Globally, just 1% of refugees get to university.
Attending university is often listed as a primary aim of displaced students. It contributes to rebuilding the lives of individual refugees, is a tool of reconstruction in countries of origin and can enable refugees to contribute more to their host communities.
However, young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking face a range of barriers when trying to progress to university, from varying eligibility for student finance and ‘home’ fee status to challenges validating previous qualifications. This means that those with the academic potential to go to university, are often unable to move forward. Read our report, "I Just Want To Study", to understand the issues further.
How RSN can help
- Free helpline: call us to discuss your questions about getting to university in the UK
- ‘Thinking Ahead to Higher Education’ toolkit: packed with useful information about how to apply for university, eligibility for support, alternative funding sources and scholarships, and different education options
- Training for practitioners
- We also work in partnership with the Schwab Westheimer Trust which provides university scholarships for young asylum seekers
“I came to this country when I was 13, but there were complications with my case, and I had to wait seven years to get a decision from the Home Office. Getting to university was a big challenge for me because they wanted to charge me international student fees. How would you feel if you had to sit at home and wait while your friends go to uni and get jobs? It’s really important to have people who can help you with this.” (21 year old girl from Somalia)