Hello there! My name is Ekaterina Dudakova and I am studying BA English Literature and Drama at UEA.  

UEA was recommended to me by my Student Advisor at the college I used to study in during my foundation year, because I was interested in studying both English and Drama. I chose UEA because when I came on campus for my interview for the first time, it really felt like the place I belonged.      

I applied through UCAS and sent my personal statement together with the grades I received at my college. I was invited for the audition and interview in the Drama Department and even got a chance to get a campus tour together with it as well. After my audition, I received a call the same day and was notified I got a conditional offer.    

I found it Norwich to be really beautiful, medieval and an adorable city. I loved the small cafes in the city, the huge variety of thrift bookshops and beautiful old streets like Elm Hill.  As soon as you dive into it and start studying and fully living here, going out with your friends to the cute restaurants like The Bicycle Shop, Tipsy Vegan or Olive’s, getting coffee and studying in the lovely little cafes like Strangers, Artel or Alchemista, getting street food from our one and only Norwich Street Market, you will then be able to fully experience and see the charm of Norwich, and (most likely) fall in love with it.    

My first impression of UEA was that it was incredibly welcoming and friendly, unlike all other institutions I applied to. All the space around campus is absolutely fascinating – UEA's lake and the park have become my favourite places here.      

I am studying a joint degree in BA English Literature and Drama, which means my grades are going to take 50% for English and 50% for Drama in my diploma. Now it is my third year at UEA and currently I am finishing writing my Literature dissertation and work on my Autumn term modules, and getting ready for all the practical modules in Drama next term, where I’ll be able to produce my own theatrical piece, as well as an adaptation of a book to dramatic play.  I find UEA a very unique place academically, because it really pushes your understanding of the humanities through interdisciplinary approaches to the subjects. I study English and Drama as my main subjects, but I have also learned so much about History and Politics and even Environmental Science, because my passion and curiosity were encouraged and welcomed by my tutors. 

This year, apart from doing my studies, I organised an environmental festival, called UEA COP26 Festival, which was done on university level, went up to Glasgow to do activist work at COP26, became President of the Russian Speaking Society and organised a variety of academic and social events around Russian-speaking cultures, continue being a member of the Minotaur Theatre Company and the Drama and Musical Theatre Society, as well as ambassador for Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. I would never be able to get all these opportunities and experience if it wasn’t for the welcoming and intellectually-motivating atmosphere at UEA.  

If you are looking for a university where you are going to be challenged intellectually and grow as an academic, as well as able to easily socialise from the start of your education, or are looking for a place where you can see a bunch of bunnies running and jumping around campus then UEA is for you. Choose according to your instincts and if this place feels like home, it is definitely the right one. And remember to bring adapter plugs, your favourite blankets and food that will remind you of home.  

In case you have any questions or want to find out more about life at the UEA and you can chat to me directly through the Uninuddy platform.

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Accepted qualifications

  • Please refer to each course page for specific A Level and IB requirements.

    Other qualifications, gained after 13 years of education, can be considered for direct entry onto undergraduate courses.

  • Those completing an undergraduate degree will usually be considered for entry onto Masters programmes. For most courses we require equivalent to a UK 2.1.

    Those completing a Masters degree or with substantial research experience in their degree can be considered for Research degrees (MPhil, PhD).

  • All applicants to the University of East Anglia must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language before they can be admitted onto any course or programme. 

    The below are guidelines only.  Please be sure to check the requirements for your specific course


    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component



    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in only two components and 6.0 in the others


    *We also accept a wide range of other English language qualifications, such as TOEFL, Duolingo and Pearson, as listed here.

    *Those not meeting the above English language requirements are encouraged to consider and English Language programme at INTO UEA in preparation for our degree courses. *We also accept a wide range of other English language qualifications

  • If you are not eligible for direct entry you are encouraged to look at our pathway programmes on campus at INTO UEA:

    • The INTO Foundation is the perfect preparation for progression onto a range of UEA undergraduate degrees
    • International Year One course leads onto the 2nd year of degrees in several subject areas
    • The INTO UEA Graduate Diploma prepares students for several of UEA’s Masters programmes.


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