Hello! My name is Nissi Kristo and I’m currently studying Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). I’ve been in Norwich for 5 years and I’ve always enjoyed my time here.
I first heard about UEA was from an educational agent back home when I was looking for a place to study a foundation course. They told me that as it's my first time studying abroad, Norwich is one of the safest places to live and start my studies. The university had everything that I need and it would be a good stepping stone for me. However, what convinced me to come was seeing a video of a fellow Indonesian studying here and hearing about her experience. I loved hearing that personal story on how life is like in Norwich and it made helped me actually see the possibility of me studying abroad by myself.
My application process went quite smoothly. I applied through UCAS and submitted all of the documents necessary, such as my educational certificates and personal statement. As I was studying from INTO UEA, they were a big help. I received a reply from UEA in no time and arranged an interview with them promptly. I went on a tour of the Pharmacy school, had a talk with current students and even though I was really nervous with the interview, it went really well. The interviewer was really friendly and she was open to any questions that I had as well. Soon after that whole process, I received a conditional offer with them and as my grades were particularly good in INTO, I was given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship as well.
When I first came to Norwich, I thought that it was very green. Coming from Jakarta, a big metropolitan city, this small city seemed like the complete opposite. The public transport was easy to navigate and I didn’t really need it whilst living in university as everything I needed was within walking distance and I loved that. Travelling further to the riverside gave me a much different feeling as it seems like the place where I can go with my friends for a bit of fun. The huge cinema made me excited for big movie premieres where I could watch the latest screenings with all of my friends. Plus the various restaurants surrounding it means that we could always find a place to suit everyone’s palate. Even during the pandemic, Norwich has been lovely. Eaton Park is so nice as a place to do outdoor sports or go for a stroll when my room gets suffocating. Not to mention the donkeys near campus which are always eager to say hi, at a distance of course!
UEA seemed like a sanctuary to me. When they said that the university was separated from the city, I was quite concerned on how to get groceries and medicines when I needed them, but everything was already there. The campus has its own shop, medical centre, bank, Sportspark, cafes and even a lake, or broad as the locals call it, which really supports all of my needs. Though initially I wasn’t a big fan of the architecture, walking around the campus during sunset changed my mind completely. Seeing the sun cast an orange glow over the Ziggurats will always be my favourite sight whilst living at UEA. All of the pictures I see on the website is what I was seeing in real life, with no filters and editing needed. It is the perfect scenery to end the day in UEA.
I am currently studying Pharmacy in UEA and taking the 5-year degree course. It helps me in the long run because for my pre-registration placement, I don’t have to be concerned about getting another visa that required sponsorship from my employer. During my time at UEA, the library that is open 24 hours every single day, is my second home. I have a hard time focusing in my own room so the library is perfect for me. Apart from that, the support I got from my peers and lecturers was beyond my expectation. I could always email them for questions or schedule one-to-one sessions when I didn’t understand their topic. Our university also adopts the anonymous marking system which means that favouritism is not a factor of concern when it comes to my exams. Overall, I’m happy with my studies throughout my years studying in UEA.
The Best things about studying at UEA and living in Norwich has to be the friendships and the people that I've met along the way. UEA has a smaller cohort of students compared to other universities which means that I get to know most of my course mates by the various projects and workshops that we attend together. I've met lifelong friends who I will cherish for the rest of my life and all the memories we made during our time in university.
I also feel safe even when I'm travelling home alone from the library in the middle of the night. The buses run until 3 AM and the short strolls from the bus stop to my home is not a concern for me. I think that freedom and independence is something that I could never have back home.
My advice to students considering UEA is to utilise the Ask A Student platform! I had so many questions about the UK, and couldn’t picture myself being there and actually pursuing a degree. If I had the option of talking to someone who was actually there and has experienced all of the things I was about to, then I would've asked them a million questions. You can also contact me by email at email@example.com or by messaging me on the Indonesian student Facebook page.
Perguruan Tinggi Negeri (Umptn) and Sma Leaving Certificate will be considered for entry to the foundation year courses.
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