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Alberta school offers Ukrainians domestic fees

A post-secondary institution in Alberta, Canada, has announced that Ukrainians on special emergency travel visas will be eligible for domestic tuition rates.

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Canada has backed Ukraine through a number of initiatives since the beginning of Putin's invasion of the country

Keyano College has said it wants to continue supporting students who have fled the war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian students with a valid Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel visa and study permit will be eligible for the post-secondary study offer.

“I believe that offering Ukrainian students domestic tuition is a transformative step towards their integration and educational development,” said Laura Herweck, manager of enrollment services at Keyano College.

“This program reinforces our values of solidarity and inclusion, and we hope to provide some stability during uncertain times.”

“We hope to provide some stability during uncertain times”

The CUAET government program allows Ukrainians to access study permits valid for up to three years, which Keyano says is adequate time for students to complete their programs from start to finish.

It added that on graduation, students may be eligible for permanent residency under specific provincial and federal immigration programs.

Canada has backed Ukraine through a number of initiatives since the beginning of Putin’s invasion of the country.

As well as the CUAET, the government offered funding of $3,000 per person for adults and $1,500 for children aged under 17 years in June 2022.

At the onset of the invasion in February last year, the Canadian Bureau for International Education noted that its 140+ members stood “in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and unequivocally supports their right to live in peace and to freely choose their future within their own independent and indivisible country”.

The support for the country’s democratic evolution over 30 years, as well as the deep connections forged between Canada and Ukraine through international education would “be maintained”, CBIE said.

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