Students who have come to Canada from countries affected by war are speaking up about the benefits of Wilfrid Laurier University’s International Students Overcoming War (ISOW) program. The ISOW program provides students from areas affected by war with an opportunity to come to Canada to study. So far, 23 students from conflict zones have received scholarships from the program. CBC shares the story of Alik Sarian, who came to Canada in 2016 from Syria to study at WLU through the ISOW program. Sarian described the program as life-changing, as it has enabled her to imagine a future in Canada. The program, which was started in 2014, is funded by an $8 student tuition fee. “The way we like to contextualize the levy is by saying a cup of coffee from Starbucks can change someone’s life,” said Sarian. “I’m here to say that it does. It changed my life.” CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.