The Refugee Higher Education Access Program (RhEAP), co-designed by Bard College, The Princeton Global History Lab and Arizona State University, is for learners who require additional university-level preparation to seamlessly transition into the Hubs’ clusters or full degree programs.

The PIIRS Global History Lab at Princeton University helped to design, implement and lead RHEAP, or Refugee Higher Education Access Program, at the Open Society University Network’s (OSUN) Hubs for Connected Learning. In the fall of 2021, the GHL was instrumental in piloting RHEAP at OSUN's East African Hub.

About the RhEAP Program

RhEAP is simultaneously globally influenced and locally contextualized, featuring universally acknowledged best-practices—from student-centered to project-based learning—and locally rooted approaches to addressing  students’ psycho-social and emotional learning needs. RhEAP is designed around big questions that thread through the modules; learners are invited to consider such questions through various disciplinary lenses and via different methodological approaches. Courses are offered in a blended format and all courses have on-the-ground facilitators who are refugees themselves and are trained by the OSUN faculty.

Learning Modules

  • Module 1: English/ICT/critical thinking skills building
  • Module 2: Humanities and social sciences
  • Module 3: STEM
  • Module 4: Transition to the integrated classroom through an OSUN Network Collaborative course
  • Module 5: Application preparation