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International Students

Applying to UCL

UCL welcomes applications from disabled international students.

In the UK, the term ‘disability’ is defined by the Equality Act 2010. The provisions of the Act apply to people who are disabled according to the following definition: 

“…someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The effect must be:

  • Substantial (that is, more than minor or trivial)
  • Long term (that is, has lasted or is likely to last for at least 6 months or for the rest of the life of the person affected) and
  • Adverse

On your application form you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability. You do not have to declare your disability at this point but we strongly recommend that you take this opportunity to make the university aware of your disability and support needs. This will ensure that you receive information and advice from us promptly.

When outlining the support you may need, please think carefully about the informal help you receive from family and friends and include this on the form. In the UK, friends on your course and your housemates may help you with support if asked, but if this becomes regular, the expectation is that disabled students will employ a personal assistant. The more information you give to the Student Disability Services, the better we will be able to assist you, as we will have a clearer idea of your requirements.

General information for prospective international students is here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students