Updated 10 March 2022

This page contains vital information for prospective and new students to UEA.

It includes a general FAQ, and specific advice for international students and postgraduate research students further down the page.


Advice for new applicants and offer holders

I’m starting a course at UEA in January/February 2022 – what will teaching look like then?


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 some classes in person.

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.

Are all campus facilities open?


All facilities on campus, including shops, bars, cafes and Sportspark, are open and operating in line with Government guidance.

When will I be able to view my timetable?


You will be able to view your timetable shortly. You will also need to have registered with UEA before you can access your timetable – you’ll receive an email from registration@uea.ac.uk 30 days before the start of your course. Once you have your UEA login details and your timetable has been published, you can log into MyUEA and access your timetable via your personal dashboard.

I’ve not had my COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I’d like to before arriving at UEA – how do I do this?


You can book a COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website or calling 119, or there are various walk-in clinics across the country offering the vaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website.

I’ve already had my first COVID-19 vaccine – will I be able to get my second dose after I’ve arrived?


Yes – there are plenty of walk-in clinics in Norwich and the surrounding area where you’ll be able to get your second dose, and you can find your nearest clinic on the NHS website. If you prefer, you can also book an appointment for your second dose online or by calling 119. Please note that you need to wait 8 weeks after your first vaccine before having your second dose.

By getting both doses of the vaccine, you’re helping to keep yourself and your friends safe from the virus and helping to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Will I need to be registered with a GP to get the COVID-19 vaccine?


You don’t need to be registered with a GP to get a COVID vaccine – you can go to a walk-in clinic. However, all students are required to register with a GP during their time at university, and will be sent details on how to register with the University Medical Centre upon arrival.

Do I need to register with a GP once I’ve arrived at UEA?


Yes – all students are required to register with a GP during their time at university. We have a GP site on campus, the University Medical Centre, that you can register with.

What extra-curricular activities are available?


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/mental health 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.


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, loans 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.

What part time job opportunities are there on campus?

As well as job opportunities in the Cafes, Shop and Bar on campus, there is also the Student Worker Scheme.

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

International Applicants and Offer Holders - frequently asked questions

International students arriving to study at UEA from outside the UK are encouraged to complete our international student arrivals form.

This form will enable us to ensure a smooth transition during your arrival to UEA.

I am a new postgraduate taught student, commencing a health related course in February 2022. When does my course start?


Courses commencing studies in our Faculty of Medical Health in February 2022 have two start dates as follows:

  • 7 February – Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
  • 14 February – All Nursing courses and Dietetics

You are required to have arrived in the UK and completed any required isolation ahead of your start date. We are unable to offer a late start date for these courses.

Please read on below for details on arriving to campus and registering ahead of your start date.

I am a postgraduate taught student returning to campus, or arriving to campus for the first time, for my second semester study. When does the second semester start?


Students returning to campus after the Christmas break and those travelling to campus for the first time, having taken the first semester online, should arrive to the UK and have completed any required isolation ahead of the start of the second semester on 17 January 2022.

Please read on below for details on arriving to campus and registering ahead of your start date.

I am an undergraduate student returning to campus, or arriving to campus for the first time, for my second semester study. When does the second semester start?


The second semester at undergraduate level commences on 31 January 2022. Please note that you are expected to have arrived in the UK and have completed any required isolation ahead of this date.

Please read on below for details on arriving to campus and registering ahead of your start date.

I am a semester abroad student, arriving to UEA for the first time. When does my study start?


Your studies will commence on the 31 January 2022. We encourage you to arrive by the 24 January for registration and orientation, so you should aim to complete any isolation period by 24 January.

Please read on below for details on arriving to campus and registering ahead of your start date. 

Do I need to let UEA know about my travel plans?


All students travelling to UEA from overseas to are required to complete our International Student Arrival Form. You can do this as soon as you have confirmed your travel arrangements.

When is the last date for arrival?


Please note that 31 January is the last date you can register, and you should have completed travel and any required isolation ahead of this date. We will not allow students to register for their studies after this date.

Do I need to register for my course? When can I do this?


