What makes this program different from others? Why should I attend? 

The GHRUP is a unique course developed to fill a gap in the traditional university curriculum. 25 students from all around the world, are hand picked to come to Toronto and learn from the leading experts in the field of Genocide and Human Rights Studies.  The course provides participants with the intellectual framework to understand the complex issues related to genocide and the examination of several major case studies provides the foundation for comparative analysis, After taking this course, you will leave with a better understanding of human rights and well equipped with the tools to help pursue your careers in the field. You will learn how genocide is a shared universal experience and will meet like-minded youth from all over the world.

What is the admission process? 

All complete applications are reviewed in June by the Admissions Committee, consisting of university professors and IIGHRS Academic Board members. Because of the seminar nature of the course, only a limited number of applicants are admitted to the program. Selection will be based on a combination of strength of interest, scholastic aptitude, and relevance of the course to the candidate's future. It is recommended that Applications by international students be submitted as early as possible as there may be complications and/or delays in obtaining a Canadian visa.

Where can I get the required reading materials for the course ahead of time? 

Required readings can be found on the syllabus section of the website once they are finalized. Every admitted student will be given access to the readings electronically on our website upon receipt of full payment. The reading materials will take time to complete prior to the course.  There will not be time to read during the course, as there are activities every day. To participate actively in the class discussions, and get the most out of the program, please come prepared.  Copies of recommended books can be purchased from your favourite bookseller. 

Will I have to pay for textbooks? 

Students are required to purchase only one text for the course. See the syllabus for details.

How accessible will the teaching staff be? 

Each instructor will come for one or more days. The Course Director, Joyce Apsel, will be present for the duration of the course. Some instructors will remain with the program after their section is completed, in order to provide as much continuity and accessibility as possible.

Is there a university credit for this course? 

Many universities will give graduate-level credit for participating in the GHRUP. In this case, students must approach a professor at their university with the syllabus and faculty biographies for approval as an “independent study” or “directed reading” course. It is critical that participants who would like university credit for the course inform the organizers at the time of applying, and not after the fact. Credit is subject to approval by your university and must be authorized in advance. Be sure to discuss the options and the process with IIGHRS staff before starting the program.

What will the homework requirements be? 

Homework will consist of the readings assigned, as well as preparing an oral presentation, about 10 minutes in length for the last day.

Can I attend only part of the course? 

The curriculum was conceived as a comprehensive program addressing the issues of genocide and human rights with a comparative approach. The teaching modules are not intended to be taken independently. Due to the seminar nature of the course, enrollment is limited to 30 students. Therefore, there will not be space for those who wish to take only part of the course or only audit.


How much does the whole program cost? 

There is an application fee of $25.00 CDN.

The cost for tuition is $999.00 CDN (including the $25 application fee).

The cost for student dorms for out-of-town students has not yet been confirmed, but will not exceed $1000.00 CDN.

Please budget for meals and out of pocket expenses (Roughly $50 CDN per day).

How are payments handled? 

The application fee is due upon submitting your complete application. Once admitted, students are required to pay the full cost of tuition and accommodations within one week in order to complete registration.

Can I pay by credit card? 

Yes, we accept VISA, Master Card, AMEX and PayPal. In addition, payment may be made by bank or postal money order.

What is the cancellation policy? 

Students who withdraw after registration will be refunded 50% of tuition fees. Program fees are non-refundable if withdrawal is made after program commencement, for any reason.
The fees for student dormitory reservations are non-refundable if cancellation is made less then 10 days before the program commences.

Where will the profits from this program go? 

The tuition fees do not cover the program's costs, consequently there will be no profit. This is due to the seminar nature of the course and the limited enrollment, which is most beneficial for the participants, the extensive planning and organizing required in its preparation, and the bringing in of world-class instructors from afar. The deficit will be subsidized by a number of donors, who are deeply committed to making this program accessible to you. The Zoryan Institute is a registered non-profit institution in the United States and Canada.

What opportunities for scholarships may be available? 

A very limited number of tuition scholarships are available to eligible applicants. You may inquire about scholarships as part of your application, and include a statement regarding your need for assistance. Please note that meeting the criteria does not guarantee a scholarship. 





What are the accommodations like? 

Accommodations are available in the dormitories of Tartu College Student Residences . Everyone will have a single room.

Is parking available? 

Parking on campus is difficult to find and expensive ($20.00 CDN per day), and there is overnight parking available at extra cost. Since the university is located in the heart of the downtown commercial area, parking off campus is even more expensive.

Are there any activities planned? 


Social activities are being planned for after class, evenings and weekends. These include such things as a walking tour of sections of downtown Toronto, dinners, visits to museums and art gallers, and a bus excursion to Niagara Falls. Other activities are still being considered.

What is there to do for entertainment? 


Toronto is filled with parks, gyms, swimming pools, museums, art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, musical venues and shops, for every taste and budget. Owing to the university's location, most of these venues are easily accessible by foot or public transportation. See the section on About Toronto.



The 2021 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) will tentatively be held in Toronto from August 2-13, 2021. This is dependent on being able to ensure the safety of students, faculty members and the Institute's staff. 

Due to the ongoing global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on universities, workplaces and international travel, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) has made the following changes to the application process for its 2021 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP):


  • Should the Institute need to cancel the 2021 GHRUP, this will be done on or before April 1, 2021

  • Students will not be required to pay the $25 application fee until after April 1, 2021, upon the confirmation that the 2021 program will take place

  • Students may be required to give proof of vaccination before attending the program. We will continue to provide updates on this regard as things develop.

  • Virtual, e-learning opportunities may be available in the place of the GHRUP. We will keep you updated as things develop. 


These measures have been put in place with the hope that the spread of COVID-19 will be sufficiently reduced in the coming months, and that vaccines will become more widely distributed. Should any new developments arise in the coming months, we will be sure to notify you accordingly.

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Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

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