Coursera for Refugees Launches for World Refugee Day

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of State and Coursera, the largest open online education provider, are partnering for the launch of Coursera for Refugees, a new initiative that will help refugees around the world access educational opportunities and will facilitate mutually beneficial relationships within host communities. Through this partnership, refugees will be able to receive fee waivers for over 1,000 Coursera courses, and will join local students in facilitated course discussions.

Under this partnership with the Department of State, Coursera will provide fee waivers to organizations working directly with refugees, allowing participants to get certification at no cost for completed online courses. Any non-profit that works with refugees can apply to Coursera for Refugees, and the State Department will help connect Coursera with eligible organizations in its network. U.S. Embassies and Consulates will host in-person facilitated discussions for small cohorts of course participants, targeted specifically at communities with significant refugee populations. The first program will be hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon and will focus on English language learning for a mixed group of refugees and local Lebanese students.

This partnership builds upon the State Department’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Camps, which are run by U.S. Embassies and Consulates and are part of Coursera’s Learning Hubs network. The State Department’s MOOC Camps offer blended learning programs in more than 65 countries and reach over 4,500 people.

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