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Western Sydney University's Refugee Scholarship provides assistance to refugees in gaining English language skills to enable them to meet the entry requirements to commence study in WSU's The College programs or at the university. The scholarship offer English classes valued at up to $12,000.

Selection criteria

To be considered for The College Refugee Scholarship, you must:

  • be able to satisfy the visa eligibility requirements (see information below)
  • be able to supply evidence that you satisfy the academic requirements for study at Western Sydney University
  • have a clear study pathway plan to Western Sydney University
  • be able to attend English classes at Westmead on a full-time basis
  • must have completed CSWE 3/4 level of English or have an IELTS 4.5 level of English or equivalent in The College test
  • submit a written personal statement
  • provide supporting materials
  • be able to attend an interview with the scholarship Selection Committee.


Applicants for the Refugee Scholarship must have been living in Australia for five years or less and currently hold, or previously have held, one of the following visas:

  • Refugee Visa (Subclass 200)
  • In-country Special Humanitarian Program Visa (Subclass 201)
  • Global Special Humanitarian Program Visa (“SHP”) (Subclass 202)
  • Emergency Rescue Visa (Subclass 203)
  • Woman at Risk Visa (Subclass 204)
  • Protection Visa (Subclass 866)

Closing date: 23 February 2018

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