Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/International

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


This is one of five separate articles: three for U.S. States, a fourth for international, a fifth for schools in all locations offering space for faculty, graduate and professional students.

Also, each state is linked below:

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U.S. Territories

Puerto Rico

  • University of Puerto Rico (PR, 11 campuses) - Immediate admission and enrollment for students from accredited institutions that will remain closed for the academic term or year. Students must be able to take courses in Spanish. Students who have already paid tuition at institution of origin will not be charged. Students who have not paid tuition, will enroll under resident status. 1-866-759-1877 [2]

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and St. Croix, VI) - UVI is inviting college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina to enroll in fall semester classes. Immediate Enrollment - Student IDs or unofficial transcripts needed to show enrollment status. Tuition & Fees Waived - Applies to students currently enrolled at hurricane ravaged schools. Registration - Call for details. St. Croix Campus: (340) 692-4158 St. Thomas Campus: (340) 693-1224 Credits - Credits earned at UVI will be transferred to students' home institutions. Housing - Housing will be provided in campus housing facilities as available. [3] [4]


  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) - "The University, one of Canada's leading undergraduate institutions, will provide full tuition and free residence accommodation to five students. In addition, Acadia will make 100 seats available to American students at a discounted cost. The University is developing a strategy to assist with travel costs including air fare and will work with the Canadian government to promote the expeditious processing of student visas."[5][6]
  • Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) - Students will be admitted as visiting students and will be able to register until September 20th. "The University has also approached government officials for assistance in facilitating the process." Contact: International Students Office at (514) 848-2424 x.3514 or email [7]
  • McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) - "..McGill will admit freshmen students from Tulane into a regular undergraduate program, where feasible, until September 13, 2005, which is the end of the University's course add/drop period. After that date, students will be considered for admission to the January 2006 term. All such applications, including those to professional programs such as Law and limited-capacity programs, will be reviewed promptly and individually in consultation with program directors to expedite regular processes. Similarly, applications from affected undergraduate transfer students and graduate students will be considered on an individual basis. Incoming students who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada will have to obtain the appropriate permits and paperwork from immigration authorities to study in Canada. McGill's International Student Services Office will make every effort to fast-track this process by contacting the government authorities directly on behalf of the students. "Although we cannot offer on-campus housing or residence at this late date, our Off-Campus Housing Office can provide students who are admitted late with suggestions for affordable, privately owned accommodations near campus," says Kim Bartlett, McGill Director of Admissions (undergraduate)." [8]
  • University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) - The University of Alberta extends its deepest sympathies to everyone who has experienced a loss from this disaster. The University will admit, as Visiting Students with tuition waived, those students whose home institutions are unable to conduct classes for Fall, 2005. Admitted students will be allowed to register until September 20th, 2005 for courses for which they are academically qualified and where spaces are available. After that date, they will be considered for the January, 2006 term. The university will also assist students in finding accommodations. Undergraduate students should contact Melissa Casey (780-492-5456) Graduate students should contact Heather Hogg (780-492-5525)[9]
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada) - As an educational institution committed to the principle of global citizenship, UBC stands ready to help in any way that we can. We have already been in touch with partner institutions across North America to discuss the possible placement of New Orleans-bound exchange students who may have been forced to change their plans. [10]
  • University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario) - U of G will accept, whenever possible, undergraduate and graduate students from schools that have been adversely affected by flooding and destruction. Following guidelines developed by Gulf Coast presidents, the students would be admitted to U of G on a visiting or provisional basis. [11]
  • Université de Montréal (Montreal, Quebec) - L’Université de Montréal pourra accueillir cet automne les étudiants de l’University of New Orleans, avec qui elle a une entente de coopération internationale depuis de nombreuses années. Le recteur Luc Vinet a offert à l’UNO de recevoir les étudiants qui le désirent en attendant que la situation revienne à la normale dans cette institution. Les étudiants de l’UNO qui désirent venir étudier à l’Université de Montréal devront faire rapidement une demande d’admission. La date limite des choix et abandons de cours est le 13 septembre prochain. Des chambres aux résidences seront réservées à leur intention et la maison des étudiants internationaux mettra tout en œuvre afin de les accueillir et de les soutenir dans leurs démarches auprès des autorités administratives. [12]
  • University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario) - The University of Ottawa is ready to help students affected by Hurricane Katrina: If students from affected universities are interested in attending the University of Ottawa, we will do everything in our power to allow them to continue their education. We will be informing the appropriate University services (Housing, International Office, Strategic Enrollment Management, etc) of the possibility that hurricane-affected students may be arriving, and we will be preparing to help find off-campus housing and offer support services to ease the transition for any students who choose to come. [13]
  • University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) - The University is ready to assist eligible undergraduate students from the affected areas. Tuition will be waived for these students and housing will be provided on a space available basis. U of T wishes to support the home universities that have been damaged by the hurricane. Thus, the students admitted are expected to return to their home campuses. For further information, contact Miranda Cheng, Director, International Student Exchange Office (416)-946-3091, or Steven de Sousa, Associate Director, News Services, (416) 978-2105; e-mail: [14]
  • University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario) - Offers on-the-spot admission decisions to any students displaced by the hurricane and flooding in the southern United States. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (519) 253-3000, ext. 3315. [15]
  • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) - The University of Waterloo, is offering admission with tuition waivers for up to 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students who have been displaced from affected universities in the Gulf Coast states. Tuition will be waived for these students and housing will be provided on a space available basis. We will also strive to accommodate interested faculty members who may be seeking research, office or lab space. For more information, contact Wendy Mertz, Associate Vice-President Academic Office 519-888-4567 ext.2663, [16]

Other International


  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) - "Students from New Orleans will be accepted into the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School for a semester or year's studies and will be housed in the university's Mt. Scopus dormitories... At this stage, the university is preparing to extend 20 scholarships, but if necessary this will be extended to additional students." Press Release[17]

United Kingdom

The British Council is maintaining a list of UK universities offering admission to US students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.