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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Please complete our short course application form online

Is there a course deadline?

We aim to keep to a deadline of five weeks before the course start date, however we can be flexible. If there are spaces we will do what we can to fill them. If you know that your funding is likely to be available only after this date, then please let us know this and we may be able to keep a place open for you.

Do I need a visa to attend a short course?

Unless you are an EEA national you will require a visa to study in the UK, even for a short time. Whether you need to apply for your visa in advance from outside of the UK depends on your nationality. For some nationalities, it is not compulsory to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK to take a short course (applicants of these nationalities are referred to as 'non-visa nationals'). However, for some nationalities you must apply for a visa before travelling to the UK (applicants of these nationalities are referred to as 'visa nationals').


Whether you are a visa national or a non-visa national you will require a letter of acceptance from UEA to enable you to obtain the correct visa. If you are a visa national your visa will be issued at the UK Border. If you are a non-visa national you will need to apply in your home country.

I don't have any funding, what can I do?

The International Development Centre is unable to provide funding. As a rule all participants must source their own funding. If you know you may be able to source funds, we are prepared to send you a conditional offer letter that can be used as evidence of having been accepted. You can then pay the balance of the fee once the funding has been secured.

However, we can only confirm your place on the course once we have received the full payment of course fees. 

How do I pay the course fee?

Course fees can be paid by credit card or bank transfer. Once you have submitted the application form you will be sent an invoice with all the necessary account details. Please be aware that overseas bank transfers may take 2-3 weeks to arrive, so allow plenty of time when arranging payments. 

What are your terms and conditions?

Please read our short course terms and conditions carefully before submitting your application. 

What does the fee cover?

The course fee includes all tuition, course materials, daily lunches and refreshments, and an evening networking dinner unless stated otherwise in the course information. 



Do you accept late applications?

Yes, we do. It is always worthwhile enquiring even in the last few days before a course starts as there still may be places available. 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are stated in the respective course outlines. For all courses we require full competence in written and spoken English. Your professional experience will also determine your suitability for our courses. Acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of the Course Director.

What is your cancellation policy?

Every advertised short course requires a minimum number of bookings for it to cover its costs and run. In the event a course does not achieve a minimum number of bookings, we reserve the right to cancel the course up to 4 weeks before the course start date and will notify applicants by email. In case of cancellation by UEA, all course fees paid will be refunded. 


We reserve the right to make changes to courses such as moving location (within reason), changing tutors or amending the schedule.


UEA’s total liability to the participant in respect of any losses arising from or in connection with the short course shall in no circumstances exceed the value of the course fees. UEA will not be liable for any costs incurred with respect to travel, subsistence, visa applications or accommodation. Please ensure you maintain or take out the necessary insurance to cover such losses.  


If you wish to cancel your place you must put your request in writing no less than 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course, in order to receive a refund. An administration fee of £150.00 will be charged for all cancellations.

Are there health facilities on campus?

There are only first aid facilities on campus, If you are from a non-EEA country, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for private charges for the NHS treatment you receive in the UK except in a medical emergency and this is limited. Please note also that optician and dental charges are not covered by any reciprocal agreement and may be very expensive.

You may not automatically be able to receive a prescription for medication that you have been prescribed in your own country.