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World University Services of Canada

WUSC's Student Refugee Program

Students gathering for a meeting.

World University Services of Canada (WUSC) is a non-profit organization and sponsorship agreement holder with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This agreement allows WUSC and its associated groups (i.e. WUSC UWinnipeg Local Committee) to sponsor refugees to Canada. WUSC Local Committees are groups of students and staff at universities and colleges across Canada that participate in WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP).

The Student Refugee Program is the only program in the world that provides young refugees with resettlement and an opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe and supportive environment. Crucial to the program’s success is its unique youth-to-youth sponsorship model which empowers young Canadian students to play an active role in the sponsorship of refugee students for a minimum of 12 months. At UWinnipeg, the local committee sponsors two refugee students each year, with the goal to increase the sponsorship to three in the coming years.

group photo of the WUSC committeeThe Local Committee raises funds through student levies and awareness for the program on campus and in the general community. Local committees play a critical role in offering day-to-day social, financial literacy, and academic support to SRP students. The WUSC Local Committee at the University of Winnipeg has resettled more than 60 refugee students to Canada since 1981.

For more information about the program please visit SRP of WUSC .

For activities and to join the WUSC local committee at UWinnipeg, please visit their social media pages: Instagram and Facebook.