The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus based university with a student population of 15,000 and is home to more than 4000 International and EU students from over 120 countries.
You can meet us in person at events around the world and in the UK. We also host online events during the year where you can meet our staff and students. Register your interest to receive notifications of these online events.
Visit our ambassadors page to meet some of our current international students who may be studying on a similar course that you are interested in. Our ambassadors are also happy to answer any questions you may have on what it is like to study at UEA and live in Norwich.
We hope you find the information on our pages helpful but please contact us with any further queries you may have.
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Japanese Student Ambassador
Hello, I am Yoko Igari, an undergraduate student studying International Development with Social Anthropology and Politics with Overseas experience in UEA.
I am interested in improving individual’s life and create the world without any discrimination and inequality. I chose this university mainly because UEA has excellent reputation for International Development in particular and I believe this is the best place to start my career. In our school, we can study various important global topics such as global warming, gender inequality and refugee crisis with professional lecturers who have deep knowledge and experience in multi-fields of development.
This is my first time to study abroad, so I know exactly what you feel. You may worry about studying in different countries in a second language; this is a really big challenge.
However, there is no fear as UEA provides you great support! For instance, you can apply for English Language Classes or just bring yourself to the Conversation Club which is open to all international students to practice English. If you would like to get accustomed to the circumstances and academic skills before university, you can start from INTO UEA which runs several useful courses for non-native speakers on campus. Now UEA has more than 3,500 international students from over 120 countries.
UEA is also exciting for extra social activities! There are many societies and clubs that you can join and socialise with new friends from different countries and know other cultures. The societies not only organise events and parties for fun, but also sometimes provides the opportunities to engage the volunteer and to learn what you are interest in.
I also want to highlight the wonderful environment of living here. UEA campus is surrounded by beautiful nature. Laying on grass sets you free and taking a walk around the lake makes you relax. You can even see rabbits hopping besides you on your way to the class. Norwich is a special city having a long history and kind people. There are number of historical architectures, lovely cafes and pubs as well as modern buildings, entertainment facilities. You can find whatever you want in here.
As a whole, life in UEA and Norwich is very satisfying.
I hope that you will be one member of us and spend unforgettable time together.
SI-UK Osaka Development Studies Seminar (Dr Lucio Esposito)
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20 March 2018
19:00 - 21:00
203 Nissei Building East,
2-2-13 Shibata, Kitaku, Osaka
BEO Osaka Exhibition (Ms Tracey Hearn and Dr Lucio Esposito)
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21 March 2018
13:00 - 17:00
2F, 2-5 Honmachibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Sakaisuji Hommachi St. and Tanimachiyonchome St.
BEO Panel Discussion (Dr Lucio Esposito)
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22 March 2018
19:00 - 21:00
5th Floor Forecast Shinjuku South Bldg,
4-3-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan
SI-UK Osaka Exhibition (Ms Tracey Hearn)
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23 March 2018
16:00 - 20:00
(Grand Front) North Tower B2F, Grand Front, Osaka
3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0011, Japan
SI-UK Tokyo Development Studies Taster Lecture (Dr Lucio Esposito)
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23 March 2018
5th Floor, Boulevard Bldg
1-16-3 Jinnan, Shibuya
BEO Tokyo Exhibition (Ms Tracey Hearn and Dr Lucio Esposito)
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24 March 2018
13:00 - 18:00
Shinjuku L Tower 30F
1-6-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 163-1590, Japan
SI-UK Tokyo Exhibition (Ms Tracey Hearn and Dr Lucio Esposito)
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25 March 2018
12:00 - 17:00
Sumitomo Fudosan Iidabashi Ekimae Building 1-2F,
3-8-5 Idabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0072, Japan
British Council Japan Exhibition (Ms Tracey Hearn and Dr Lucio Esposito)
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26 March 2018
17:00 - 21:00
1 Chome-2 Kagurazaka
If you are planning a trip to the UK, why not come and pay us a visit?
The university offers Visit Days and Campus Tours throughout the year. Our tours are geared towards giving international visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand our unique surroundings and first-class facilities. Have a look at our Campus Views for a sample of the beautiful sites you can experience at UEA.
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 (Master degree programmes)
Holders of a good Masters degree will be considered for entry to MPhil/PhD study
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.
Undergraduate - English Language Requirements
Postgraduate Taught and Research - English Language Requirements
Academic English Assistance
For those not meeting the above academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry, INTO University of East Anglia offers a wide range of Academic Preparation and English Language Programmes designed to assist applicants enter UEA degree courses.
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.
For Study Abroad:
Assistance for Japanese and other international students already in the UK:
52 Cornmarket Street
Oxford OX1 3HJ
Tel: 01865 522669
162-168 Regent Street
My name is Azusa and I am an international student from Japan. I am studying International Development with economics and overseas experience at the University of East Anglia. I chose to come to UEA because it has a fine reputation in the field of Development Studies and is one of the most progressive universities in the United Kingdom. Moreover, UEA provides the chance to go abroad in the second and third year therefore giving me the experience that an international development studies student needs. This, alongside an interesting choice of modules, is what attracted me to UEA.
