Inclusion Office

As part of its commitment to society, ESCI-UPF’s Inclusion Office works to ensure that all students can develop their potential by valuing educational diversity and guaranteeing the rights of high-performance athletes and people with disabilities or at risk of socioeconomic exclusion.

At ESCI-UPF we understand inclusion in terms of universal accessibility, as a key condition for promoting people’s autonomy based on equality and non-discrimination. Not only do we ensure that all our services, activities and spaces are physically accessible, we also guarantee that all members of the university community can play their part under the same conditions. Our aim is to safeguard all students’ rights to university access, course progression and employment options.

The Inclusion Office welcomes and supports students with special educational needs from the moment they arrive at the school. Any student can apply for support by submitting proof of their special educational needs. They will receive guidance throughout their time at university and the school will make any necessary adaptations to the course programme to offer them the required support and resources.

Adaptations and resources
  • Extra time in exams and for assessable activities
  • Greater leniency towards spelling mistakes
  • Large-print exam papers
  • Study habits and techniques
  • Resources to increase accessibility in different spaces at the university
  • Digital options for taking exams
  • Reserved front-row seating in classrooms
  • Wheelchair-accessible furniture
  • Option to take oral exams (in accordance with regulations and the subject in question)
  • Psychological Support Service
  • Support programme for high-performance athletes (Spanish version)
  • Mentoring Programme
Assistance protocol
  • Detection and welcome:
    1. Before the start of the academic year, students who present with special educational needs at enrolment are directed to the Inclusion Office for an initial interview.
    2. Students may also be directed to the Inclusion Office if academic tutors detect any special educational needs during their meetings with students.
    3. Students may approach the coordinator of the Inclusion Office themselves at any time.
  • Guidance and request for support: initial interview with the Inclusion Office to assess any adaptations or additional resources.
    1. Students provide the Inclusion Office with up-to-date documents proving their special educational needs and/or disability. (Personal data protection regulations restrict lecturers’ and tutors’ access to these documents.)
  • The Head of Studies signs off on any adaptations to the course programme and/or additional support provided.
  • Tutors and lecturers are informed of any adaptations to the course programme and/or additional resources required.

Follow-up meetings are held with students every term to review their academic progress.