Applying to SOAS
Applications are considered on the standard academic criteria, regardless of any disability. The School has an Admissions Policy (UG) (pdf; 61kb) and Admissions Policy (PG) (pdf; 55kb) which are on the SOAS website. We do recommend that you contact the Disability Office on firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your application so that any potential adjustments can be discussed and so that you can decide if SOAS is suitable for you. We will do all that we can to make it possible for you to study at SOAS but in the unlikely event that we are not able to make the adjustments necessary we will let you know as soon as possible.
Before you arrive
If you have any medical evidence, reports from educational psychologists or a DSA needs assessment please remember to bring an electronic or paper copy of these with you when you come to SOAS. You will need these if you want the school to make any adjustments for you e.g. extra time in exams.
The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) provides funding for equipment, non-medical helpers and extra costs that are incurred as a result of course attendance. The DSA is only available to undergraduate students who are personally eligible for the Student Loan and for postgraduate students who pay home fees. For full details see Funding and the DSA
If you have already filled in a student loan application form but haven't received any information about the DSA from your funding body (Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland) OR if you have not yet indicated to them that you have a disability, it would be really useful if you contact them as soon as possible so that your support can be in place early in the new academic year.
You can find more information and DSA application forms from www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim. The Disability Office at SOAS also has stocks of the application form and can send one to you if you prefer.
The DSA can make a big difference to your university experience, so do consider applying for it as soon as possible. The process can take time (sometimes up to 3 months) so please don't delay.
International students are not eligible for the DSA but there is information about funding and other issues that you might find useful on the following website: www.skill.org.uk/uploads/international_students.doc and SOAS will still provide all the the support and adjustments for you that we can.