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Support for refugee and asylum seekers

As a refugee or asylum seeker, you may encounter some unique challenges in the transition to higher education. We have a personalised package of support available to help you have a full, enriching and enjoyable experience at Bradford.

We’re able to provide one-to-one support throughout the application process, as well as arrange individual visits to campus to see the facilities and meet academics and current students. We’re also able to arrange meetings with current University of Bradford students who are or have been refugee or asylum seekers themselves.

Am I a refugee or asylum seeker?

refugee is someone whose claim for asylum has been recognised and you have been granted official ‘refugee’ status. You would usually be eligible for home tuition fees and student finance.

An asylum seeker is someone who is in the process of seeking asylum, or the decision is still pending. Usually your fee status is classed as overseas and you would be ineligible to apply for student finance.

If you are unsure of your status, or you would be classed as a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch for support and our dedicated contacts will be happy to help.

University of Sanctuary

The University also offers support through the University of Sanctuary and the Sanctuary scholarships. For more information, please visit our City of Santuary webpage.

Find out more about the University of Sanctuary

The University of Bradford Progression Scheme

Our Admissions Team will take into consideration a number of contextual factors when assessing applications. Applicants who are refugee or asylum seekers will automatically receive an offer which is the equivalent of one A Level grade (8 UCAS points) lower than our standard entry criteria for most courses. Please make sure you select the relevant tick box on your UCAS application.

The scheme is designed to benefit undergraduate applicants whose personal and educational circumstances mean they could be less likely to receive an offer based on our standard entry criteria.

Find out more about the University of Bradford Progression Scheme

Supporting your journey to university

Usman Ahmed - Your Named Point of Contact

Usman is your named point of contact throughout your journey to university. Usman is here to support you in deciding if university is right for you, and to provide advice and guidance in making your university application. Usman will support you by:

  • Being your point of contact to provide individual support and information during any part of your journey to university
  • Providing one to one guidance with your UCAS application
  • Arranging individual campus visits to the University and meet our refugee and asylum seeker student ambassadors
  • Organising bespoke activities for you to find out more about university

If you are thinking about university, or a current applicant, please get in touch for further support. 

Usman Ahmed, UK & EU Recruitment Officer at the University of Bradford