Government support and the absence of pressures felt back home make it easier for many Syrian refugees in Germany to pursue a new field of study or career.
Millions of girls in the Arab world end up as child brides: Some are forced to marry by their parents, for money or protection or due to cultural expectations; others want to escape poverty or an abusive home. All of them regret leaving school.
Fresh Syrian medical school graduates learning their profession in hospitals and starting public health initiatives are at high risk of coronavirus infections.
With Syria apparently experiencing many more cases of Covid-19 than the government publicly acknowledges, parents and students are wary about the scheduled openings of universities and schools.
Syrian students have been traveling to Beirut for interviews and tests. That complicated and costly process has gotten tougher with coronavirus lockdowns and new U.S. sanctions in place.
Kamal Al Haj was a popular and progressive dean of media studies at Damascus University, but chose to move to Germany to expand his professional horizons.
Two men who met in Iraq have begun helping Syrians study in Mexico, showing how middle-income countries can respond to the refugee crisis.
A young writer makes a leap of faith turning down British and European scholarships, and heads for New York City.
Immigration status matters for funding and access to educational opportunities.