The Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration  is an internationally acclaimed, non-credit course for academic and field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration. It serves as a hub for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and policy makers to share information and ideas.  The Summer Course is housed within the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University.

The Summer Course provides an interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration. Through attending lectures and related small group sessions, course participants develop a deepened understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural contexts of forced migration, and the major state and non-state institutions involved in refugee protection and advocacy.
 Participants will  have an opportunity during the course for structured networking and idea collaboration through panels and small group discussion.

All participants who complete the full course receive a York University Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.

COVID-19 and the Summer Course

Dear Participants,

On behalf of myself, Kathryn Dennler and Sean Rehaag, Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your interest in the CRS Summer Course 2020 and for your patience during this challenging time.

After evaluating possible scenarios and monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in Canada, we have come to the unfortunate decision that we must cancel the CRS Summer Course 2020. We make this decision with much regret but with the knowledge that our number one priority is protecting public health and the health of all our participants.

If you have already paid your registration fees and/or your on-campus accommodations, you will receive a full refund and there is nothing that you need to do. We will be processing refunds as quickly as we can, but please be aware that this may take up to 10 days.

Please also note that we will also be allowing you to transfer your acceptance to next year’s Summer Course without the need to re-apply. Our team will be contacting you in the fall to confirm whether you are interested in attending in 2021.

As a small consolation, we are working on producing a serious of online modules that we will be providing on our website, free of charge. We will send you a link to those as soon as they are ready and posted.

In the meantime, know that you have our most sincere regrets concerning this unfortunate situation.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Dr. Anna Lise Purkey