Akshil Shah

Hello! I’m Alyaa and I’m the International Ambassador for East Africa.  

I first heard about UEA from The UK universities league tables as I was looking for top UK universities to study International Development in. I chose to study International Development with Economics in UEA as the university has one of the best schools for International Development. I found the application was very smooth and clear. I applied through UCAS and UEA was actually the quickest university to respond to me. Being informed of my conditional offer will always be memorable for me as I was the happiest when I got my first university offer a couple of days after applying.   

Norwich felt so homely and easy to navigate as soon as I arrived and honestly, I am thankful for choosing this city as I feel like I would have been so overwhelmed should I have gone to a larger city. Pre-COVID-19, I always used to enjoy night outs in cocktail bars or clubs in Prince of Wales Road. Although COVID-19 has affected the whole of the UK and limited the amount of services, there is still a lot to do in Norwich. Taking walks to scenic locations has been my favourite activity since the lockdown has started. I also just enjoy walking through Norwich city centre and exploring little roads that have gems of places in there and just going to little cafes and taking away coffee or tea has been so therapeutic for me. Conclusively, there is always something new to do in Norwich.   

My first impression of UEA was that it reminded me so much of Kenya - the country that I arrived from and lived in for the last 4 years prior to starting university. There was greenery everywhere and a lot of nature including seeing birds and rabbits on sight. It reminded me so much of the places I was familiar with. I was also so happy to see the diversity of the people on campus.  

If there is one decision I am proud of in my life it would be choosing to study International Development at an institution liked UEA. I am someone who values the variety of courses and module and this was very possible at UEA! Although my degree is with a focus on Economics, I was able to take a lot of interdisciplinary modules within International Development (i.e. media and politics) and also outside of the school (i.e. I took a module from the school of History). This diverse spectrum of choices is definitely a reason why the teaching at UEA is so strong and it impresses me that UEA is working hard on making schools and faculties as interdisciplinary as possible.   

UEA is such a homely place and a good destination to arrive in especially if you are coming from East Africa.  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 our Facebook page or email me at eastafricanstudents@uea.ac.uk

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Accepted qualifications

  • For direct entry to undergraduate programmes

    Please refer to each course page for specific A Level and IB requirements.

    Other qualifications, gained after 13 years of education, can be considered for direct entry onto Undergraduate courses.

    For direct entry to Masters programmes

    Those completing an Undergraduate degree will usually be considered for entry onto Masters programmes. For most courses we require equivalent to a UK 2:1.

    For direct entry to Research degrees (MPhil, PhD)

    Those completing a Masters degree or with substantial research experience in their degree can be considered for Research degrees (MPhil, PhD).

    INTO Pathway Programmes

    Holders of the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will be required to take a foundation programme before entering the first year of an undergraduate course.

    If you are not eligible for direct entry you are encouraged to look at our pathway programmes on campus at INTO UEA:

    • The INTO Foundation is the perfect preparation for progression onto a range of UEA undergraduate degrees
    • International Year One course leads onto the 2nd year of degrees in several subject areas
    • The INTO UEA Graduate Diploma prepares students for several of UEA’s Masters programmes.

    Find out more from INTO UEA.

  • We accept KCSE English, taken within the last ten years, at a minimum level of C as evidence of your English language skills. In cases where the certificate is older than ten years, evidence of use of English in the intervening period either through work or further study at a recognised institution may be taken into consideration.

    Alternatively we accept IELTS and PTE. Please check your course details for further information.


    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.

    Academic English assistance

    For those not meeting the above academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry, INTO UEA offers a wide range of Academic Preparation and English Language Programmes designed to assist applicants enter UEA degree courses.

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 International Office Staff for Sub-Saharan Africa:

                               Deby Okoh (Mrs) - Regional Manager

   Mobile/WhatApp: +234 805 252 1957 

   Regional Office Address:
   1st Floor Suite A3 Goodnews Plaza, 4 Agbaoku Street  
   Awoshika Bus-stop (By TFC), Opebi Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

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  Mark Bentley - Regional Manager

    Location: Norwich, UK

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