You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions about aspects of a particular course or College activity. If you have a question about our postgraduate courses, you can email the postgraduate administration team on postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk. If you have a question regarding our short courses, you can email shortcourseadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk. However, there may be an answer to your question in the list below so please double check before contacting us. Click on a title to open the answer, click again to close.

I’d like to be a volunteer helper at the College – what do I do?

If you are college alumni and would like to become a volunteer helper then we would love to hear from you. If selected, you can spend between one and three months helping with the running of the college as part of the community. In exchange for 24 hours of work each week in the kitchen, garden or in general service of the college you will be provided with lodging and all meals.  This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the experience you have had as a participant, taking a break from work or other commitments and immersing yourself in the transformative learning that takes place at the college.  Please contact Elizabeth for an informal discussion about opportunities available.

Tel: +44 (0)1803 847213 or email Elizabeth.Webber@schumachercollege.org.uk 


Can I work for the College in exchange for fees?

We do not have a policy of trading extra work for course fees. Routine work is shared by staff, course participants and volunteers who have already attended at least one course at the College and shown that they have the appropriate skills for such a role. We do have a limited amount of bursary support for people who are genuinely unable to afford our full fees, and some scholarship awards for certain nationalities and professional groups. Additionally a course is a very engaging experience and participant contribution to the running of the College is scheduled, additional work time of any significance is usually not available within a participant’s time table.

Can you recommend a local Bed and Breakfast?

Click here to view a list of accommodation near to Schumacher College

How do I get postgraduate credits for a short course and where can I use them?

Students with permission from their University may be able to take between 1-3 Postgraduate electives offered between January-April each year for Level 7 credits.  Those students interested in taking an elective for credits towards a current course of study should e-mail postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk to discuss further and to be guided through the application process.

Can my family come and stay whilst I am at the College?

As a Higher Education provider, running both postgraduate programmes and short courses, our accommodation is very limited.  The college is not able to accommodate family members in the college, but can recommend local B&Bs.  The nature of our short course programmes tend to be intensive and creative and we recommend that participants focus on their course in order to benefit as much as possible from their time here. Students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be able to bring dependents to the UK whilst studying at the College.

Why do your courses cost what they do?

 Course fees include simple, private accommodation, freshly prepared vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions unless otherwise stated. As a small independent college, Schumacher has a challenge to meet the costs of the very special and unique learning experiences we offer. Whilst we want to be accessible to all students, we must set fees that reflect these costs.

Our small bursary fund is designed to support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme.  The college tries to ensure that financial assistance goes to those most in need and is shared amongst as many applicants as possible. It is limited to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Where can I get funding to come on Schumacher College courses?

The college has a limited bursary fund for those in need of financial assistance for course fees.

We recommend that applicants explore their own funding possibilities – especially if they are students, as universities generally have professionals who know about potential sources of funds for their students.

For all applicants, there are directories of grant-making bodies available in public libraries in many countries. Although the British Council can’t usually assist with course fees, the office in your country may have information about grant-giving or educational trusts which you could apply to. Sometimes their web pages also give this information.

Can I extend my stay at Schumacher College, before or after a course?

Your accommodation is only booked for the duration of the course, ie Monday to Friday lunchtime.  If you plan to arrive earlier or later than the course dates, please use our Bed and Breakfast list to book your own accommodation.




How long has Schumacher College been around?

Our first course, on Gaia Theory, led by James Lovelock, started on 14th January 1991.

When you say “participants from all over the world” what really do you mean?

Exactly what we say! As long as you can speak English and are prepared to engage with ecological issues in a creative and challenging way, you can attend a course at Schumacher College, So far, 84 nationalities have been represented on our courses, with as many as 19 different countries represented in one course group.

What are the future plans for Schumacher College?

We have many plans for the future. The best way to find out about them is to join our monthly newsletter from the sign-up bar at the top of this page.

Can I hire the facilities at Schumacher College?

During times when the College knows in advance it will have unused rooms, it is possible for outside groups to hire part of our facilities. Visiting groups are able to use at least one of the College teaching spaces, have access to the library and AV facilities, and use of the grounds and gardens. We can also arrange bespoke courses, events and conferences. Click here to find out more