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Eastern Michigan University becomes first US university to welcome refugee students for fall semester

Eastern Michigan University becomes first US university to welcome refugee students for fall semester

Eastern Michigan University becomes first US university to welcome refugee students for fall semester

YPSILANTI, Michigan. – Eastern Michigan University will welcome three refugee students to campus during the upcoming fall semester, officials said.

The Ypsilanti school announced that it became the first university in the United States to accept students as part of the program Welcome Corps on Campus program.

Created by the U.S. Department of State and partner organizations, the program supports refugee students whose studies were interrupted when they fled their home country.

“The Welcome Corps on Campus program offers students a path to citizenship and enables them to complete their studies at American universities,” said University President James Smith in a statement. “We are committed to providing refugee students with life-changing educational opportunities. Our efforts mirror the University’s All Are Welcome Here campaign, which celebrates the inclusiveness of the EMU community.”

The EMU Board of Regents gave the green light to the program during its meeting on World Refugee Day (June 20).

Students are assigned to universities after going through an intensive application and selection process and must meet the university’s admission requirements.

“Both President Smith and I have attended numerous Presidents’ Alliance meetings and webinars, and we have always found the group invaluable as we seek to expand our global presence and be a welcoming space for students around the world,” said General Counsel Lauren London.

“We are pleased to report that EMU is one of 18 universities across the country participating in the Welcome Corps on Campus program during its inaugural year, and we are the first university to host students as part of this program. This year we have been assigned three students who have been in communication with the Admissions Office and academic advisors as they enroll in classes.”

EMU’s participation in the Welcome Corps on Campus program is financially supported by the “New Future Fund” through UEM Foundation.

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