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Refugee-student Mohammed: ‘I have to do it, whatever the cost’

Published: 20th November 2020 Last updated: 23rd November 2020

There are many highly educated refugee-students (asylum permit holders) who have the ambition to pursue an academic education in the Netherlands but do not yet have the right diplomas to be directly admitted. Tilburg University offers these refugee-students to opportunity to take a pre-Bachelor’s program that prepares them for an academic Bachelor’s program. In this way, they can still make their dream come true. One of the refugee students who used this opportunity is Mohammed, who is from Syria. Watch the video in which he tells his story.

The story of Mohammed

Despite the hardship he has experienced as a refugee, Mohammed has never lost sight of his objective of becoming a doctor. The pre-Bachelor’s program prepared him for an academic study program by bringing him to a higher level in the core subjects of Dutch, English, and mathematics. Attention was also paid to improving academic and study skills, building the student’s network, and choosing a suitable study program. Successfully completing the program will open the door for him to apply for medical training at a Dutch university. It has been a long road for Mohammed, but he is quite determined: ‘I have to do it, whatever the cost.’