Who Will Be Implementing The University Sponsorship Program For Refugee Students?

Roles, Requirements, and Responsibilities A key feature of the proposed model for university sponsorship of refugee students is that an Implementing Organization (I.O.) would act as a bridge connecting refugee students overseas, higher education institutions (HEIs) in the U.S., and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The I.O. would link the various actors and ensure […]

Timeline for Refugee Students: From Application to Arrival on Campus

Process Overview The process for refugee student entry under a new “P4 category” would involve coordination between the implementing organization (I.O.), overseas partner organizations, the U.S. government and higher education institutions. From application to arrival on campus, the process would take about 22 months. This chart outlines the process for refugee students. The chart is part of […]

Guiding Principles for University Sponsorship of Refugee Students

Guiding Principles for University Sponsorship of Refugee Students The Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students developed the following guiding principles to inform and ground the design and implementation of any college or university sponsorship program for refugee students. 1. Student-Centered. University sponsorship should be student-centered and focus on refugee learners’ inherent strengths, placing students’ prior […]

FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

The purpose of this document, FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students, is to provide campuses and their legal counsel with information on developing nonemployment-based, funded experiential opportunities for undocumented students. This document sets forth legal considerations pertinent to experiential and funding opportunities that institutions may consider providing to undocumented students.  The following […]

Student Voices for Refugees – Toolkit

The Student Voices for Refugees Toolkit is a comprehensive toolkit that provides resources for and about students from a refugee background. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are nearly 82.4  million displaced people around the world. This toolkit aims to help members of the U.S. higher education community to expand […]

One Refugee: Supporting Students From Refugee Backgrounds

Students from a refugee background resettled in the U.S. face a number of challenges in accessing higher education. This effective practice provides an overview of One Refugee (1R), a nonprofit organization based in Utah, that has made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of college students from a refugee background. 1R provides students […]

Guides for Undocumented High School and College Students

Informed Immigrant launched a new Guide for Undocumented High School and College Students. This guide has resources and information for undocumented high school and college students, both with and without DACA. The goal of this guide is to equip undocumented youth and educators with resources and knowledge to help students make informed decisions about their […]

Promising Practices: Highline College (The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center)

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center at Highline College (PSWBC) in Highline College is a program that aids educated professionals recertify to work in the United States. Individuals educated internationally receive help on the pathway to return to their chosen career in Washington State. PSWBC started in 2008, initially serving healthcare professionals, but in 2014 expanded […]

Promising Practices: South Texas College (Integrated Career Pathways)

The South Texas College’s Integrated Career Pathways (ICP) program is designed to allow certain immigrant students without a high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE) certificate to transition from contextualized English as a second language (ESL) into credit-bearing postsecondary occupational programs while acquiring an HSE certificate and basic literacy skills. The ICP program offers […]

Promising Practices: Portland Community College (IET Career Pathways)

Integrated Education and Training (IET) Career Pathways are specifically designed to meet the needs of non-native English speakers, including immigrants, who may have a breadth of education and experience in their native country but need to develop their English communication skills, earn industry-relevant credentials, and/or apply their skills and knowledge within the context of the […]