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Opportunities in Icelandic Universities for Ukrainian University Students

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has posed a serious threat to the lives of millions of people, many of whom have been forced to flee their home. The host countries are now called upon to respond to this situation by providing refugees from Ukraine with various support measures to facilitate their rapid and successful integration in the new society. Higher education is a critical sector in this response, as the war has had a major impact on higher education staff and students from Ukraine.

Information on higher education studies in Iceland has been set up on the island.is website. The information is available in English.

Icelandic universities provide Ukrainian refugees various support both in terms of flexibility regarding access and opportunities to complete their studies, e.g as exchange students. ENIC/NARIC has enabled a fast-track recognition of Ukrainian higher education qualifications.

Guidance and career counselors offers various psychosocial support to Ukrainian students and staff.

The University of Iceland offer refugee learners who wish to follow distance learning at Ukrainian university a study space where internet access and other necessities is provided. Several universities also offer Icelandic language courses and/or Icelandic language support.

Two new Eurydice reports are out that investigate the key policies and measures put in place by top-level education authorities across Europe that aim to assist schools and higher education institutions in integrating and helping Ukrainian children and refugee learners. Together the reports can contribute to informing and supporting European education systems in their endeavour to ensure that learners from Ukraine have access to education, training and support that correspond to their needs, aspirations and emotional well-being.

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