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University of Sanctuary: Afghan Scholars

The University of St Andrews has a long history – dating back to the 19th century – of supporting and extracting refugees from geopolitical crises and offering them a safe haven in St Andrews. 

We are continuing this tradition through our status as a University of Sanctuary – the second in Scotland to be recognised as such.

We are working closely with refugee organisations and Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics), as well as Afghan refugees through our own connections such as Medicine to provide the opportunity of creating a new life here in St Andrews, for the ultimate benefit of students, staff and the wider community.

What do we want to do

The University would like to support academics and their families, or a scholar currently trapped and at risk in Afghanistan, by offering them the opportunity to relocate to St Andrews and re-establish a life here. 

Our initial goal is to raise £50,000 to cover costs such as:

  • relocation and resettlement
  • accommodation
  • maintenance and any additional expenses related to accompanying family members.

We firmly believe that Afghan people’s aspirations, goals and dreams should not be lost due to the conflict and the consequent disintegration of their communities. Thank you for your support.