Updated 09.06.21

On 4 January, the Prime Minister announced new national restrictions for England – you can find full details on the Government’s website.

Please read below for more information on how the new restrictions affect UEA.

Advice for new applicants and offer holders

What will teaching at UEA look like in September 2021?


For students commencing studies in September, it is our intention to provide as much face-to-face teaching as possible, making the most of our campus for physical learning and using virtual activity to support this. The exact balance of physical and virtual learning study will depend upon your subject, but everyone will attend classes in person if Government regulation allows.  

Our priority is to create a teaching environment that is:   

  • Safe
  • Academically Effective
  • Flexible
  • Engaging

We will continue to monitor what is a constantly evolving situation and will provide further updates accordingly. 

Will all campus facilities be open in September 2021?


Government guidance allowing, we expect the campus to be fully functional ahead of your arrival in September. Current students are returning to campus ahead of the resumption of face-to-face teaching last month.  Our campus facilities are opening up with COVID safe measures in place, and the safety of both our staff and our students remain our priority.

Will there be a Welcome Week in September 2021?


Yes! We’re looking forward to welcoming you in September, and we’re busy planning your Welcome Week with our colleagues in the Students’ Union. Welcome Week will start on Monday 20 September for undergraduate students, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to make friends, settle into life at UEA and see everything that our vibrant campus and city has to offer. We’ll let you know as soon as Welcome Week plans are confirmed.

I’m an applicant/offer holder for September 2021 entry and my exams have been cancelled due to the pandemic – will this affect my application?


We are in regular contact with the Government, UCAS and the exam boards, and we will continue to provide applicants and offer holders with updates. The Education Secretary announced on 06.01.21 that teacher assessed grades will be used to replace cancelled GCSEs and A-Levels in England. For all vocational qualifications (e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Technicals) – where exams have not taken place, there will also be teacher assessed grades.

Please be reassured that we will be taking a flexible approach to our decision making. We know every student has more to offer than just their exam grades. Everyone has interests, skills and ambitions that are not always reflected in subject results. It is for this reason we have always looked beyond results to what each student brings to the wonderful UEA community. We will always take a holistic approach to your application, including your personal statement, previous academic achievements and interviews/auditions for relevant courses. Interviews and auditions will continue virtually.

We are committed to providing a stable admissions process that protects your interests, and we will continue to follow the UCAS deadlines so you can continue to think about the best course choice for you.

We understand that these are difficult circumstances for you, and the UEA Admissions Service is here to help.

What support will be available to me if self-isolation/quarantine rules are still in place in September 2021?


UEA has been supporting students that have needed to self-isolate or quarantine throughout the pandemic, and will continue to do so if quarantine restrictions are still in place in September 2021.

We currently provide support with:

Food/shopping – There a number of options available. Campus Kitchen are currently offering a meal delivery service for students living on campus – which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the supermarket on campus is offering same-day deliveries through their Snappy Shopper service. Students can also find a list of supermarkets in Norwich offering grocery delivery services through our Self-Isolation Guide (UEA login required). If students are having difficulty getting delivery slots or ordering food whilst in self-isolation, we can provide support – and if students can’t get food for their first night in isolation, we can provide them with a meal free of charge if they’re living on campus. Students may also be eligible for support under the Norfolk Assistance Scheme.

Cleaning – We’ll provide a range of cleaning materials to those isolating/quarantining on campus so students can keep their flats as clean as possible.

Wellbeing – We have a wide range of wellbeing and mental health support available for students, including Student Services and 24/7 professional health and wellbeing advice from Health Assured. Student Services will contact students at the beginning of their self-isolation period to check in and make sure they have all the information they need – students have the opportunity to discuss any specific circumstances or support they may require during self-isolation. They will also arrange follow-up calls both during and after your self-isolation period.

What are your English Language requirements for international students?


Please read our international language requirements for September 2021 on our webpages.

Are there any pre-sessional courses for international students that I can take?


We have a range of pre-sessional English courses available leading into September 2021. They are designed specifically for our entry-level standard and are available either online or in-person on campus.

For more information on Foundation, Diploma and Pre-Sessional English courses please go to our general English language and academic preparation course webpage.

UEA has international overseas support staff in China, India, Nigeria, the US, Malaysia and Vietnam, to help with any specific enquiries you might have. You can also contact the UEA International Office.

