Study Abroad FAQs

COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

FAQs updated 03.09.2020

These FAQs are being updated on a regular basis - please continue to check this page for the latest information. 

If you have queries about your period of study abroad not answered below please contact UEA Study Abroad:

Emails and answerphone messages will be checked during weekdays between 9am-5pm (UK time). The automated responses provide 24-hour emergency contact details.

If you have specific concerns around your welfare or wellbeing, you can email UEA Student Services on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk. Your home or host university’s study abroad office will also be able to offer advice and guidance.

All information provided is given in good faith to support our students as best we can. Always check with the relevant official bodies for the latest advice. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad in the new academic year 2020-21 – what advice is there for me?

 

UEA Study Abroad has communicated with all students enrolled on a 4-year degree due to study abroad during the academic year 2020-21. The Study Abroad team is here to support you with your travel and study plans. 

Pre-departure activities will take place in the autumn for those studying abroad from January 2021 for either a single semester or full calendar year. 

UEA continues to monitor official advice and guidance. It could be that these unprecedented times postpone or prevent students studying abroad. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad for the spring semester 2021 – what advice is there for me?

 

UEA Study Abroad has communicated with all students who have applied for the optional spring 2021 semester abroad. The Study Abroad team is here to support you with your travel and study plans. 

Pre-departure activities will take place in the autumn for those studying abroad from January 2021. 

UEA continues to monitor official advice and guidance. It could be that these unprecedented times postpone or prevent students studying abroad. 

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad during the next academic year 2021-22 or 2022-21 – what advice is there for me?

 

UEA Study Abroad will communicate with all first and second years, including those on a 4-year degree and those with an optional semester abroad, during the autumn semester. There will be a series of virtual events and opportunities for you to find out more about your options, destinations and the steps required to study abroad. 

I’m due to go abroad in 2020-21. I don’t have accommodation in Norwich for next academic year so what should I do if I don’t study abroad?

 

The deadline for UEA accommodation is 31 July. Although returning students are not guaranteed campus accommodation, you can submit an application and it will be marked as 'non-guaranteed' (which you will need to cancel by email if you do study abroad). Non-guaranteed students are usually reviewed after guaranteed students have been offered accommodation, which may be as late the beginning of September.

Alternatively, you might like to look at privately-run student accommodation like Pablo Fanque and Crown Place, or Homestay (living with a family). The SU’s HomeRun service advise that there is a good supply of student accommodation in Norwich but have recommended that you wait before committing to accommodation contracts/financial payments. For further advice visit: https://www.uea.su/advice-housing/livewell/housing/househunting/.

I’m a UEA student and no longer wish to go abroad in 2020-21 – what advice is there for me?

 

Please discuss your decision with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator. Alternative options will be advised to you, to ensure you can meet the learning outcomes of your specific course. Certain degrees will not have a three-year variant so it is important you discuss your concerns with your Study Abroad Academic Coordinator before making any firm decisions. 

Year Abroad students need to formally request to transfer off the year abroad programme, by completing Transfer Form A, and to notify UEA Study Abroad so we can cancel your study placement with your partner university. 

All students due to study abroad in 2020-21 are advised to enrol on to third year modules as a precaution. Please complete LTS004 with your UEA module choices as soon as possible, in case it is not possible for you to study abroad in 2020-21, and contact your LTS Hub if you missed the extended module choice deadline.

I’m hoping to study abroad at UEA in autumn 2020, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

 

UEA is looking forward to welcoming you this semester! Whether you’re joining us for a single semester or a full academic year, all offer holders should have received regular communications from UEA and the Study Abroad team on preparations for the new semester. Further details can be found in our New Students 2020 - FAQS

There may be adjustments to modules offered for 2020-21. We will advise any changes to the autumn semester as and when changes are confirmed.

If you find you have any questions about joining us in Norwich please email visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.

I'm a visiting student who completed a period of study at UEA in June 2020 – what should I do?

 

You are now an alumni of UEA! Check your UEA email, e:Vision or Blackboard account for your results. 

If you fail one or more modules you will be contacted via your UEA email address and offered reassessment. If you do not reply to this email to confirm whether or not you want to proceed with reassessment, you will lose this opportunity and it will also delay your transcript.

If your pass all your modules, your official transcript will be sent when grades have been approved by your UEA School’s Board of Examiners. Your official transcript will be emailed to your personal email address and exchange students’ home university also receive a digital copy. We are unable to issue hard copy transcripts.

Should you have any queries please contact us at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.

I’m a UEA student due to study abroad or return to a study placement abroad for the spring semester 2020 – what should I do?

 

UEA Study Abroad has been in contact with all UEA students who were undertaking or were due to undertake the spring semester abroad, to discuss academic arrangements that ensure you are not disadvantaged.

A range of measures regarding assessments has been put in place by your UEA School to accommodate differing course needs, depending on your host university’s online provision or in cases where you were unable to commence a planned spring semester abroad. If you are concerned about your spring semester please contact your UEA Study Abroad Academic Coordinator

I’m due to study abroad at UEA in spring 2021, either as an exchange student or as a visiting fee payer. What is the current situation?

 

UEA is looking forward to welcoming you next semester! Offers are being made to applicants, including exchange nominations. All offer holders should have received regular communications from UEA and the Study Abroad team on preparations for the new semester. 

If you find you have any questions about joining us in Norwich please check with your home university or email us at visiting.uea@uea.ac.uk.

What should I do if I’m abroad and the circumstances change?

 

Whilst you are abroad you should keep up-to-date with local and international governmental guidelines. UEA will also continue to monitor official advice and guidance, keeping in regular contact with students abroad.

You should continue to access all available remote teaching methods and check emails from your host’s study abroad office or your hosting school of study for any changes to your assessment for the remainder of this semester.