Through the Welcome Corps on Campus, refugee students receive academic and community support as they begin their studies in the United States. Campus sponsor groups welcome refugee students processed through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and approved for resettlement. Sponsors provide services necessary for cultural, social, and academic adjustment.

The Welcome Corps on Campus is not currently accepting applications from refugee students. The next application cycle for students to begin their studies in 2026 will open in November 2024. Check this page regularly for updates.

Refugee Eligibility Criteria

Refugee students must meet refugee eligibility criteria and program requirements. The Welcome Corps on Campus only accepts applications from refugee students living in Jordan and Kenya.  All refugee students resettled through the Welcome Corps on Campus must meet the definition of a refugee under U.S. law and all of these criteria:

  • They live outside their home country.
  • They do not live in the United States.
  • They live in a country where the U.S. government is able to interview sponsored refugees and process their cases.
  • They are between 18-24 years old at the time of application.
  • They are single (unmarried) with no children. Refugee students will not be able to bring family members with them to the United States. The broader Welcome Corps program provides opportunities for family sponsorship.
  • They are enrolling in an associate or bachelor’s degree program.
  • They are already registered on or before September 30, 2023, as a refugee or asylum seeker by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or by the host government.Refugee students living in Kenya must also be recognized as refugees by the Government of Kenya to qualify.
  • They have not been previously denied for resettlement to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

Additional program criteria are announced in each application cycle, and criteria may vary by country of residence. Some academic institutions may require English language courses during the first semester or first year of study, prior to the student beginning academic coursework.

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