Syria, October 31, 2013 - Kaplan Test Prep International (KTPi) has partnered with the Institute for International Education (IIE) to help students “in crisis”―such as refugees displaced by war or other calamities―pursue higher educational opportunities outside their own countries. The IIE is a New York City-based nonprofit that works with the State Department and other NGOs to promote international education, for Americans to study overseas and international students to study in the U.S.
As part of this alliance, KTPi is offering free access to 500 online prep courses for exams like the SAT©, GRE©, MCAT© or GMAT©, so students in crisis can gain admission to college or graduate school programs and continue their interrupted studies. The immediate beneficiaries will be students from Syria, suffering through a two-year civil war, thanks to a joint effort between IIE and the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton’s non-profit organization.
“Our online programs are especially helpful to these students because they have, in most cases, been forced to leave their homes, are on the move to different relocation areas, and can thus access the courses from anywhere and at any time,” says KTP International’s senior director of business development, who helped broker the relationship. He continues, “The move affirms Kaplan’s mission and history of opening access to education for students of all backgrounds. We saw an opportunity to provide tangible, immediate help to young people whose need was especially acute and so jumped at the chance to do this.” Students living in all other areas of crisis globally, such as those recently living under the military regime in Myanmar (formerly Burma), will also be eligible to receive free prep courses. This effort is the first of its type for KTPi on an international scale, but dovetails with the division’s long history of making free or discounted exam prep available to low-income U.S. students.