Washington University offers tuition-free program for refugees, classes start in May

T. LOUIS — Thanks to a $10 million donation, Washington University (WashU) is offering a tuition-free program for refugees to help further develop their English language and professional skills.

The 26-week program called Empower: Career Success for Refugees is free through WashU’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS), according to an online press release.

Evening classes will start in May at Delmar Devine, located at 5535 Delmar Boulevard.

A state grant will fund the program’s 18-month rollout and the university’s $10 million donation will pay for the rest, according to the press release.

“This program is going to change lives,” said Sean Armstrong, dean of CAPS. “We have made a long-term commitment to provide refugees with the tools and support needed to succeed in emerging jobs across the region.” 

Applicants are required to have legal refugee status, basic English skills and a high school education, according to the press release.

Students will gain applied language skills and work toward a CAPS program certificate in either health care, geographic information systems, data analytics or project management.

CAPS will provide course materials, including laptops, according to the press release. Read more here.