My course has a Study Abroad year or a semester abroad – what will happen with that?


We expect that any travel restrictions will be relaxed by the time you start to prepare to study abroad during your second or third year. You will be enrolled on to a Study Abroad module, and will be provided with timely updates and timetabled briefing sessions to ensure you’re fully prepared, right from the outset, for your study abroad journey with UEA. For more information, please see our Study Abroad FAQs.

What about extra-curricular activities outside of my studies?


Your UEA student experience also supports your personal development and wellbeing, ensuring you are well prepared for life beyond graduation.

Alongside teaching and private study, there will be time for you to develop your professional and personal skills. You'll be able to choose from a range of different opportunities, such as becoming a student rep; attending study skills, wellbeing, or careers workshops; doing work experience or volunteering; running a student society or sports club; becoming a peer learning mentor. You can even gain recognition for your skills and achievements through the UEA Award scheme.

Uea(su) run a wide range of events and activities for students, and you can find the current list of clubs and societies on their website. There’s also the Do Something Different programme, delivered by uea(su) with support from UEA, to enhance your time at university.

What support is available to students at UEA?


UEA is committed to supporting all students to help them succeed in their studies. We provide a wide range of support, including:

  • Mental health/wellbeing – in combination with the Wellbeing team in Student Services and access to Health Assured, all students have health and wellbeing support 24/7, 365 days a year  
  • Finances – students can get help with budgeting, financial support and impartial advice from our experienced Student Life Advisers
  • Residential life – 24/7 support for students in UEA Accommodation from our Residential Life Team
  • Disability – support for all students with a disability (physical, mental or Specific Learning Difficulty), long and short term and acute medical conditions
  • Study support – Our Learning Enhancement Team can help students study more effectively and improve their work
  • International student support – help with settling into life in the UK, visa and immigration advice, and general advice (such as how to open a UK bank account)

For more information on support available at UEA, please see our Student Support pages.

I might need support at UEA because of a disability/medical condition – do I need to let the University know before I arrive?


Yes – it’s important to let us know as soon as possible to ensure that any support needs or other necessary arrangements can be discussed and organised in advance. Please complete this form and a member of Student Services will get in touch in due course.   

I’m still deciding on my firm and insurance choices. Is UEA Accommodation on a first come, first served basis?


Here at UEA we understand the challenges of making decisions about your next steps in the current circumstances. That’s why we guarantee accommodation for our applicants, as long as they meet the conditions outlined here.

We don’t operate a first come, first serve policy and consider all accommodation applicants once the deadline has passed. In the last couple of years, we have managed to offer around 63% their first choice of accommodation and 93% of students received a room choice from their top three. We never ask for a deposit and have a 7 day 'cooling off' period from the start of your licence. 

Where can I find more information on UEA Accommodation?


Please visit our Accommodation pages to find out more about the range of accommodation we offer and how to apply. The Accommodation Team have also put together a list of FAQs to help students understand more about living on campus and the application process.


Where can I find more information on student finance, scholarships and bursaries?


At UEA, we believe that everyone should have access to a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances.

You can find funding options, including information on student finance for UK students and fees and scholarships for international students, on our website. You can also watch a webinar on student finance and scholarships, covering the different types of loan available, how to apply, how the repayment process works and what extra financial support is on offer at UEA.

UEA also offers a bursary scheme to support students in their studies – find out more on our Bursaries page.

I’m a prospective international student – where can I find more information on visas and immigration?


UEA can provide international students with all the information and guidance you will need for your time studying abroad, including how to navigate the visa application process, when to apply and the different types of visa – you can find this all on our Visa Advice page

For specific queries please contact admissions@uea.ac.uk.

Postgraduate research applicants - frequently asked questions

I’m a prospective postgraduate research (PGR) student – can I still apply for 2021 entry?


We accept applications all year round.

International applicants need to apply at least four months before the intended start date, and Home applicants at least two months before.

Please see our research with us applicant pages for more details. 

Do I have to be present in person in Norwich from the start of my course?


The University normally recommends that full-time students live within 50 kilometres of the University to enable full engagement with their course.

We also expect all postgraduate research students (full-time and part-time) to meet with their supervisory team on a regular basis, normally in person. Additionally, some postgraduate researchers have further residency requirements imposed by their funder or by immigration requirements.

