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Update: Ryerson University’s readiness plan to welcome international students

As was announced by the federal government earlier this fall, all post secondary institutions must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial government to be able to welcome international students.  Effective November 17th, Ryerson's readiness plan has been approved by the federal and provincial governments.

In addition to Ryerson University’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan, international students must be eligible to enter Canada through possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information related to travel to Canada please visit this webpage, external link. If you are unclear about your eligibility to enter Canada, please contact International Student Support at

Date: November 17, 2020


World University Services of Canada, external link (WUSC) is an international Canadian non-profit organization established in the 1950s and aims to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world. As an official Sponsorship Agreement Holder in Canada, WUSC has an agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This agreement enables WUSC to privately sponsor and bring refugee students to study in Canada as permanent residents. WUSC identifies refugee students who are in need of resettlement and grants permission to WUSC partner academic institutions, external link across Canada to sponsor under WUSC’s name.

Members of the WUSC Local Committees arrange financial and social support for each sponsored student during their first year of study in Canada. Volunteer committee members also offer daily social and academic support to students in the SRP.

WUSC Ryerson Committee

The WUSC Ryerson Committee is a group of students which raises awareness of global issues and international development, as well as facilitates the Student Refugee Program (SRP). The SRP sponsors and supports students with refugee backgrounds to come to Canada to study and become permanent residents. At Ryerson, we call these students "WUSC Scholars". Key duties for Ryerson WUSC Local Committee include:

  • Provide resettlement support to students with refugee backgrounds by offering connections, academic support, and integration support through the Student Refugee Program (SRP) 
  • Educate and advocate for social change, by organizing awareness-raising events about global issues and refugee issues that reach youth across Canada

The WUSC Program at Ryerson is supported by International Student Support and funded through the student levy.

Get involved!

WUSC Local Committee Roles:

  • Chair & Ambassador
  • Secretary
  • Communications Lead
  • Community Development Lead
  • SRP Transition Assistant
  • Events Assistant
  • Graduate Student Representative

Check back here in March 2022 for information on committee position applications for 2022-2023!

History of WUSC at Ryerson

The WUSC Local Committee was launched in 2008-2009. Ryerson welcomed the first WUSC scholar in the Student Refugee Program (SRP) in 2009-2010. 

At Ryerson, we refer to students who arrive through the Student Refugee Program (SRP) as WUSC scholars. WUSC Ryerson has sponsored a total of 12 WUSC scholars to date. These students have come to Ryerson to study at the undergraduate level from various different countries of asylum including Kenya, Malaysia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Malawi. WUSC scholars have studied in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, and Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University.

WUSC Ryerson and other Local Committees across campuses in Canada support WUSC scholars through a student levy. This is a small amount of money that is part of the ancillary fees of tuition. In May 2010, there was a referendum held to contribute funding to the WUSC SRP program. The referendum was approved by Ryerson full-time undergraduate students and the Board of Directors.