Higher Education Distance Learning for Refugees

  • France
  • Jordan
  • Turkey
  • Germany




  • Address the lack of opportunities for refugees to access higher education
  • Help ensure refuges can achieve their educational potential


  • To ensure that refugees can graduate with an accredited university degree, free of charge

Targeted population:

  • Refugees who have completed schooling but are unable to afford to attend university
  • Refugees who have begun, but not completed, a degree when they left their country

Challenge addressed:

  • Only 1% of refugees around the world have access to higher education
  • Refugees are often only able to complete primary and secondary education, with no option of undertaking a university degree

Program description:

  • Kirin utilises a combination of online and offline learning to provide accessible and cost-effective education
  • Thus far they have enrolled over 1,500 students on their platform and have partnerships with 22 universities
  • Students begin by choosing one of four study tracks online: Business & EconomicsEngineeringComputer Science, and Social Sciences
  • After completing their online study over one or two years, students complete another year at a partner university
  • Partner institutions include Science Po in France and Al al-Bayt University and the Hashemite University in Jordan
  • The online part utilises Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), developed at leading institutions including Harvard University and MIT
  • Students are given a variety of support, including a buddy program and career services
  • Modules completed online will count towards a degree awarded by one of Kiron’s partner universities
  • Students can complete their studies at one of Kiron’s partner institutions as soon as all requirements for enrolment are met, including legal and language requirements
  • Students have completed the full program in Germany, France, Turkey and Jordan

Impact on targeted population:

  • This program allows refugees to continue their education and obtain a university degree

Impact on host community:

  • Host countries benefit from having a more educated refugee population
  • Members of the host community can join the buddy program

Conditions required:

  • Students require access to a computer and the internet to be able to undertake their classes


Information for Prospective Students

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Our impact

  • 3700

    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

  • 40

    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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