Given COVID-19 restrictions, in 2020-21 some postgraduate researchers may request to start their course remotely and then move to the Norwich area during 2020-21 as soon as it is possible to do so. You will need to have an individual Blended Learning Concession approved, which will require approval from your supervisor, your funder and the Academic Director of UEA Doctoral College.

Please contact pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk for further details. 

Can I defer my offer to a later start date?


If you have not deferred an offer before, we will normally consider a request to defer until the next PGR entry date, for example from 1 October 2021 to 1 February 2022.

The standard PGR entry dates are 1 February, 1 June and 1 October for most research programmes. At present, due to COVID-19 impacts, we are willing to consider any requests to defer offers for up to 12 months from the original entry date offered, for example from 1 October 2021 to 1 October 2022, provided that the request is made by the application deadline for that intake.

If you have deferred your offer previously and you wish to extend it beyond this period of 12 months then you will need to make a new application and we will need to interview you again.

All deferrals will need permission from the School or Institute before we can approve them. Where this is good reason to do so, we can consider start dates other than the standard entry dates; this needs approval from the Faculty Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research.

I hold an offer from UEA for a postgraduate research programme. However, I am worried that due to COVID-19 I won’t be able to complete required tests or that I won’t have my formal degree certificate available by my start date. What should I do?


We recognise that COVID-19 has disrupted exams and studies for many applicants.

Provided you have been awarded a certificate of completion for your current studies, we will accept these qualifications as long as they meet the conditions of our offer. In all cases, we will be as flexible as we can with our minimum grade requirements and will take into account any impacts of COVID-19 disruption.

What will campus be like during 2021 for postgraduate researchers?


We're working hard to ensure all of our postgraduate researchers are well supported through individual advice from supervisory teams and expert technical and professional support services. We’ve put plans in place so that we can adapt to changing circumstances and continue to deliver high-quality research supervision and doctoral training events.

To ensure safety, we have introduced one-way systems on campus, marked areas to maintain social distancing, and hand sanitising stations are being installed at key locations.

During 2021, we expect to operate a blended approach where some meetings and supervision will be virtual using Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate software. Supervisors will be encouraged to meet face to face with postgraduate researchers where this is safe to do so, for example to take a socially distanced walk around our campus lake, the Broad.

Key induction sessions will take place online, as will many personal and professional development sessions. We will provide detailed health and safety guidance and inductions to keep everyone safe on campus, and advice on accessing archives and other research facilities.

The UEA Library is open with social distancing, one way systems and cleaning wipes in the IT spaces so you can wipe down your keyboards and mice after use.

We will follow government advice on opening times and student numbers. We can move quickly back to a click and collect service if lockdown rules change.

Have you offered to reimburse or reduce tuition fees for postgraduate researchers?


UEA has remained open throughout the lockdown. Our supervisors and training coordinators, and our Careers Service, Postgraduate Research Service, and Student Services teams, have continued to provide supervision, training sessions and advice virtually throughout this period.

In line with the approach endorsed by the UK Office for Students, we have not offered any blanket reduction or reimbursement of fees. However, we are sympathetic to the challenges faced by our postgraduate researchers. We have offered fee payment flexibility and no-cost extensions to many individual postgraduate researchers affected by COVID-19 and extensions of stipend to funded researchers.


Will the University make allowance for the timing of probationary reviews due to COVID-19 restrictions?


For postgraduate researchers who were due to have a probationary review in spring 2020, we extended the deadline for all probationary reviews, allowed them to be held virtually, and were sympathetic to individual circumstances affecting progress. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will take similar actions again during 2020-21 if it seems appropriate.


How much time should I allow for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance?


The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is relevant to international students subject to UK immigration control.

We recommend you apply as soon as possible - currently the turnaround for ATAS certificates is taking up to 8 weeks.

What accommodation and self-isolation options are available?


UEA extended its accommodation guarantee in 2020 to cover UK, EU and International postgraduate research students who applied by the deadline of 31 July.

If you did not apply by this date, please see the accommodation frequently asked questions to see if there are still options available.

Other information about accommodation and self-isolation is included in the Advice for New Applicants and Offer Holders section above. Current students can also read our self-isolation guide (login required) which applies to those who must self-isolate whether you are living un university or independent accommodation.

The UEA Students’ Union also has a guide to renting private accommodation in Norwich.

I am a postgraduate research applicant and have another question. Who can I speak with?


You can send your question to pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk. The team will be happy to help.