Elizabeth, UEA ambassador for Ghana

Hi! My name is Shariff Hakeem, the International Student Ambassador for Ghana and a Master’s Degree student in Education and Development.

Outside my academic life, I love to ride my bike to Eaton Park to enjoy the scenery. I also like play table tennis and pool with my friends in the Student Union Building. Occasionally I go to the UEA lake and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to enjoy the exhibitions and sculpture. 

In my quest to study abroad, I made for myself four guiding principles. The Course, Funding, Student Support, and the City. With these guiding principles I was able to filter my choices and settle with the University of East Anglia.  

I chose UEA because it has consistently achieved excellence in research and teaching. UEA stands tall in the Research Excellence Framework which is an indicator in assessing the performance of universities. My school, Global Development also ranks top in the world in academic research and practice with world renowned lecturers. Being a development enthusiast who finds interest in development issues pertaining to education, health, and the environment. My passion and quest is to identify how education can help unravel these challenges. My course MA Education and Development provides extensive insight in these areas. Fortunately, lecturers at UEA have extensive development experience with global organizations like UNESCO, Gates and Melinda Foundation, Oxfam, British Red Cross among others. In this regard they do not just teach us but serve as mentors through whom students can gain understanding of how development work operates. Also, UEA and the School of Global Development offers many scholarship opportunities of which I am a beneficiary. This really help reduced my financial burden. 

UEA is a very diverse and welcoming university. With over 250 clubs and society every student easily finds an interest. I am a member of ISOC. I also attend events held by other clubs and societies to have fun and meet new people. The CareerCentral at UEA provides students with important employment resources, mentorships and training that are relevant in shaping students for graduate work. The department also advertises information on part-time/graduate jobs. Campus life is lively and fun. The most exciting aspect of UEA is its respect/tolerance for students from all cultural backgrounds, special needs, and support.  

Norwich is a beautiful city that give you a blend of modern and traditional life experience. In choosing my university, I was very careful in choosing a city that was relatively less expensive and most importantly, was safe to live in. The people in Norwich are supportive and welcoming. There are so many places to visit and eat in the city centre with a very colourful environment. Norwich is a treasure in British history with exciting places to see; The Forum, Eaton Park and Norwich Castle amongst others. Fun fact! Norwich is also not far from London. 


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  • For direct entry to undergraduate programmes

    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.

    For direct entry to Masters programmes

    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.

    For direct entry to Research degrees (MPhil, PhD)

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

    INTO Pathway Programmes

    Holders of the Senior School Certificate of Education (SSCE) or West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE/WAEC) will be required to take a foundation programme before entering the first year of an undergraduate course.

    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.

    Find out more from INTO UEA.

  • UEA’s accepted English language certifications include IELTS academic, TOEFL and Duolingo, each of which are accepted with 2 years validity.  

    WAEC with English C6 is also accepted for most courses with a validity of 10 years.  Where certifications are older – e.g. WAEC older than 10 years, we can still assess your English as meeting our requirements where an undergraduate degree or higher qualification has been taught in English and completed within the last 10 years (we may ask for evidence that the course was taught in English).

    We advise applicants to submit any of the above documentation preferably at the point of application.


    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.

    Academic English Assistance

    For those not meeting the above academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry, INTO University of East Anglia offers a wide range of Academic Preparation and English Language Programmes designed to assist applicants enter UEA degree courses.

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 International Office Staff for Sub-Saharan Africa:

                               Deby Okoh (Mrs) - Regional Manager

Deby Okoh   Mobile/WhatsApp: +234 805 252 1957 

   Regional Office Address:
   1st Floor Suite A3 Goodnews Plaza, 4 Agbaoku Street  
   Awoshika Bus-stop (By TFC), Opebi Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

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