Immigration and visas

Please note: The information in this section is correct at January 2020 and is relevant to the 2020 International Human Rights Law (IHRL) Summer School.

EEA and Swiss nationals

If you are an EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss national you do not need a visa to enter the UK to participate in the IHRL Summer School this year. Even though the UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020, you will still be able to enter the UK for the Summer School as long as you show a valid EEA or Swiss passport on arrival. In the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement, the UK government plans to phase out allowing entry on production of a national identity card only, though there is no current information on when this might take effect. Therefore, if you do not currently have a passport, you may want to consider getting one if you are offered and accept a place on the programme. Countries of the EEA are listed at

For information about Brexit, see

We will update this page if anything changes and any applicants who have already been offered a place will be updated by email.

Non EEA/Swiss nationals

If you already have a visa for the UK (e.g. a work visa, Ancestry visa, dependant visa or any other long term visa under which you will already be in the UK for the period of the course) you will not need to change your visa to attend the Summer School. If you are in any doubt as to whether your existing visa allows you to attend, please contact for advice.

If you are not an EEA or Swiss national and do not already have a visa in one of the categories mentioned above, you may need to apply for a Short-term Student Visa to enter the UK depending which passport you hold. To check whether you require a visa to enter the UK, please visit the Home Office website.

Further information

Detailed information and advice will be provided if you are offered and accept a place on the course.  In the meantime, you are advised to visit