The devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine has forcefully displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Despite the unprecedented wave of support for the Ukrainian people from across the globe and the great mobilization of the national governments, civil society, and the private sector, this humanitarian crisis in Europe will have devastating consequences for years to come. One of those consequences is the deprivation of the fundamental human right to education, recognized as such under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, call on institutions, universities, and colleges across the globe, particularly in Europe, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector to:

  1. As soon as possible, accept all students from Ukraine, domestic and international, who are able and willing to continue their studies, regardless of their visa or residence status, whether in-person or through virtual classes.
  2. Waive all fees, where possible, and provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries when needed. 
  3. Meet the educational needs of the Ukrainian students and provide the necessary materials and equipment that will allow them to participate in class. 

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Helping the students of Ukraine is the first step to achieving that.  

After the collection of signatures, the petition will be handed over to the International Association of Universities. We encourage signatories to share it with universities within their respective jurisdictions.

An organization wishing to sign the petition can do so by emailing at or filling out a form below.

The full list of signatories

  1. The International Association for Political Science Students
  2. Georgian Association of Physics Students
  3. Freier zusammenschluss von student*innenschaften (fzs) (Free association of student organizations).
  4. CIROS
  5. The Young Diplomat
  6. STEAR (Student Think Tank for Europe-Asia Relations)
  7. Jason Institute
  8. 14 students from University of Tübingen
  9. Young European Federalists (University of Tübingen branch)
  10. The International Studies program at Burman University
  11. European Guanxi
  12. Ukrainian Association of Students
  13. Studenten voor Morgen
  14. Ágora México
  15. Studievereniging ismus
  16. Yale European Horizons Chapter
  17. GALE (the Global Alliance for LGBTI+ Education)
  18. The Peterloo Institute
  19. Association of European Freelancer Artists
  20. World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)
  21. Academy of Arts and Culture
  22. Evolutionary Guidance Media
  23. Thomasian Debaters Council
  24. University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union
  25. International Association for Counselling
  26. Linguistic Society of the Philippines
  27. Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) – Marisci Chapter
  28. Aqwire Corp.
  29. 37 students from University of Santo Tomas
  30. Amanda Singer, associate professor at University of Portland
  31. Eva Hideg, professor at Corvinus University of Budapest
  32. Ellen Skuza, PhD candidate at University of Duisburg
  33. Koen Donatz, student
  34. Ronald M. Castillo, student
  35. Shashley R. Bernardez, student
  36. Jayson Troy Bajar, student
  37. Girard Mariano Lopez, student
  38. Xanthy Mae G. Sigua, student
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