UEA Russia Ambassador Ekaterina

Hello there! My name is Ekaterina Dudakova and I am studying BA English Literature and Drama at UEA. 

UEA was recommended to me by my Student Advisor at the college I used to study in during my foundation year, because I was interested in studying English and Drama. I chose UEA because when I came on campus for my interview for the first time, it really felt like the place I belonged.     

I applied through UCAS and sent my personal statement together with the grades I received at my college. My advisor guided me throughout the whole process. I was invited for the audition and interview in the Drama Department and even got a chance to get a campus tour together with it as well. After my audition, I received a call the same day and was notified I got a conditional offer.   

I found it Norwich to be really beautiful, medieval and an adorable city. I loved the small cafes in the city, the huge variety of thrift bookshops and beautiful old streets like Elm Hill.  As soon as you dive into it and start studying and fully living here, going out with your friends to the cute restaurants like The Bicycle Shop, Tipsy Vegan or Olive’s, getting coffee and studying in the lovely little cafes like Strangers, Artel or Alchemista, getting street food from our one and only Norwich Street Market, you will then be able to fully experience and see the charm of Norwich, and (most likely) fall in love with it.   

My first impression of UEA was that it was incredibly welcoming and friendly, unlike all other institutions I applied to. All the space around campus is absolutely fascinating – UEA's lake and the park have become my favourite places here.     

I am studying a joint degree in BA English Literature and Drama, which means my grades are going to take 50% for English and 50% for Drama in my diploma. At the moment, I am in my second-year and am doing both practical and theory-based modules. It’s been an amazing experience and I was really lucky with my modules and happy about studying here.   

This year I am the vice-president of the Minotaur Theatre Company (a student society) where we are working on vast variety of productions on and off-stage throughout the year. Due to the pandemic, we had to adapt the majority of our productions this year, however, it still appeared to be a great experience and opportunity for directing, acting and so on. Apart from that, I am involved in the Russian-speaking society and Drama and Musical Theatre Society.     

If you are looking for a University where you are able to easily socialise from the start of your education, or are looking for a place where you can see a bunch of bunnies running and jumping around campus then UEA is for you. Choose according to your instincts and if this place feels like home, it is definitely the right one. And remember to bring adapter plugs, your favourite blankets and food that will remind you of home. 

In case you have any questions or want to find out more about life at the UEA, you can chat to me directly through the Ask a Student platform or email: russianstudents@uea.ac.uk

Accepted Qualifications

  • Holders of the Attestat o Srednem Plnom Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education) will be required to take a foundation programme before entering the first year of an undergraduate course. 

  • 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. Students who have completed the Red Diploma will also be considered for direct entry to our Masters programmes.  

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

  • 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. 

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