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International Students with Disabilities

Information for International Students

The College welcomes applications from disabled international students and we encourage you to declare your disability and your support needs as soon as possible. Telling us about your disability will not affect your selection as a student, but will enable us to assess your needs and inform you as to what extent we can meet your requirements.

Confidentiality

In order to help to put the right support in place for you the Learning and Disability Support may need to discuss your disability related requirements with other people and organisations.  If you do not wish the Learning and Disability Support to disclose your disability related information, you must inform them of this immediately.

Support for Students

Day to Day Living

The College does not provide support with daily living tasks, therefore you will need to think carefully about any non-academic, disability-related support requirements you may have, for example assistance with shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry or personal care.  The College may be able to give information about agencies which provide care assistants, but you need to be aware that you will probably have to meet the costs of this type of support yourself, as this is non-academic support and government welfare benefits are not available to international students.  Support with day to day living can be very expensive, so this is an extra cost for which you must budget.  You are advised to discuss this in depth with your sponsors and with the Student Hub prior to your application, as this type of support needs to be planned and resourced well in advance.

 Academic & Non-Medical Support

Please note that whilst disabled UK students are eligible for grants and benefits from the UK government towards their disability related costs, these grants are NOT available to disabled international students*.  You are therefore advised that you need to identify sufficient funding for your disability related support prior to coming to the college.

*EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years, and international students with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, are advised to check the eligibility criteria for UK Disabled Students Allowances. Check with your local authority or see this webpage: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/EducationAndTraining/HigherEducation/DG_10034898

As a guideline for you and your sponsors to work out the amount of disability related financial assistance you may require, the government allowances for Undergraduate UK disabled students are detailed below. (If a student has high support needs the sums below are often inadequate)

£5,161 for equipment per course

£20,520 for non-medical helpers per year

£1,724 general allowance for the purchase of books and printing consumable 

Daily living support costs can range from £10 per hour to over £20 per hour

Campus Accessibility

There is a network of accessible routes around the campus.  A campus access map giving details of these routes, lifts, parking spaces and toilets, etc is available via the web site at www.pca.ac.uk/students/campus.pdf.  The majority of buildings, including all key academic and support service providers are accessible to wheelchair users.  If there is any teaching space that is not accessible, flexible timetabling is used to ensure that lectures and classes are held in alternative accessible venues.  The reception area and the lecture theatre have induction loops fitted for hearing impaired students, portable loops are available for use in other areas within the college. 

A Deaf Alerter system linked to the fire alarm system is also in operation.

If you have any specific access requirements please inform Learning and Disability Support as soon as possible. 

If you require more information or a copy of this document in an alternative format, please contact us as soon as possible.

For information on support available, please contact our Disability and Learning Support Team.

T: 01752 203434 Ext 215 or 220

E: learningdisability@pca.ac.uk