Student Refugee Program

Local WUSC committee at St. Paul's entry


The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is the only one of its kind to combine resettlement with opportunities for higher education. The program supports over 130 refugee students per year through active partnerships with over 80 Canadian campuses. Since 1978, the SRP program has empowered over 1,800 young refugees from 39 countries of origin to continue their education in safe and supportive environments in Canada.

Crucial to the program’s success is its 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.

Each year, St. Paul's supports a refugee student living in residence for their first or second year of studies at the University of Waterloo. St. Paul's undergraduate residents have the opportunity to contribute toward this support through a voluntary levy added to their residence fees.

St. Paul's was the first residence on campus to partner with the University of Waterloo Student Refugee Program, administered by World University Service of Canada (WUSC). WUSC is a Canadian international development non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment and empowerment opportunities for youth, women and refugees in more than 25 countries around the world. To find out more, please visit


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    Local Committees

    Local Committees are collaborative, campus-based groups of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who share our vision of a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world. Local Committees make up the largest network of student groups of its kind in Canada. They provide students with the resources, trainings, and experience to contribute to sustainable global development. With the right tools, youth can make a difference today and for years to come.

    What do Local Committees Do?

    • Foster global citizenship and leadership by educating their peers and raising awareness on a range of development issues, reaching tens of thousands of people every year.
    • Provide post secondary education opportunities for refugee students on Canadian campuses through the Student Refugee Program.
    • Connect fellow youth on campus and in their communities with development and international volunteer cooperation opportunities.
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