Second Semester Students Arriving to UEA for the First Time

All new students and those arriving to UEA for the first time need to complete registration. Our registration dates are as follows:

  • 17 January
  • 24 January
  • 31 January

Please note that 31 January is the last date you can register, and you should have completed travel and any required isolation ahead of this date. We will not allow students to register for their studies after this date.

Students returning to UEA for second semester studies should have also returned to campus and be ready to study by the 31 January at the very latest.

Postgraduate Taught Health Courses

Registration for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing Courses and Dietetics programmes commencing in February 2022 will have separate registration dates and these will be communicated directly to you by the school.

Postgraduate Research Courses

Registration for Postgraduate Research degrees will be managed and communicated directly to new PGRs and those arriving following a period of distance learning, by the PGR Service. The Service runs bespoke PGR registration events and PGR Students must attend these. Please do not attend events for Undergraduate or taught Postgraduate students.

What is the current UK Government advice around travelling to the UK?


There are currently two categories of travel advice depending upon your vaccination status and where you are travelling from. You can check to see which category you are by visiting UK Government Advice Pages.

Below is an overview of basic government guidance at 15 December 2022, however you should check latest advice and ensure you are full informed of travel expectations.

Status Pre-Travel Post Travel Self Isolation

Fully Vaccinated*

Take a COVID-19 test** within 2 days of your travel

Complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure

Take a day 2 PCR test (booked before you travel)

Self-isolate until confirmation that your day 2 test is negative

Not Fully Vaccinated or vaccinated under a scheme not recognised by the UK Government

Take a COVID-19 test** within 2 days of your travel

Complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure

Take a day 2 and a day 8 PCR test (booked before you travel)

Self-Isolate for 10 full days in your accommodation, provided day 2 and 8 tests are negative

*under a recognised UK government scheme
** You must check with your test provider that the test meets required standards

Note that the day you arrive is day 0, therefore tests will be taken on your 2nd and 8th (if applicable) full day in the UK. You should allow at least 24 hours for test results.

All students travelling to UEA from overseas to are required to complete our International Student Arrival Form.

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

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK?


Yes - anyone over the age of 18 in the UK is eligible for free vaccination regardless of nationality or immigration status.

If you have already received your first vaccination you should try to receive your second before travelling to the UK if possible. If not then you will be offered the same manufactured vaccination, if approved by UK government for use, or the most similar alternative if not.

You can find a useful FAQ sheet from the UK government here.

What support is available to international students at UEA?


There is a wide range of support available to international students at UEA.

Student Services have a dedicated team to help support international students, and can help with:

  • Personal/welfare advice – such as settling into life in the UK, or preparing to return home
  • General advice – such as opening a UK bank account or academic procedures, for example
  • Visa and immigration advice – such as applying for/extending a Tier 4 visa, or help with any general visa and immigration enquiries

Find out more about the specific support offered to international students on our website.

Student Services also provide wellbeing and mental health support, study support (including an English Language Support Programme), support with living on and off campus, finances and support for students with disabilities. You’ll also have 24/7 support from Health Assured, a programme which can help you with any personal or professional issues that may be affecting you.

Postgraduate research applicants - frequently asked questions

I am a postgraduate research student starting my studies In June 2022. When do I need to arrive?


The start date for Postgraduate Research Courses is 1 June and you will be required to register with the PGR Service. Your team will contact you with details of your registration appointment and the mandatory orientation events, academic induction and other training events, a couple of weeks prior to your formal registration.

Please note that your registration appointments may be held in advance of 1 June 2022. You should arrive to the UK and have completed any required isolation ahead of this date.

I’m a prospective postgraduate research (PGR) student – what start dates can I apply for?


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?


Yes. The University recommends that full-time students live within 50 kilometres / 90 minutes travel time 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.

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 June 2022 to 1 October 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 June 2022 to 1 June 2023, 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 2021-22 for postgraduate researchers?


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.

During 2021-22, we have operated a blended approach where some meetings, supervision and induction/training sessions have been virtual using Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate software.

We encourage postgraduate researchers to discuss their preferences for in-person or online supervision with their supervisory teams, and have encouraged supervisors to meet with you in person where this is safe and you want this.

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.


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’s postgraduate accommodation guarantee applies to international postgraduate researchers starting a full-time course in September or October, who apply by 31 July and satisfy other conditions.

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.