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* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component
    PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components)* 50 overall with minimum of 42 in each component



    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in only two components and 6.0 in the others
    PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components)* 50 overall with minimum of 42 in only two components and 48 in the others


    *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 the information below 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 Postgraduate Open Day - Online

Join us for one of our Virtual Open Days to go further and discover your next steps to a postgraduate qualification. Our open day events are designed to offer comprehensive information on our degrees, funding and application processes.
Location: Online
Cost: Free
Date: 23/11/2020-26/11/2020

Japanese Students - Ask Anything Evening - 18th December 2020

UEA would like to invite all students from Japan considering studying a degree or study abroad programme at UEA or INTO UEA in September 2021 to our UEA Japanese Students - Ask Me Anything Evening online event

Time: 8pm - 9pm Japan time (11am – 12pm UK time) on Friday the 18th December. 

Deatils: During this event, you will hear an introduction to UEA including our most recent updates and our 2021 scholarship opportunities. There will then be an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything Panel’ where you can ask us anything in English or Japanese. This could include questions about UEA, living in the UK, the application process or anything else you would like to know about us!

To sign up: please complete the Registration Form

Medicine and Health Science Virtual Information Week

Studying for a degree in Medicine and Health Sciences is an exciting prospect for many students and the first step in a lifelong rewarding career, but you may find the application process can be difficult to navigate and that you have many questions before you begin your journey. 

Time:  From 11th-13th January 2021 between 16.00-20.00pm HKT.

Link: Click to register

This event would be suitable for student’s years 10-12 (including current applicants and those preparing to apply,) parents, school counsellors and education representatives from Hong Kong and East Asian countries interested in studying Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing in the UK from 2021 and onwards.


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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