Welcoming Newcomers Project: Supporting Students Affected by Conflict

The President’s Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons provides financial support to students attending the University of Alberta. The 2018/19 school year will see the third group of students arriving from conflict-affected countries. 

Read about one of our previous students and the volunteers who supported him.

Call for Volunteers

The President’s Award is providing financial support to five new students for the upcoming academic year. These male and female students are coming to us through WUSC directly from asylum countries, such as Syria, Somalia, and the DRC. We want to ensure these students feel welcome and have our support as they settle into life on campus and our city.

Show your support for newcomer students

We recruit volunteers each spring -- students, staff, faculty, alum or community members. We build small teams of diverse volunteers to support each student. 

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Welcome students at the airport, 
  • Help students settle into campus and community life
  • Provide social support

Volunteers must commit their time for one year with the expectation of being in touch with a student a minimum of two times a month. Volunteers are also expected to attend a student dinner or an activity two times per term.

Volunteers must be available to attend two training sessions at 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday, June 18, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018

Submit an application if you are interested to volunteer for the upcoming school year. 

Apply now!