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BeSSA – the Belarusian Students Support Association

The entire world has become aware of the repressions the Belarusian regime has subjected the country’s citizens too. Students, scientists, and professors – the talented, capable part of the society – suffer from them the most because of their active political position.

The Belarusians worldwide have decided to join their efforts in helping Belarusian students who have been subjected to psychological and physical violence and, in particular, who have undergone political persecution and have been expelled from their universities because of their beliefs.



  • The main focus is on searching for educational programs worldwide that would be available for Belarusian students free of charge or on a subsidized basis of grants and stipends. BeSSA works with universities in several countries to find suitable solutions for the persecuted students to continue their studies.

  • BeSSA looks for financial aid and material support of all kinds to the affected individuals. We understand that certain students and instructors will require funds for relocating, and they will need personal stipends. We plan on working with both the existing grant organizations and funds directly and on raising funds within the local Belarusian communities and organizations in the diaspora.

  • BeSSA will mentor the students and other individuals under its auspices, prepare them for relocation, and help with paperwork and test preparation. We understand that the majority of Belarusian students are not sufficiently fluent in the language of the country of their destination, they are not familiar with the application procedures, the process of academic credit transfer, and the terms and procedures for converting their diplomas. We are aware of the fact that the bulk of Belarusian students does not have an experience either with TOEFL or with analogous language proficiency tests. BeSSA has formed a staff of volunteers who have graduated from various higher-learning institutions around the world, who can share their experiences in getting admitted and of study abroad.

  • BeSSA also offers vocational help to professors, instructors of higher-learning institutions, scientists, and persons with advanced degrees.



If you are a part of the Belarusian diaspora and are ready to start working with the universities, funds, and scholarships in your country of residence, please get in touch with us.

If you are a representative of a charitable organization or a fund working with the people who have been persecuted in Belarus, please get in touch with us to discuss the ways of possible cooperation between your organization and BeSSA.

If you are a Belarusian abroad who has contacts at the universities and higher-learning institutions and you can help us with the search and development of the new educational programs and opportunities, please send us an email to


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