U.S. Colleges, and Their Russian and Ukrainian Students, Are Caught Up In a Crisis


MIT Students Protest Russia Invasion of Ukraine

Students from MIT protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 28, in Cambridge, Mass. Credit – Matt Stone—MediaNews Group/Getty Images

It’s a conflict happening thousands of miles away, but colleges in the U.S. are grappling with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as some cut ties with Russian universities and companies, and as students from both nations find themselves caught in the middle of the crisis.

“Some of these students and scholars may be close to the end of their program of study, research, or training, and may not be able to immediately return to their home country during a war,” Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, said in a letter to the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security on Feb. 28, asking it to support Ukrainian students living in the U.S. and those trying to leave…

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