIU office in each refugee settlement. Shortlisting, language testing and interviews will be taking place between January and April 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For any further questions, please contact the WIU office at [email protected] or at the mailing address below:

Windle International Uganda
Plot 726 Mawanda Road, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 24230
KampalaUganda

The next call for applications for the 2022-23 cycle is expected to be released in early 2021.