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

I heard that international studies in UEA were highly regarded so I chose to study in UEA once I realised that the course content was suitable for me. In addition, I was able to get the International Excellence Scholarship and the tuition fees were relatively cheaper than other universities.  

I prepared my personal statement and two academic references for the application. It was a bit hard to find recommenders who know me well, so I recommend to work on that as soon as you decide to apply.  

I’d heard that Norwich was a small city, but I found Norwich to be very beautiful and a fun place to shop and eat out. In the city centre, there are some shopping malls and many restaurants.  

It's been only three months since I moved to Norwich. However, I’ve already found my favourite café, Japanese restaurant and shopping places. There are still many lovely places that I want to visit. On top of that, I found Norwich has beautiful nature. Especially UEA, which is surrounded by beautiful parks and lakes. On sunny days, it makes me feel like going for a walk.  

My first impression of UEA was that the people are very friendly and willing to help. On the first day, a taxi driver told me that students will help me once I arrive at UEA. As he had said, as soon as I entered UEA, students in the lodge and on the street talked to me and helped me get to my accommodation.    

I am studying MSc Climate Change and International Development. I remember that in the first seminar, my professor was very funny and friendly and that relieved me. In my first semester, all modules took place online. However, the teaching quality was satisfying. I had enough opportunities to have discussions with my classmates in breakout rooms during classes. I found it is easy to make comments and ask questions in the chat.  

If I could give any advice to students considering UEA I’d tell them not to hesitate to ask other students and university staff if they have questions. I know staff and students are happy to help you whether you are a UEA student or not. 

Studying at UEA is a great opportunity to take world-class and UK top ranked teaching and share ideas with students from all over the world. Besides the normal classes, there are many webinars hosted by UEA with guests from different organisations such as the UN. It is hard to study abroad but I learned life lessons by sharing those moments with my flatmates. UEA and the Student Union are always here to hear students’ voices. Their support and quick responses were very helpful. They always support and encourage you to do something different as the UEA motto goes.    

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, join us on Facebook or email me directly at 

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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



    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

     Chat with Tim directly

     Book an online Appointment


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