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Information for international students

UCT's Disability Service works towards a discrimination-free and inclusive environment that allows disabled students to participate fully in mainstream UCT life.

The Disability Service helps with:

  • advocacy on disability issues
  • support in transforming attitudes
  • access to inaccessible venues and designated disabled parking
  • access to lecture and study material in alternative format for people with sensory impairments
  • fully accessible transport between residences and lectures
  • accessible residential accommodation
  • a resource centre: literature and material related to disability studies and disability research
  • extra-time applications and other exam arrangements.

Applications for extended time in examinations

Applications for extra time in tests and examinations are submitted to a Senate subcommittee for approval. If you want to apply for extra time, or other examination concessions, register with the Disability Service and submit the required documentation as soon after your arrival as possible.

Applications on the grounds of a specific learning disability go through Margie le Roux, Clinical Psychologist and Co-ordinator: Specific Learning Disabilities, Disability Service.

For extra-time applications on the grounds of a physical disability or medical condition, register with the Disability Service and then the application is made through a doctor at the Student Wellness Service.

All students who qualify for extra time in examinations write their exams in smaller alternate examination venues. The maximum amount of extra time offered to students with specific learning disabilities is usually time and a quarter (15 minutes per hour). Students from the United States, who are accustomed to receiving time and a half must please take this into account when applying to study at UCT.

Please note: Only in the most exceptional cases (where students have severe or multiple impairments) will the university grant more than 15 minutes per hour extra time. In the case of a 3-hour examination a maximum of an additional 45 minutes is permitted.

If you have any queries, please contact Margie le Roux.

Other accommodations and support

Denise Oldham is the Direct Services Coordinator and arranges other assistance to support students' academic progress, including:

  • Assistive software
    JAWS, Zoomtext, Open Book, Read and Write Gold Literacy Software are available.
  • Assistive technology and furniture
    Large screen computer monitors, Merlin Print Magnifier, FM Transmitter, Domino Pro, Induction Loop system, Standing desk/podium, kneeling chair.
  • Human support
    Student volunteer support team, sign language interpreter, note takers for students with hearing impairments or physical hand mobility disabilities.
  • Text conversion of course material into accessible format
    Electronic, Braille, voice recording, print enlargement  (A3 maximum), transcription of audio recordings.

Documentation required

You must provide the accommodations letter issued by your home university. In addition, to apply for extra time on the basis of a specific learning disability you need to provide an assessment report from an appropriately qualified psychologist. If you have a physical disability or chronic illness please provide the relevant medical documentation.

It is frequently the case that students who apply for a time concession also qualify for additional accommodations. In order to expedite this process, please submit the relevant documentation before arriving in Cape Town. It is recommended that documentation be scanned and emailed in advance to Margie le Roux, including details of the nature of the disability.

More information on how to submit your applications.

Contact Staff

Manager: Edwina Ghall
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5089
Email: Edwina.ghall@uct.ac.za

Learning Disability Support/Clinical Psychologist: Margie le Roux
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 3616
Email: Margie.leRoux@uct.ac.za

Direct Services Co-ordinator: Denise Oldham
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2737
Email: Denise.Oldham@uct.ac.za

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