Hello, I am Assel Medettegi, and I am a student ambassador for Central Asia at UEA!

I am currently studying Media and International Development. Also, I am a recipient of the fully funded international scholarship “Bolashak” of the President of Kazakhstan.

After getting a degree in journalism and political studies, I was working as an international journalist and communication officer in government and private companies in Kazakhstan for six years. In order to gain international experience and deepen my knowledge in communication field, I decided to apply for master’s degree. I had unconditional offers from different universities in UK and Ireland, but I give prominence to the University of East Anglia for three main reasons.

Firstly, Media and International development is an interdisciplinary course, I can learn from experts across different disciplines, climate change, anthropology, development practice, economics, and media for social change.

In addition, the international development school at UEA has been ranked as one of the top 15 institutions in the world for development studies in 2022. From the first induction session, I decided that I want to become part of this community since staff and students are committed to making this planet a better place by conducting various international projects aimed to make difference in the world.

I also enjoy attending cultural events at our school, where we can socialize and share experiences with other students from around the world with different backgrounds and cultures.

Besides academic life, it is important for me to stay physically active, I am joining different group exercises and the swimming pool at UEA Sportspark. There are diverse range of various sport clubs to join and activities to do including climbing wall, gym studio, gymnastics centre, squash court and athletic track.

UEA student union provides services, activities, clubs, and societies to make students' life engaging, interesting and inclusive. I have joined the “Creative writing” society, which helped me to overcome my writing anxiety and start to enjoy writing.

You can always explore and take a break from studies by trying new activities at “Do something different” sessions. My favourite is art therapy where you can decorate flower compositions or paint a picture. Also, I explored lots of beautiful places in Norfolk by joining monthly trips held by DSD.

Studying abroad is challenging experience that will push the boundaries of your mind. However, is a time when you can make lifetime friendships and change your life forever. So, if you have any concerns about studying abroad or just want to chat with me, please feel free to ask anything.

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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   International Officer for Central Asia:

  Graham Wise - International Officer

     Chat with Graham directly

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