About Our Students
The students we are currently sponsoring hail from Afghanistan, Kurdistan Iraq, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Morocco, Iran, and Pakistan. Most of our students speak at least 3-5 languages with some fluency, and they possess a level of wisdom about worldly issues, survival, and perseverance that most of us in the West will not acquire in a lifetime. We have deep respect and empathy for the adversity they’ve encountered in being forced to flee their home countries, the losses and traumas they’ve endured, and the unique challenges they face in a country that is struggling with its own crisis and ill-equipped to host the many thousands of refugees it has received.
When asked what the students who have had the experience of being refugees bring to the community at Webster University, professors and staff members had these comments to share:
When asked what were their favorite aspects of attending Webster University, this is what the students told us:
Zak, student from Syria and Palestine
“My name is Zakaria, I’m from Syria. I have been in Greece almost one year and I’m 24 years old.
I arrived to Athens 6 months ago. When I heard about this program for the first time it was something exciting. It’s kind of a new opportunity to reach my goal which is to continue my study and start getting on my feet and be fully integrated in Greek society. I am grateful for the welcome I received in Greece given the bad circumstances in my country and I now want to give back to this country what it brought me by finding a job there, helping the economy, paying taxes… etc.
This program is giving me the chance to fulfill this goal and it is the perfect match between my ambitions and my current situation.
My experience at the uni has been special from the beginning. I have been able to meet people from many different countries and continents. It helped me enhancing my open mindedness towards other cultures and my intercultural communication skills.
The learning methods of this program were quite new to me. I really feel like it is customized to meet my needs in terms of education. Most of the knowledge I am currently acquiring seem needed and relevant to my skills development in order to find a job in the future.
I had a very hopeless perception of life during my early days in Greece. Being involved in this program gave me some motivation and eagerness to learn and always improve, and the support of the institution, the teachers and of my fellow classmates has been crucial in that matter.”