Disability-related considerations

UBC seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. If you have a disability or ongoing medical condition, the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus and the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus provide a variety of services designed to remove barriers to your academic success.

Disclosing your disability

You are under no obligation to disclose your disability in your application to UBC unless you believe your disability will impact your ability to meet the academic standards of your degree of study. In order to access disability-related accommodations, please register with the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus.

Special admission consideration

If you are close to, but do not quite meet, the competitive academic standard for your degree of choice, you can apply for special admission consideration. UBC may grant special admission consideration if:

  • You demonstrate that you have been unable to meet the competitive academic 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 demonstrate satisfactory academic performance following recovery. The presence of a disability alone does not qualify you for special admission consideration.

To apply for special admission consideration, please complete the form for your campus and submit it no later than the application deadline for your degree of interest. For more information, contact the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or the Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus.

Note: Some UBC faculties have different processes for special admission consideration. Please contact your faculty directly for more information.

Request for special consideration for undergraduate admission (Okanagan campus)
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Request for special consideration for undergraduate admission (Vancouver campus)
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Second-language exemptions

If you are a student on the Vancouver campus and you are unable to meet the second-language entrance requirement as a result of your disability, you may be eligible for an exemption. UBC may grant an exemption if:

  • Your disability prevented you from learning a second language.
  • You were advised not to take a second language for disability-related reasons.

If you wish to apply for a second-language exemption, please complete the second-language entrance exemption form and provide documentation of your disability.

Note: If you are a student on the Okanagan campus, the second-language entrance requirement does not apply to you.

Request for second-language course exemption
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