TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE
University support for refugees students
INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
University of Siena
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education
- Newly arrived refugees
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The purpose of the initiatives adopted by the University of Siena is to encourage and guarantee the possibility of studying at university level for refugees.
The initiative adopted by the University of Siena is to waive the tuition fees that a refugee student should pay for enrollment. In this way, the refugee has a greater chance of being able to devote himself to study and improve his personal and social condition. The initiative concerns not only the first year tuition fees for enrollment, but the whole duration of studies in the university. The refugee student has to pay only the national and regional fees (the University cannot cancel those fees, not depending not on local initiatives).
RESULTS AND IMPACT
By the time the initiative was adopted, we have had about fifteen refugees enrolled. Then some of them dropped out and some others slowly are continuing their school careers.