The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is the program that defines and sets WUSC apart from other NGOs in Canada and the world.
Whether through war or political repression, young men and women are often forced to flee their home country, only to face the harsh conditions of life in a refugee camp. Opportunities for higher education are virtually non-existent, leaving many bright and talented students unable to achieve their academic goals.
Through a unique youth-to-youth sponsorship, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program helps student refugees achieve their educational goals by:
- building the capacity of young Canadians to sponsor refugee students to their university and/or college;
- providing student refugees with an opportunity to pursue their education at a Canadian university and/or college, as permanent residents;
- supporting sponsored students to adapt and succeed in their new environment in Canada.
From countries of origin as diverse as Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Burma and Afghanistan, most have successfully completed their studies and are now active Canadian Citizens making valuable contributions to their communities. Others have returned to their home countries and are contributing as nation builders or active community members.
About the SRP at the University of Guelph:
- The Guelph Local Committee has a strong relationship with the University of Guelph administration, and much of the cost of tuition and housing is generously covered by the school to support our sponsored students.
- $1.92 of every undergraduate student’s tuition is given to our Local Committee as a club levy in order for us to provide additional support for our students
- We have a wonderful network of specific support agents (who are also undergraduate students) for our sponsored students, who help them adjust to life in Canada and provide social support during their stay here in Guelph over the time of their post-secondary education
- We are always looking for more people to get involved with our SRP support network, so if this is something that interests you please let us know!