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This nonprofit connects Syrian refugees to American students for language lessons via Skype

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In 2013, while studying at Carleton College in Minnesota, Bailey Ulbricht spent two months on the Turkish/Syrian border. There she met Syrian refugees who wanted to return to school but couldn’t — Turkish universities required English language skills that many lacked. Ulbricht figured she could help, at least in the case of a few friends. Read more.

Barnard Responds to Syrian Crisis Through Creation of the Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women

Originally published by Barnard College and reprinted with permission.

“Like millions of people,” says Ann Tisch, “we witness the horror of what’s going on in Syria and other nations around the globe. By sponsoring and funding this scholarship, we can make a contribution. We hope that the Barnard scholarship will become a copycat initiative, with other colleges inspired to follow this example.” Read more.

American schools offer scholarships for Syrian students displaced by war

Originally published by The Washington Post and reprinted with permission.

Sinan Zeino had almost completed college when war got in the way. In 2013, Zeino was just six credits short of graduating from Al-Baath University in Syria. Then, one day on his commute to school, the bus in front of the one he was riding in drove over a land mine and exploded. Read more.

Student Senate hears presentation, considers ‘saving a seat’ for Syrian refugees

Originally published by The Flat Hat and reprinted with permission.

During Tuesday night’s Student Assembly (SA) senate meeting, Class of 2020 President Kelsey Vita introduced a bill that would codify SA support of the College of William and Mary becoming a member of the Institute for International Education and the Syria Consortium. Read more

We are in danger of losing an entire generation of Syrian students

Originally published by Times Higher Education and reprinted with permission.

Not since the Second World War has the world faced a greater refugee crisis. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of refugees exceeds 65 million worldwide, and almost 5 million of those refugees are from Syria. Read more

Student petitions UW-Madison to aid Syrian refugees with accessing higher education

Originally published by The Daily Cardinal and reprinted with permission.

Host countries often offer Syrian refugees an elementary education, but refugees that seek higher education in their new states frequently face logistical and financial barriers. One UW-Madison student has started a movement to urge the university to aid her Syrian counterparts. Read more