Hello, I’m Aiko and I’m the International Ambassador for Japan. 

When I wandered around the campus for the first time, I was amazed by the beautiful campus with nature. I could walk alongside of the lake and find rabbits and squirrels near my accommodation. I cannot forget how excited I was then to spend a year on this campus. It is really hard to be away from your home and study in abroad, but I can be relaxed on this campus. 

Of course, the beautiful campus is not the only thing UEA has to offer. UEA is a top ranked university in the UK, and I am feeling grateful for being a part of it. One of the reasons that I decided to study in UEA is this world-class teaching. I am studying MA International Development. It is a general course that you can get comprehensive knowledge. Additionally, you can take modules in other courses so that you can widen your perspective. 

 I studied International Cooperation in Japanese university and worked for 5 year and a half. Since my former job was not related to my bachelor’s degree and it had been a while since I was a student, I was nervous to try international studies again. However, I found that there are many students who have different backgrounds in classes and lecturers explain what we don’t know about. Moreover, UEA has many international students, and taking classes with them inspires me because there are discussions during a class so that students can share their thoughts or ideas about the topic based on their experience in their country, study, or work. 

For the application, I wrote a personal statement and prepared two academic references. It will take time to finalize the personal statement and collect references, so it is better to start preparing as soon as possible.  

On campus, UEA and Student Union have a variety of events for students such as webinars by guest speakers or socializing meet ups. You can try something new and may find your favourite here. 

In terms of finding your favourites, Norwich is a good place for that. It is not too small nor too big and you can find from shopping mall to cathedral. Also, you will be able to enjoy that there are many cafés which you can hang out with your friends or have a chill time. I feel comfortable and safe to live in this city. 

Chat with Aiko



もちろん、UEAの魅力はキャンパスだけではありません。私がUEAで学ぶことを選んだ理由の一つでもありますが、UEAはイギリス内で高い評価を受けており、高レベルの教育を受けることができます。私は現在、MA International Developmentという、ジェネラルに幅広く学べるコースに所属していますが、他のコースの授業も取ることができるので、自分の興味のある分野に挑戦し、知識を増やすことができます。









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 from 2.6 / 75% will be considered for postgraduate study. The exact requirement will vary depending on the previous university and the course applied for. UEA will also take into account your personal statement and references, and if you have work experience please include a CV in your application. If you would like to discuss if your qualification meets our requirement, please contact us to ask

  • 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* 6.0 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.

UEA’s Special Relationship with Japan:

Partnerships, degree options and student exchange programmes

UEA has had a special relationship with Japan for many years. Each year UEA welcomes Japanese students on a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate, INTO UEA and Study Abroad Programmes. UEA has always been a popular choice for students from Japan, it is in the top 10 for Japanese students enrolment numbers amongst all UK Universities (British Council HESA data 2018/2019).

We have partnerships with over 18 leading universities in Japan including Meiji University, Okayama University, Osaka University, Hokkaido University and Kyoto University. We conduct joint research with our partners in Japan, and we have set up a range of study abroad opportunities for Japanese and UK based students.

UEA offers a BA in Modern Languages where Japanese is a popular language option. At postgraduate level we offer an MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, in this course world-leading experts in Japanese Studies work with you to discover Japan’s art, literature, history, and politics. UEA’s Centre for Japanese Studies also usually offers short term Summer Programmes.


UK’s leading research centre for the study of Japanese arts, media, and visual cultures

Norwich is the home of the UK’s leading research centre for the study of Japanese arts, media, and visual cultures. Since 1999, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) has been developing and sharing its world-class research. In May 2011, the University of East Anglia established a new Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. Located within the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA, the Centre for Japanese Studies fosters Japan-related teaching and research at the University.




Japanese community on campus and UEA Alumni Association Japan

Our popular UEA Japan Society promotes Japanese culture as well as language and cultural exchange. If you chose to study at UEA, you are sure to be welcomed into a vibrant community on campus. Once graduating from UEA you will also be able to join our long running UEA Alumni Association Japan. Since 1995 our UEA Alumni Association Japan has offered support, networking and social activities to graduates of UEA. Each September the association hosts the ‘UEA Global Gathering’ in Tokyo and Osaka or Kyoto giving graduates the chance to meet either other, share their stories from Norwich and discuss future plans. 

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 International Office Staff for Japan:

  Tim Hubbard - Regional Manager

     Location: Norwich, UK

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