The aim of this study is to view higher education opportunities and problems from the point of Syrian female students. The research is designed as a qualitative research conducted with descriptive analysis. Ten volunteer female Syrian university students participated in the study. An interview form, including open-ended questions, was used as a data collection tool. The data was collected by focus group meeting. Findings indicate that Syrian students have difficulties in enrollment to higher education institutions. When they become a university student, it is not easy for them to follow courses and take notes due to lack of language skills. Financial problems are also hindrances to attend higher education. Another dimension of being a refugee student is social exclusion which prevents a healthy integration process; as a result most of the students feel alienation towards the society. Social isolation is sometimes seen as self-protection tactic for refugee students. The society should be encouraged to embrace Syrian students and show positive attitudes and empathy. In the same way, the students should be provided with optimum conditions to continue their education.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89875-9_39
ISSN: 2213-8684
ISBN: 9783319898742