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  • Language learning
  • Higher Ed (formal)
This programme offers on-line courses in Arabic targeting medical students in camps. The programme was launched in June 2016, and currently over 320 students are engaged in academic courses and Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Students are specifically engaged in health science courses, which are delivered in students’ native language of Arabic. The students also participated in a placement exam for the IELP, and over 30 students qualified and enrolled in the upper intermediate level of English.
Title Online course for medical students in refugee camps
Date launched June 2016
Duration Ongoing
Type of Resource Other online courses
Purpose Higher education (formal) and Language Learning
Online or Blended Online
Learning objectives To enable refugees (in Syria) in tertiary education continue their studies in medicine and up-grade their English language skills should they be able to continue their education in another country. As the majority of Syrians are Arabic-proficient, but not English proficient, the programme delivers academic courses in Arabic language. Simultaneously, the programme delivers IELP in order to equipt participants with the English language skills needed.
Target group Refugees who were already in tertiary education
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan Not applicable as the initiative is under development
Recognition or certification of learning The course has been developed by two prominent researchers and former political prisoners, who are now at the Global Institute for health and human rights, University at Albany, State University of New York. University of Albany recognises the course and the English language learning is certified through IELP.
Financing and sustainability model The Open Society Foundation has provided some funding, but the initiative is based on a volunteer approach.
Leading Organization Global Institute for health and human rights, University at Albany, State University of New York
Contact Person Arash Alaei, MD
Associate Vice Provost for International Education
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Associate Director, Global Institute for Health and Human Rights
University at Albany, State University of New York