Higher Education English Access Programme HEEAP

In Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, HOPES is offering university-aged refugees from Syria and local students one hundred hours of English training and English certification through partnerships with universities and other educational institutions.

The courses are designed by the British Council but delivered in and by the staff of partner institutions. The aims of the programme are to give students the English they need to complete their degrees, start new academic degree programmes and contribute to the reconstruction of Syria post-conflict. Seventy per cent of course participants are refugees from Syria and thirty per cent are local, as selected by the institution and HOPES.


Course details

Courses are delivered by teachers selected by the institution and HOPES who receive training and support in delivering the programme.

Classes have no more than 25 students and include 100 hours of class time, plus around 40 hours of online study by the student in their own time.

Students are tested prior to entry on the course, and on completion take a full British Council Aptis test, which they can use to show potential employers and education providers.

For more information, write to HEEAP@hopes-madad.org

Q & A

  • What is the HEEAP Programme?

    HEEAP stand for Higher Education English Access Programme. They are 100-hour face to face English classes + an online course provided free at universities for Syrian and local students who need English for their studies.
  • Can students of any English level join?

    Yes. We welcome all students to apply. We will test your English and we will try to find a class at your level.
  • Do I have to be a HOPES scholarship holder?

    No – all students are welcome to apply.
  • What is an APTIS test?

    Aptis is a British Council computer-based test that gives you an accurate assessment of your English skills. You will receive a certificate that you can show to universities and employers, but unlike IELTS, it is not recognised officially for university entry. Find out more here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/exam/aptis
  • Do I have to pay anything?

    No. The Online Placement Test, 100-hour face-to-face course, books, online Select course and Aptis test are all provided by HOPES with funding from the EU Madad Fund.
  • Can people not attending the university apply to join?

    Yes. Syrian or local people who intend to apply for University Education and who live in the area are also eligible to apply. 
  • Do I have to attend the whole 100 hours?

    The more you attend the more you will benefit from the course. If you do not attend you will be contacted by the programme to find out why. Without good attendance you will not be put forward for the Aptis test and HEEAP Certificate.
  • What if I need to miss a class?

    Please try not to miss classes. If you need to, please inform your teacher beforehand and explain the reason.


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