The Social Support Office

Students with disabilities, health issues, or students facing social problems can visit the Social Support Office to discuss how these affect their studies, in complete confidentiality, as well as to seek ways to handle these problems (e.g. by providing extra academic facilitation and adjustments).
The Social Support Office Aim
The main aim of the Office is to provide the best and most efficient support possible to students with disabilities and health issues, so that equal access to their academic obligations is guaranteed. This is achieved through decisions taken by appropriate University Committees which are based on a) “The Education and Training of Children with Special Needs Act of 1999”, b) The Regulations “Regarding the Education and Training of Children with Special Needs of 2001 and 2003”, c) The available funding for supportive measures, and d) The practices followed by other countries. The difficulties faced by students are dealt with in cooperation with the appropriate Committee for Student Welfare of the University, the Faculty Members responsible for students support of each Department, the student’s professors, the administrative staff of the University, and other governmental services and organizations. Special care is given in improving the accessibility of the University’s facilities for all students.
 
Financial Support for Students

Students facing financial difficulties may seek guidelines from the Social Support Office. Every year a number of students receive financial support from the University of Cyprus Students Welfare Fund as well, from other external funds, following a referral from the Student Welfare Association.
 
Students may apply for financial support from the “Student Welfare Association”, through the Social Support Office. Applications are submitted every October, following an announcement posted on bulletin boards and online of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service website.
 
Other state-run Financial Support Options:
 
 
Cyprus State Scholarships Institute: www.cyscholarships.gov.cy

Ministry of Education and Culture – You can find all information regarding the State Student Welfare package (Student Grant, and Student Subsidies) here.
Social Support Office Officer Secretariat

Christina Matsouka-Andreou
Tel.: 22894052
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Andia Rousou
Tel.: 22894051
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Artemis Charalambous
Tel.: 22894047
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Useful Links
 
ASSOCIATIONS CONTACT DETAILS
Cyprus Confederation of People with Disabilities Organisations (KYSOA) Web: www.kysoa.org.cy
Tel.: 22318465, 22311602
  1. Pancyprian Organisation for The Blind (POT) Tel.: 22 813382
  2. Cyprus Paraplegics Organisation (OPAK) Tel.: 22 496494
  3. School for The Deaf Ηλ. Διεύθ.: http://eid-scholi-kofon-lef.schools.ac.cy
    Τηλ.: 22305422, 22305425
  4. Cyprus Federation for The Deaf (OKK) Τηλ.: 22 464196
  5. Pancyprian Association of Multiple Sclerosis Patients Web.: http://www.mscyprus.org.cy
    Tel.: 22590949, 25573661
  6. Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities Department  (Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance) Web: www.mlsi.gov.cy/dsid
    Tel.: 22815015
      
 
 
Guidance on available financial aid to students
The social Support Office informs students about financial aid options. Students with serious financial problems may be subsidised by the students Welfare Fund, on condition that they meet certain criteria.
 
Students may apply for financial aid during the second half of September each year. The exact period for application, is announced on the students announcements boards and on the website of Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service.
 
Part - time employment for Students
The social Support Office, offers part-time employment to students who are interested in providing support to students with special needs.
All students who are interested may contact the secretary of the Social Support Office Mrs Andia Rousou at telephone number 22894051.
The rate of payment to students depends on the level of their studies (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate studies) and the kind of assistance that is provided.
 
Co–operation with Academic Staff responsible for students with special needs
Every department nominates its Academic personnel, who are close co-operation with the Social Support Office, in an attempt to give the greatest possible support to students in real need.
 
Admission of Students Based on Special Criteria
Every year a number of students are admitted by the University of Cyprus based on Special Criteria. Some of the special criteria that must be met are as follow:
  • The Candidate must have taken the National exams organised yearly for this purpose by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
  • The candidate must have obtained at least 90% of the mark archived by the last candidate, who has succeeded in obtaining a place at the particular program of studies.
  • The candidate must have taken all the relevant subject exams required for the particular program of studies
Some categories which come under the special needs criteria are:
  • Students with serious social and financial problems
  • Top athletes
  • Students age 30 and over
  • Students from certain religion groups, etc.
For more information please visit the website of Academic Affairs and Students Welfare Service.
 
 
 
Students who wish to discuss their special needs (social, financial, academic, health etc) may arrange for a personal meeting with Mrs Christina Matsouka - Andreou, head of Social Support Office at telephone number 22894052.