Access and Widening Participation


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.
  • 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, UASC leave).

If you have any questions about applying to UCL for undergraduate study, you are welcome to contact Jennifer who is the pre-entry point of contact for forced migrant students: she can give you information and advice about the application process, or help you navigate UCL's admissions, support or funding services. 

Pre-entry support

We welcome forced migrant students who attend a 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. Please also note our general entry criteria

In particular, you many be interested in the Student Shadowing Scheme: this is an opportunity for students to come into UCL for the day and experiences what life is really like as a student. You'll accompany a current undergraduate student to a lecture, go on a tour of campus, and receive one-to-one advice on funding and support. The Shadowing Scheme is open to students who are currently studying or have completed a Level 3 qualification which would enable them to apply to UCL (for example A levels, BTECs, or Access to Higher Education Diploma). 

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

If you do not have the necessary qualifications to apply directly to an undergraduate course, you may be interested in the UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC). There are currently two scholarships available to cover the full tuition fees for students living in the UK from forced migration backgrounds: for more information please see the Bowman Scholarship webpage. 

Financial support 

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 able to access Student Finance support, and therefore will not be eligible for the Access Opportunity Scholarships. However, these students may be eligible for the below support: 

In addition, the UCL Financial Assistance Fund is available to support current students who find themselves in financial difficulties. 

Please visit the UCL Student Funding page for information on all scholarships and funding options, and the UCL Student Fees page for information on fee status categorisation. If you want further information about which fee status category you may fall under, please consult the UKCISA website.  

Pastoral support

UCL's Student Support and Wellbeing team provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to discuss any issues which may be affecting your ability to study. The team offer drop-in sessions or longer appointments, where you can speak to advisors about any personal or emotional challenges you may be experiencing; mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression; or disability concerns (e.g. dyslexia or long-term health conditions). 

Other sources of support

The below organisations also offer information and support to students applying to university: