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University offers free online courses to Ukrainian students affected by the war

The students would enroll as visiting exchange students, taking virtual courses taught by University of Miami faculty members.
The U Statue on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus. Photo: Mike Montero/University of Miami

While the bombs, missiles, and rockets of Russian forces may have displaced scores of Ukrainian college students, making it impossible for them to attend classes in their homeland, the University of Miami is giving those students a safe and secure way to continue their academic careers—in a virtual classroom setting.

Starting with the Summer 2022 session, which begins May 16, and extending through the 2022-23 academic year, eligible undergraduate and graduate students from institutions in Ukraine can take courses online and tuition-free at the University of Miami.

“The war in Ukraine has exacted a devastating and terrible toll, forcing millions of Ukrainian citizens to flee their country, many of whom are college 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 may be, the opportunity to take online courses until their home institutions are operational is the right thing to do.”

Ukrainian students will enroll as visiting exchange pupils and will take virtual classes taught by the University of Miami faculty, attending those classes with University of Miami students and receiving grades in each course for which they enroll. 

The students must fill out an online application through the Study Abroad Office; and upon completion, they will receive detailed instructions via email from the University. 

So far, more than 50 online courses in four colleges and schools—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Frost School of Music, the Miller School of Medicine, and the School of Communication—are available. But that number is expected to increase, according to Patty Murphy, associate provost of university accreditation. 

The University of Miami joins a growing list of higher education institutions that are coming to the aid of Ukrainian colleges students upended by the war.

As of May 11, Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science had reported that more than 1,600 educational facilities across the country had been damaged, with 126 of them destroyed, because of the bombing and shelling.

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