Hello my name is Tomoya and I am the international student ambassador for Japan. 

I am currently studying media and international development (with overseas experience) after finishing my foundation year at INTO UEA, which is why I have decided to pursue my undergraduate degree here at UEA. 

I lived in Switzerland for a total of 12 years before coming to the UK, and finished my high school education there. I did not have any second thoughts about coming to UEA because I knew the field I was interested in has an international reputation at UEA, along with having a beautiful environment to study. 

This is my fourth year at UEA and during this time I have received so much support from an academic perspective and non-academic perspective, which is one of the reasons I have truly been enjoying my time here. I always get a lot of help from lecturers and seminar leaders when I send them an email asking them for some advice. My advisor is also very friendly, asking how I am from time to time which gives me a sense of relief, taking off the stress I have from my studies. 

When you think about a nice campus life, sports and societies always come across my mind. With over 200 societies and more than 50 sports clubs, UEA provides a wide range of activities to do apart from academic things. I myself have also been playing baseball for 14 years and am the member of UEA Bluesox Baseball and Softball teams and I can say I have made a lot of friends through this, along with good memories. 

As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoy looking at UEA’s beautiful campus. Cherry blossoms in spring, sunshine in the summer, red leaves in autumn and snow on campus in winter are all breath-taking and would definitely look good on pictures. You can also see bunnies and squirrels running around the campus fields which is why I walk around campus during my free time. 

Studying abroad can be lonely at times, especially if it is your first time in a foreign country. This is why UEA and the international student ambassadors are here to help you. If you have any questions about studying at the University of East Anglia, why not chat to me directly through the Ask a Student platform or join us on Facebook.

Accepted qualifications

  • Those holding one of the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate study(Bachelor degree programmes): 

    • Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a recognised foundation/bridging qualification 
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum 32 - 35 points (depending on course) 
    • British 'A' levels with a minimum BBC-ABB (depending on course) 
    • Junior College 2 and 3 year diploma 
    • College of Technology 5 year programme diploma 
  • Holders of a good Bachelor degree will be considered for entry to postgraduate study (Masters degree programmes)

    Entrance to Master Degree programmes will be assessed on the overall GPA from undergraduate study.  Holders of a degree from a Japanese University with a GPA in the range of 3.5 to 2.75 (85% - 78%) will be considered for postgraduate study. The exact requirement will vary depending on the previous university and the course applied for.

  • 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 requirements for your specific course.


    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.5 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component
    PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components)* 62 overall with minimum of 42 in each component


    *We also accept a wide range of other English language qualifications

    *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.


Visit us in your country

We are regularly attending events in your country and welcome your interest. Please feel free to contact the relevant staff member responsible for your region or check our meet us page for more of our upcoming fairs. 

Alternatively, if you are planning a trip to the UK, why not come and pay us a visit? 

The University offers open Days and campus tours throughout the year. Our tours are geared towards giving international visitors the opportunity to experience our unique surroundings and first-class facilities. 

See what life is like on our campus and in Norwich and Norfolk


UEA works with partners around the world to promote our programmes and provide a service to students applying to the University. These partners have been carefully selected and we provide regular training to ensure that UEA is accurately represented and that the applicant experience is good. If you are unhappy with an aspect of your applicant experience, please contact us.

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