In June 2012, in light of the horrific conditions unfolding in Syria and the increasing number of students without access to higher education, Illinois Institute of Technology became interested in bringing Syrian students to study at our main campus in Chicago. Members of the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives worked together with national and international partners to announce the educational and scholarship opportunities for Syrian students at Illinois Tech. These opportunities were possible through collaboration with the Syrian expatriate organization Jusoor and EducationUSA-Syria, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Within one week Illinois Tech received over 450 expressions of interest and Jusoor received over 5,000 visits to their website. In total, Illinois Tech received over 120 final applications, and awarded admission and scholarships to 28 Syrian students, fourteen of whom enrolled at the university for the Fall 2012 semester. As of the Fall 2016, Illinois Tech has had 43 Syrian students. In May 2014 the first five Syrian students graduated.
Read about our Syrian students’ experience through their blog Syrians for a Better Future.