The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) short courses provide specialized education in particular topics within the field of refugees and migration. Each course is an intensive five-day course tailored to practitioners in the field as well as students and researchers. Participants include staff members of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, Caritas, churches, human rights lawyers and NGOs. The participants do not only come from Egypt and the surrounding regions, but also from Europe, the United States and Asia.
Recently our courses have attracted AUC students, both graduates and undergraduates, from fields such as political science, anthropology, sociology and human rights. Some of them decided to pursue the migration and refugee graduate degree as a result of their positive experiences with the CMRS short courses. Refugees in Cairo also attend our courses and add their unique perspectives. Their participation is facilitated by a tuition waiver provided by CMRS.
Some of our short courses are provided annually, while other courses are repeated according to demand. Two of our regular courses that are repeated each year are ‘International Refugee Law’ and ‘Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Refugees’ . Most of our courses are delivered through a combination of lectures and interactive small group exercises where participants learn how to relate theory to practice. CMRS has offered over 35 short courses since its establishment in 2000.
Requirements: The courses are offered for graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and practitioners working in migration-related fields. A minimum knowledge of displacement and migration terminologies and context is a requirement for participation in any of the courses.
All courses are offered face-to-face and will take place at the AUC Tahrir Square campus. The language of instruction is English, with no translation facilities. As such, applicants must have a strong command of the English language. Each course will run for four or five days from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Cairo Local Time, with an hour break.
Interested applicants can apply for one course or for three courses.
Number of Participants: minimum of 12 in each course.
Tuition and Fees
- The fee for international participants is $500 per course.
- The fee for Egyptians and those residing in Egypt is EGP 5,000 per course.
The course fee will cover all course material and two coffee breaks. Upon the successful completion of each course, each participant will receive a certificate of completion from the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies and The American University in Cairo.
Partner Institutions that are in a position to send five or more of their staff to attend one or all of the courses will be offered a reduced fee for each staff member for each course.
Students and researchers who are currently unemployed can apply for a reduced fee or a full waiver.
Applicants who are aiming for a reduced fee must write a request to firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting their applications.