Academically qualified students who have a disability are encouraged to attend UBC. The Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus and the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus provide a variety of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Self-disclosing your disability
You are under no obligation to disclose your disability on your application unless you believe your disability will impact your ability to meet the academic standards of your degree of study. Disclosure does not impact your admission to UBC. Disclosure does not mean you are automatically entitled to receive disability-related accommodations. You must first register with the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus.
Second-language entrance requirement exemption
UBC can grant an exemption to students on the Vancouver campus who are unable to meet the second-language entrance requirement as a result of their disability. These exemptions may be granted if:
- your disability prevented you from learning a second language
- you were advised not to take a second language for disability-related reasons.
Documentation of your disability is required. If you wish to apply for a second-language exemption, please complete the second-language entrance exemption form. Please note: This entrance requirement does not apply to students on the Okanagan campus.
To find out more about eligibility for special consideration, please visit the Centre for Accessibility website.
- Request for second language course exemption
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- Download this form if you wish to apply for a course exemption for disability reasons.
Special admission consideration for disability-related reasons
If you do not meet the competitive admission academic standard for a faculty but are close to it, you may apply for special admission consideration for most undergraduate degrees.
You must demonstrate that you have been unable to meet the competitive standard due to disability-related circumstances such as a lack of accommodations for a particular disability, or a relapse or temporary worsening of a disability.
You will still need to demonstrate satisfactory academic performance following recovery. The presence of a disability alone does not qualify you for special admission consideration.
See the application form below and submit no later than the application deadline of your degree. You may contact the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus for more information.
Some programs and faculties at UBC have special processes set up to admit students whose circumstances differ from the general undergraduate admissions process. You should inquire directly with your program or faculty about these special procedures.
- Request for special consideration for undergraduate admission (Okanagan campus)
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- Download and complete this form.
- Request for special consideration for undergraduate admission (Vancouver campus)
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- Download and complete this form.
Once you’ve been admitted
Disclosure does not mean you are automatically entitled to receive disability-related accommodations. You must first register with the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus for more information. An advisor will determine your eligibility for these accommodations. Determination and implementation of academic accommodations is done according to UBC’s Policy 73 and current privacy legislation.