06:21 – September 22, 2022
Immigrants without Ukrainian citizenship are also taken into account.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, many students have found refuge in Clermont-Ferrand. UCA has created an exceptional system for them to learn French and continue their education.
DSince the beginning of the conflict, several students from Ukraine have sought refuge in Clermont-Ferrand to continue their studies.
About forty IDPs have enrolled at UCA with the aim of taking French classes and subsequently enrolling in a bachelor’s or master’s degree, as their level is currently too low to integrate the training.
Some have a desire to join medical courses, so UCA will open French as a foreign language courses with medical features. 90% of these students are young women, as men are forbidden to leave too early, except for those who arrive first.
“The first people from Ukraine arrived at the beginning of March, but applications from these students to identify themselves on French territory came two to three weeks later,” said Cécilia Brassier, Lecturer and Policy Officer at the University of Refugees.
At first, there were families who welcomed the students who approached the universities. This approach was expected by the UCA to welcome refugees, especially to enable them to learn French as quickly and fully as possible.
It should be noted that the UCA did not benefit from state aid for these mutual aid schemes, it was the institution itself that “gave itself the means to fulfill this role of helping people from Ukraine,” recalls Cécilia Brassier. . UCA demanded that French language courses be opened not only for students, but for all people who moved from Ukraine. Bequest of UCA President Mathias Bernard.
Then special courses were held for displaced Ukrainians so that they could first start learning French and return to the university as soon as possible for students. At UCA is the FLORA center, which provides French language lessons with a special system for people in exile, refugees and asylum seekers. However, it is difficult to master a foreign language like French, which you have been studying for six months, both verbally and in writing.
At the same time, some students with an understanding of the French language have been able to meet the minimum B2 level required to integrate the courses offered by UCA.
For students from Ukraine who are close to obtaining it, a special cell has been created in the training department with application files and the means to obtain this level.
Is the future here?
Since March, Cécilia Brassier has been in charge of the crisis unit, which has competent components to integrate these students into university life as much as possible.
For this start of the academic year, seven students will begin direct undergraduate or graduate studies. “As soon as their French language level is confirmed, a training course has been found to meet them,” rejoices Cécilia Brassier.
IDPs from Ukraine without Ukrainian citizenship are also taken into account. In the absence of a ministerial decision on these cases, UCA decided to investigate the appeals of these fifty students.
Some are still being processed, but six students will be able to start training in September.
The methodology of the university is also different, which requires these students to adapt to the French education system.
There is also a Passerelle University diploma for students in exile, which allows them to be autonomous in French, thus allowing them to combine studies for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate.
Mutual aid is indeed the key to providing a bright future for refugee students from Ukraine within UCA.