UNICORE - University Corridors for Refugees
University of Catania joins the fourth edition of University Corridors for Refugees (UNICORE) project promoted by UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas, Diaconia Valdese and Centro Astalli.
The UNICORE project aims at granting refugee students in African territories the opportunity to continue their academic careers at Italian universities. This year the project enters its fourth edition – therefore called UNICORE 4.0 – offering young refugees, often unable to continue their studies in the country where they have found protection, the chance to obtain visas for study purposes in third countries.
This project, originally designed to allow refugee students in Ethiopia to enter Italy with a regular and safe path to continue their studies is meant, for the academic year 2022/23, for refugees who are currently in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, possessing a Bachelor degree obtained with a GPA of at least 3.0 grade, equivalent to no less than 24/30 in the Italian evaluation system.
Candidates may apply for UNICT master's degree courses in English.
The project stands out for its inclusive dimension, thanks above all to a wide network of territorial partners who support students in entering academic life and integrating into the local social setting. In particular: ARCI, Azienda Metropolitana Trasporti e Sosta (AMTS), Caritas diocesana di Catania, Centro Astalli Catania, Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Community Center – Diaconia Valdese, Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati (CIR), Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti (COPE), Ente regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario (ERSU), Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE), Refugees Welcome Italia ONLUS, Save the Children participate in the project.
What we do
The benefits enjoyed by students arriving in Italy with refugee or international protection status are many and range from the UNICT scholarships (one for boys and one for girls), worth € 5,257.74 net for two years, to:
- advice, guidance and mentorship
- season ticket for local transport
- provision of training material
- PC on loan for use
- legal assistance
- listening spaces
- pocket money
The requirements for applying are described in detail in the Call for admission