World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

VIU’s WUSC Local Committee is a campus-based student group working towards a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world. While supporting student refugees in their integration to Canadian social and academic life, organizing fundraising events, and engaging their campus and community on migration issues, WUSC Committee members are making a true difference in the world, while also gaining valuable leadership experience.

Since the Committee’s formation in 2008, VIU has sponsored two student refugees per year from countries such as Somalia, South Sudan and Syria, to come to Canada and attend class at VIU. With funding from VIU’s Faculty of International Education and an annual student levy through the VIU Student’s Union, VIU’s WUSC Local Committee has sponsored the students’ tuition, food, shelter, clothing and other costs during their first year in Canada. Committee volunteers hold several fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Harambee Gala Dinner in the spring semester, to raise additional money to support student refugees.

Why You Should Join:

• Connect with your campus and community to have a real impact!

• Take part in a unique refugee resettlement program & learn about forced migration

• Develop professional & personal skills

• Become part of the largest network of its kind in Canada: 85+ campuses!

• Have loads of fun, learn & make connections to last a lifetime


If you are interested in connecting with a group of like-minded individuals to create a positive and tangible effect on the world, contact today!