If you have any questions about applying to any pre-activity, please contact Suzanne Hewings: 


Forced Migrant Students

UCL recognises that forced migrant students can face particular obstacles when accessing higher education. 

We use the term 'forced migrant' to mean one of the following: 

  • Refugee
  • Asylum seeker
  • Unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  • Those who have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection)

Pre-entry support

We welcome forced migrant students who attend a non-selective state school to apply to any of our widening participation activities. Whether you want to have a taste of university life, get tips on the application process or learn more about the different subjects on offer, then make sure you submit an application to one of our programmes. 

In addition, the Student Shadowing Scheme is an opportunity for Year 12 students to come into UCL and explore what life is really like as a student: you will have the opportunity to accompany a current undergraduate student to a lecture, go on a tour of campus, and receive one-to-one advice from staff in Student Funding, and Student Support and Wellbeing. 

If you are a forced migrant student and are thinking about applying to UCL as an undergraduate, you are welcome to contact Suzanne Hewings who can give you advice about the application process, or guidance on UCL's support services. 


We offer Access Opportunity Scholarships to certain students who, due to their immigration status, are unable to access support from Student Finance. These scholarships consist of tuition fees and a living allowance of £11,000 per year for the normal duration of your programme at UCL. In addition all asylum seeking students who receive an offer for an undergraduate course will be given 'home' fee status by UCL. 

Students with refugee status or humanitarian protection will generally be categorised as 'home' students for fee purposes, and therefore will not be eligible for the Access Opportunity Scholarships. 

However, these students may be eligible for: 

Other sources of support

Please visit the UCL Student Funding page for information on other scholarships and funding options. and the UCL Student Fees page for information on fee status categorisation,