Christopher Richardson

Hi everyone, my name is Christopher Richardson, and I’m a 3rd year BEng Energy Engineering student. I grew up and studied in Malaysia all the way up to A-Levels before deciding that I wanted to see more of what the world had to offer.

I ended up choosing to study at UEA for many reasons;:the eye-catching architecture, the great reviews and rankings, and the good scholarship opportunities available at the university. 

Two and a half years later, I can honestly say that studying overseas has been a profound experience. The maturity and independence that comes with living in a whole new part of the world is invaluable, as are the friends and fun times I’ve had. 

UEA places a lot of importance on student satisfaction and wellbeing, with designated advisors, the option to schedule meetings with lecturers outside classes, and even designated wardens to help with on-campus accommodation. The CareerCentral service on campus is also a brilliant place for students to keep up to date with jobs both on and off campus, and me and many of my friends have gotten jobs and internships there.

There are also a bunch of different ways to enrich your university life on campus. As a casual swimmer, I most enjoy the Olympic-sized pool in the Sportspark and have headed there for an after-class swim on many an occasion. 

One of the best things about being at UEA is living so close to the city of Norwich. It’s a 20-minute bus ride away, and it happens to be a really a nice place to spend the weekend. Personally, I enjoy the fact that while it does have plenty of things to do and see, it never feels too large or foreboding, making navigation especially easy for students who are new to Norwich and the UK. Being away from home as an international student is never the easiest thing to do, but with the right environment and support, it can honestly be a wonderful few years. 

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 email me at


Accepted qualifications

  • Holders of the following qualifications will be considered for direct admission to Bachelor degree programmes: Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM), in three of the five subjects studied, Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary School (MICSS), the Matriculation Certificate of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, and the Canadian High School or Secondary School Diplomas, International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum 32 - 35 points, or 'A' levels obtained in Malaysia. 

    Certificate and Diploma holders from Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology, and private colleges with a Singapore Polytechnic-based syllabus, will also be considered for direct entry to Bachelor degree courses. 

    If you are studying for a UK Business and Technician Education Council (BTEC) qualification, 'Distinction' or 'Merit' grades at the National Diploma level, or similar grades following completion of the first year of the Higher National Diploma, are required for undergraduate entry. Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) diploma holders and University candidates in appropriate subjects, in some cases may gain exemption from the first year of Bachelor degree courses. 

  • Holders of a good Bachelor degree (Honours) will be considered for postgraduate Masters degree study or PhD study in exceptional cases.

    If you are not eligible for direct entry you are encouraged to look at our pathway programmes on campus at INTO UEA. The INTO UEA Graduate Diploma prepares students for several of UEA's Masters programmes. 

  • 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 the requirements for your specific course

    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.5 overall with a 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. 


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