Refugee students can take undergraduate courses through UCR’s Inclusion Program. In doing so, they gain not only theoretical knowledge but also acquire typical Dutch study skills. It serves as a stepping stone to a full training, internship, or work. By offering refugee students the opportunity to take courses at UCR, these newcomers have the opportunity to get involved, further their education, and integrate into society. University College Roosevelt is an honors college of Utrecht University, located in Middelburg, Zeeland, and offers an international honors program fully in English. The UCR Inclusion Program is linked to Utrecht University. The application deadline for the Inclusion Program is JULY 21, 2022.
- For whom?
This program is for asylum seekers and status holders. UCR’s Inclusion Program is aimed at those students whose lives are currently ‘on hold’ in refugee centers or in their new houses. The Inclusion Program does not aim to provide English language training but to enable students with a refugee background with sufficient academic and English language competences to participate equally and fully within courses. The program is specifically aimed at people with an academic background or experience with studying at a university in their home country, who have a proper command of the English language. Upon completion of a course, the Inclusion program students receive a certificate.
- What does the inclusion student commit to?
Strong motivation, time, and commitment.
The Inclusion student is willing and able to commit for the whole duration of the course. A course at UCR lasts 15 weeks and takes about 14 hours a week. However, getting used to the Dutch academic system and being taught in English takes more effort and time for some Inclusion students.
The Inclusion student will spend 4 hours per week on attending lectures. The rest of their time will be dedicated to group work, studying, assignments, and preparing for the next classes and/or exams. It is expected that the Inclusion student attends the course in full, participates actively during the lectures, does their homework/assignments, dedicate enough time to studying, and try to finish the course with a strong grade.
- What does UCR offer the Inclusion student?
UCR offers the Inclusion student temporary access to follow a course. An Inclusion student may take a maximum of 1 course per semester at UCR. The Inclusion student has access to the course, the course moodle group, access to the study skills program and access to the library. The Inclusion student receives a UCR Inclusion certificate if they have fully attended the course and after completing the course. Inclusion students do not receive ECTS, even if they pass the course. The inclusion student will receive an electronic door key to gain access to the academic buildings. All the rules in the academic rules and procedures also apply to the Inclusion students. The inclusion student receives a hospitality agreement with UCR for signature and the Academic Rules & Procedures as an appendix.
- What can UCR NOT offer the Inclusion student?
Inclusion students are non-degree seeking students, and therefore UCR cannot give ECTS for the work achieved. An inclusion student does not have housing on campus and cannot qualify for such accommodation. An inclusion student is not a member of RASA or other student associations and does not have the right to vote for the student participation bodies, and cannot stand for election for the student participation bodies. Inclusion students are not assigned a tutor. Since the inclusion student is not a member of RASA, they will not have access to Common House Elliott unless they accompany a UCR student as a guest.
- Application Procedure
The deadline for applying to the Inclusion Program is JULY 21, 2022. Inclusion students can apply via the below application form before the July 21 deadline. It is important to prioritize the desired courses to place every inclusion student in their preferred course. After submitting the application form, the applications will be assessed to establish the academic level, and inclusion students will be contacted for a short interview. The Director of Education informs the inclusion student about the admission to the course. The inclusion student will receive further information from UCR about course preparation and access to the academic buildings by the last week of August at the latest. The course starts on August 29.