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Undergraduate Certificate Program

The Centre for Refugee Studies offers a General Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies to registered undergraduates. This General Certificate will be awarded concurrently with the B.A., B.Ed., B.E.S., or B.Sc. degrees for which the students are registered in, provided both sets of requirements are completed.


Graduate Diploma Program

This Program, coordinated by the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, allows a student enrolled in a graduate program at the University to formally specialize in refugee and migration studies, and to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies by the Faculty of Graduate Studies upon successful completion of all degree requirements.

The Diploma is intended to give recognition to those students who have undertaken a concentrated research and study program in the area of refugee and migration studies; to encourage students to undertake such a concentration and to provide graduates who can serve both the Canadian and international communities in a vital area of public and humanitarian policy.

The Diploma Program must be undertaken concurrently with the master’s or doctoral degree program in which a student is registered. Please note that the Diploma is awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, and is not awarded separately/independently by the Centre for Refugee Studies.


CRS Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration

Canada is a global leader in refugee research, policy making, and in refugee resettlement. Ten to twelve thousand refugees are resettled annually in Canada – this is ten percent of all those who are resettled globally. Our goal at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), one of the largest and most active refugee studies centres in the world, is to assist with building and updating the increasing and changing knowledge needs of refugee scholars and practitioners.

The summer course is a professional development course that provides an interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration and refugee issues. It embraces a comparative global approach that exposes participants to the different perspectives of scholars and field-based specialists from Canada and abroad, presents highlights from research and practical work in different regions including North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and involves a blend of well-respected academics and practitioners with an excellent national and international track record of research, policy engagement and publications. Participants will receive a York University – Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.


 CRS Online Introduction to Refugee Studies

The Centre for Refugee Studies has produced a video series offering an introduction to refugee studies.

The videos will be of interest to people looking to learn about refugee issues, including people wanting to learn about how these issues play out in the Canadian context. They may also be of use to teachers and instructors looking for online materials introducing students to these issues – especially during the COVID-19 disruption.