Student Disability Services
- Appointments and Contact Details
- Who We Support
- Prospective Students
- International Students
- Funding for Disability-Related Expenditure
- Support with day-to-day living
- Financial Support
- Special Examination Arrangements
- Disability IT Support
- Disclosure and Confidentiality
- Information For Staff
- Study Skills Information Sheets
- Support Workers for Disabled Students
- Institute of Education Students
Funding for Disability-Related Expenditure
UCL recognises that disabled students may have to incur additional costs in order to pursue their studies. Because international students are not eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances, the UCL Fund for Disabled International Students has been established. The purpose of this fund is to support international students with disabilities so that they may benefit from an academic experience similar to that of their UK peers.
To be eligible for support from the UCL Fund for Disabled International Students
- You must be enrolled at UCL
- You must be able to show that you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty (e.g., dyslexia) that affects your study such that you will incur extra costs
How can the UCL Fund for Disabled International Students help me?
- If you need specialist equipment – such as a digital voice recorder to use in lectures and seminars, a laptop, specialised computer software, a radio aid – these can be loaned to you for the duration of your studies
- If you have a diagnosis of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulty, and are registered with Student Disability Services, funding can be provided for specialist tuition in literacy and study skills
- If it is agreed with Student Disability Services that you need a note-taker, or other non-medical helper for course-related needs, the Fund can meet the costs (up to a maximum hourly rate and hours assessed as reasonable by Student Disability Services)
- Other costs related to your studies may also be covered – however, we cannot fund disability-related expenditure which would be incurred if you were not following a course of study (see Support with day to day living)
How can I benefit from the UCL Fund for Disabled International Students?
You do not need to apply – you simply need to register with Student Disability Services
You will need to supply evidence of your disability. This should be a medical report or a written medical statement from a doctor, consultant or appropriate qualified specialist confirming the nature of your disability or condition. In the case of specific learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia or dyspraxia), you will need to supply a full diagnostic assessment carried out after you were 16 years old by an appropriate professional, usually a psychologist.
Students taking part in Socrates-Erasmus exchange programmes may be eligible to receive Socrates-Erasmus funding for students with learning disabilities through their home institution or the UCL International Office http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students
International students should investigate sources of funding in their home country before coming to UCL.