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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Please complete our short application form. 

Is there a course deadline?

We aim to keep to a deadline of 5 weeks before a course starts but we can be flexible and if there are spaces we will do what we can to fill them however close to the start date we are. 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 at UEA?

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?

International Development UEA does not have any funding of its own. Occasionally we are able to offer scholarships for particular courses, details of which can be found on the course pages. As a rule all participants find their own funding. If you know you may be able to source some funds we are prepared to send a conditional acceptance letter. Please complete our application form and we will then send you an acceptance letter that can be used as evidence of having been accepted onto the course. You can then pay the balance of the fee once the funding has been secured.

How do I pay the course fee?

Course fees can be paid by cheque or bank draft, credit card or directly into our bank account. Once you have submitted the application form you will be sent an invoice with all the necessary account details

What are your terms and conditions?

You can find our full terms and conditions here

What does the fee cover?

The fee covers all the course tuition, sometimes it covers accommodation but you should check the course details about this, books and coursework related to the course plus access to the university library and some other facilities of the university. It does not cover any meals unless stated in the course information. Notwithstanding this, it will include at least one ‘welcome' meal.

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. See FAQ above' Is there a course deadline?'.

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. For the Impact Evaluation there is a requirement for participants to have knowledge of statistics and statistical packages and commonly available software packages for e.g. Excel. 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.  


Applicant cancellation

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.