How can we help? How can we help?

We know there’s lots to think about when your son or daughter is deciding where to study, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that address some of the common queries and concerns we hear from parents. 

From bathrooms to employment prospects, we hope you’ll find the answer to your question here, but if you can’t please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us:  


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How will UEA help my son/daughter get a good job?

Finding the right career path can be tricky. That's why our team of professional careers advisers are specially trained to support students, whether that’s by discussing options, helping them overcome obstacles to progress, presenting themselves to employers or finding opportunities such as part time jobs, paid internships, volunteering and student enterprise.


Will a future employer have heard of UEA?

We’d be surprised if they haven’t! We have a global reputation, ranking among the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020). Our teaching was rated Gold in the 2017-2020 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).


Career support

There are a number of ways we help students at UEA develop their experience and confidence as they prepare to enter the workplace. From events to Careers Mentoring, to Internships, volunteering opportunities and hundreds of part-time jobs. When the time comes, we can also support students in finding their first graduate level position, or in starting their own business. And we can help whether they want to do any of this either in the UK or abroad!

Students can make as much or as little use of these resources as they want throughout their studies and for up to three years after they graduate.


Can my child get a part-time job?

There are many employment opportunities available to students studying at UEA, not only in the local area but also on campus. Our careers service advertises thousands of jobs and the University also runs a Student Ambassador scheme, which allows students to pick their own working hours.


Are there realistic opportunities for students to find jobs in the local area?

There are many employment opportunities, not only in the local area, but also on campus. Our careers service advertises thousands of jobs and is the best place to start your job search.

The University also runs a Student Ambassador scheme which allows you to pick your own working hours and is relatively well paid. You will have opportunity to apply for this in the first few weeks you are at University.

How many hours per week can a student realistically work alongside their study?

This ultimately depends on a student’s own time management skills. However, we would recommend working no more than 16 hours per week.


International International

Is single sex accommodation available?

If students would prefer not to live with members of the opposite sex for any reason, they should let us know in advance. This information can be entered in the disability/medical/other field of the online accommodation form. We will try our best to help but we cannot guarantee same sex accommodation.

Are there any items not allowed in accommodation?

Prohibited items are: Personal fridge (Unless you have gained prior permission on medical grounds), Microwave, Mini oven/grill/heater, Washing machine, Candles (or any other apparatus for combustion, such as an oil burner, Pets (including insects, reptiles and fish), Soft furnishings (including bean bags, mattresses, floor cushions, rugs), Curtains or fabric hangings, Obstructive furniture (any additional furniture which in any way obstructs access to or from your room or bathroom entrance), any class of weapon or firearm (including fireworks, air pistols, paint ball guns, ammunition and replica guns)

What is your quota for international students?

On average, UEA has 3500-4000 international students enrolled on campus each year and we do not have a maximum limit for the number of international students that we can register on the majority of our courses. Some courses in the Faculty of Medicine and Health have a quota for the number of international students that UEA can register, due to a limited number of placement opportunities. 

Will my son/daughter need a foundation/bridging course before university?

UEA accepts a wide variety of international qualifications for direct entrance to its programmes. You can check your country page to find out whether your qualification is accepted. For those holding qualifications that we do not accept for direct entrance, INTO UEA offers a number of foundation programmes that lead into both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UEA.

Are there international food markets on campus?

Our on campus supermarket stocks a wide range of international ingredients. There are also a number of international food stores in Norwich city, catering to a wide audience.

How do students get around Norwich?

The UEA campus is based on the edge of the city and can be reached in 15 minutes by bus. There is a regular bus service departing the campus for the city centre and train station every ten minutes, and students can buy a discounted bus pass. Many students also use bicycles to get between the city and campus.

What extra-curricular activities are available for students on campus?

There more than 200 clubs and societies for students to join and participate in. This will allow students to meet others with shared interests, whether it’s climate change, drama, photography, music or basketball. All of these groups are open to all students.

Can international students work whilst studying?

Yes. Students studying on a Tier 4 visa can work up to 20 hours per week during semester and up to 40 hours per week during holidays.

Can international students apply for student loans?

The UK student loan system is not available to international students.

How/When do international students have to pay their fees?

All international postgraduate students must pay their £2000 deposit by 31 July to secure their place on the course they have an offer of admissions for. No deposit is required for international undergraduate students. Tuition and accommodation fees can then be paid in one lump sum, three instalments or nine monthly instalments after arrival on campus.

What and how much is the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge?

When applying for a new student visa for more than 6 months, international students will need to pay a healthcare charge as part of their visa application. More information including the costs can be found on our Immigration Healthcare Surcharge web pages.