Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers is an online course offered by Cambridge Assessment English, a unit of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. The course is taught by a Syrian refugee who is a community organizer and currently a Master of Science student in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS, University of London. Refugees and asylum seekers who wish to continue or begin higher education in the United Kingdom can benefit from the course. In addition, this class is beneficial for people who provide support or educational services for refugees who wish to attend college in the United Kingdom.
Presented through online video lectures, Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers lasts for three weeks. The class involves a time commitment of roughly three hours per week to watch the videos and complete supplemental readings, assignments and activities. A computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access is necessary for the course.
At the beginning of the course, students will learn about the university system in the United Kingdom. The class covers how to compare colleges and universities and select the ones that best fit individual students’ needs. Next, the class explains how refugee students can go about the admission process and enroll in universities. The course provides a step-by-step guide to the application process, explaining how to complete all of the necessary requirements. By the end of the class, students will be ready to begin the first steps or to guide refugees through the process.