Our vision is a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world for youth

We are working to create a world where all young people can grow up in safe, secure and supportive environments; where they can learn, work and play a vital role in their country’s development.

Supporting Young Leaders in Canada

WUSC's campus-based Local Committees are comprised of students, faculty members, and staff from Canadian universities, colleges, and cegeps across the country. They join us in the belief of the power of education to change the world. Together, we promote a greater global understanding and encourage greater international cooperation among our peers on campus and in our communities. 

Active on more than 80 university, college and cegep campuses, WUSC's student-run Local Committees make up the largest network of student groups of its kind in Canada. Many of our Local Committees also play an integral role in supporting our unique Student Refugee Program.

Refugee Youth Finding Hope in Higher Education

The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is the only one of its kind to combine resettlement with opportunities for higher education. The program supports over 160 refugee students per year through active partnerships with over 75 Canadian campuses. We have empowered over 1,600 young refugees from 37 countries of origin to continue their education in safe and supportive environments in Canada since the program began. 

Crucial to the program’s success is our unique youth-to-youth sponsorship model which empowers young Canadian students to play an active role in the sponsorship of refugee students. Our campus-based Local Committees raise funds and awareness for the program on their campus and in their community. They also play a critical role in offering day-to-day social and academic support to SRP students.

Helping refugee girls achieve their educational goals

Most girls in refugee camps don’t get to finish primary school, let alone high school. In many secondary school classrooms, boys outnumber girls 4:1. Girls are expected to help with domestic chores and sibling care, which considerably limits their opportunity to go to school.

Through Shine a Light, we put a spotlight on girls’ education and empower them to reach their full potential. With your support, we can help young girls in refugee camps continue their education and gain the self-confidence they need to succeed.

About WUSC

WUSC – World University Service of Canada – is one of Canada's most established non-profit organizations in international development. With over 50 years of experience, we work with a diverse network of individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses to strengthen education systems, expand employment opportunities, and improve lives. Visit our website to learn more: http://wusc.ca.