NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Institute of Technology is creating a special admissions process for Saudi Arabian students studying in Canada who may soon be displaced as tensions rise among the two countries.
The Saudi Ministry of Education in August announced that it would stop funding scholarships for students in Canada, The Wall Street Journal reported. The country also ordered any student attending a Canadian college on a government scholarship to leave the school.
The diplomatic feud stems from Canada's foreign ministry calling on the country to release human rights activists who were recently arrested.
“We do not want to see talented and hard-working students have their educational pursuits disrupted,” said NJIT Provost and Executive Vice President Fadi Deek in a statement. “Therefore, we are taking steps to enable Saudi students who are affected by this situation to complete the transfer process to NJIT in an expedited fashion.”
About 7,000 students attend college in Canada on the Saudi Arabian government's dime, CNN reported. Many students who are caught in the diplomatic crossfire were gearing up for the start of a new semester when the announcement came.
NJIT will accelerate the admissions process for affected Saudi students by waiving application fees and by expediting the process for I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
Saudi students currently enrolled in a master's degree program who are in good standing at a Canadian college will also be able to transfer to NJIT with just an application and official transcript.
Students transferring from a non-English speaking Canadian college will also have to provide a Test of English as a Foreign Language, a standardized assessment that measures a person's understanding of English when they want to enroll in an American university.
Students can transfer into NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, Ying Wu College of Computing, College of Architecture and Design, Martin Tuchman School of Management, and College of Science and Liberal Arts.
NJIT will also help Saudi students to secure immediate housing.