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“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus”: An academic scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

The American College of Greece

COUNTRY

Greece

CITY

Athens

Address

The American College of Greece, Gravias Street 6, GR-153 42 Aghia Paraskevi

TYPOLOGY

- Financial support for refugee students
- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Students

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus”: An academic scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

The U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with Deree – The American College of Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, and Perrotis College – American Farm School, announced the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” that provided higher education scholarships to 100 eligible refugees in Athens, and 100 in Thessaloniki.

The goal of the program was:
- to give opportunities to displaced students to continue their education;
- to provide them with knowledge, skills and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future;
- to help them get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.

The “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program offered two courses per student for two semesters (Fall 2017-18 and Spring 2017-18) in the three U.S. affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki. The courses included preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the educational background of participants, as well as vocational training.

At Deree, 100 students had the opportunity to select from an array of courses, such as:
-English for Academic Purposes
-Fundamentals of Academic English
-Introduction to Academic Writing
-Mathematics for Liberal Arts
-Survey of Western Civilization

RESULTS AND IMPACT

The program offered opportunities to displaced students to continue their education. They received knowledge, skills and academic credits that they can use either in Greece or in any other European country. It also provided them with the necessry motives to get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges, offering young refugees hope for the future.

The program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” provided higher education scholarships to 100 eligible refugees in Athens, and 100 in Thessaloniki.