Students would enroll as visiting exchange students, taking virtual classes taught by University of Miami faculty members.
While bombs, missiles and rockets from Russian forces may have displaced dozens of Ukrainian students, preventing them from attending classes in their home country, the University of Miami offers these students a safe and secure way to pursue their academic career. —in a virtual classroom.
Beginning with the 2022 summer session, which begins on May 16 and extending through the 2022-23 academic year, eligible undergraduate and graduate students from Ukrainian institutions can take courses online and tuition-free at the University of Miami.
“The war in Ukraine has taken a devastating and terrible toll, forcing millions of Ukrainian citizens to flee their country, many of whom are students,” said Jeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Higher education has a duty to support students affected by conflict in their home countries. Offering eligible Ukrainian students, wherever they are, the ability to take courses online until their home institutions are up and running is the right thing to do.
Ukrainian students will enroll as visiting exchange students and take virtual classes taught by University of Miami faculty, attend these classes with University of Miami students, and receive grades in each course in which they enroll.
Students must complete an online application through the study abroad office; and at the end, they will receive detailed instructions by e-mail from the University.
So far, more than 50 online courses at four colleges and schools — the College of Arts and Sciences, Frost School of Music, Miller School of Medicine, and School of Communication — are available. But that number is expected to increase, according to Patty Murphy, vice-president of university accreditation.
The University of Miami joins a growing list of higher education institutions helping Ukrainian students distraught by war.
As of May 11, Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science reported that more than 1,600 educational institutions across the country had been damaged, including 126 destroyed, due to shelling and shelling.
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