I still remember the first day I arrived at UEA; I was excited but also worried. I found myself asking, 'What if people are mean here and I can't make any friends?' 'Can I make it through all of the studies - and what happens if I fail?' 'What if no one understands my English!?'
Anxious and apprehensive, I attended the orientation for international students and found my concerns disappeared. I didn't have to worry. I had met people from all over the world who were not only friendly but I could call my friends – and who understood my English. It was clear that any difficulties I could come across UEA, with all of the support it was willing to provide, would help me get through it. Looking back I realize these worries were such a small thing. UEA offers great support, and opportunities, for international students.
Studying in a different language in a foreign country is a challenge, but it is a worthwhile challenge. As my course progresses it is becoming more interesting but also harder. However, there is help - the School of International Development has organized language support for international students every week.
The academic side of UEA is matched by its incredible social life. The variety of student societies (from social to sport, to academic, to charitable) means there is something for students of all backgrounds to do. I joined the Read International Society in which we, university students, collect second-hand textbooks from schools across the United Kingdom and send them to schools in East Africa, one nation we have donated books to is Tanzania. I have really enjoyed the work and various activities at the Read International Society, not only have I made good friends but I have been given the opportunity to work in Tanzania next summer. As a student studying BA International Development this is an amazing opportunity.
My life at UEA has been full of excitement, joy and great opportunities – and will continue to be at UEA. Because of this I would recommend the University of East Anglia to all – not just international students!
Name: Yukari Iwama
Years studied at UEA: 2015-2016
Subject Studied at UEA: Education and Development
Favorite Memory of UEA:
-I enjoyed close communication with lecturers, which contributed greatly to academic growth. Because lecturers of UEA were all very supportive, I often discussed with them about my idea when I worked on essays and presentation of coursework. Feedback of coursework also led to my deeper understanding of learning and expands my perspective.
- It was also great for us to have many opportunities to think about future career. Some lecturers often set talk session with alumnus and practitioners working in development field. We were also provided various practical seminars and workshops by external lecturers. Through taking these opportunities, I could find out my core pillars to decide future career, which were humanitarian emergency affair and education and child protection in emergency.
- Another my favorite memory of UEA is spending fun time with friends, which always relaxes me and energizes me. Having coffee and eating dinner with course mates and flat mates, joining bible, going for pub crawl…all these things relived stress from intensive study. Since everyone has very different background, I always made a new discovery in conversation.
Current career: Program Officer of HEA (Humanitarian & Emergency Affair) Unit, Program/Operation Dept., World Vision Japan
Advice to prospective students:
I think UEA is the best place if you want to study in a cosmopolitan environment with colleagues who have various backgrounds. Discussion from various perspectives and safe atmosphere which respects the view of each student can expand each student’s view.
Regarding academic learning skills, I’d advise the basic skills of academic writing and reading of academic journals. Even though UEA provide many academic supports, I saw some international students had difficulties to get used to the practice of academic English in early stage after the first semester begun. In my case, learning in INTO pre-master course helped me a lot to follow the lectures and seminars at early stage.
Advice to current students:
Since I did not have any experience in Development field, I was overwhelmed the broadness of the field. Narrowing the focus of interest through daily reading, lecture and seminars, coursework and dissertation helped me to decide the direction of future.
I think it is important to get various supports which you can get. Not only academic support which university provide but also supports from colleague are very meaningful. In my case, I shared and asked advice to my course mates and friends about questions found in lectures, dissertation topic and future career. Sometimes I could solve the issue by myself talking to them, and sometimes their opinions from various perspectives helped me to find the way.
もうすでにUEAで勉強される予定の方は、できる限りacademic Englishの基本を学んでおくのもよいと思う。UEAでは留学生のためのacademic supportもとても充実しているが、修士課程では始まってすぐに授業が本格化するため、日本人に限らず留学生の中には、慣れないacademic journalの読み方、エッセイの書き方に慣れるのに苦労している人も多かった。私の場合は、修士課程準備コースで学んだことが、最初授業についていく際にとても役に立ったと感じている。
<卒業生の声 3: 岩間 縁さん MA Education and Development>
MA Applied Translation Studies
Hi, I am Shohei Yamaguchi and I studied MA Applied Translation Studies from 2015-2016. I am now working at a Norwich-based company as an in-house translator.
I decided to study translation at MA level when new translation standards were approved. An MA degree in translation is recognised as a universal qualification for professional translators. The reason I chose to study in the UK was because I could complete an MA in a year and I didn’t want to go for longer without an income. The modules UEA provided were well-balanced between academia and practice, from translation theories and outlines of current translation industries to translation software, necessary for translators. However, practising your translation skills outside the classroom is indispensable and the work experience module gives you this opportunity.
Norwich is the ideal location to travel to London to look for work. It is just two hours by train.
It is important to travel and spend time for leisure as long as you can, but how much you strive will change your life and results after a year. The more you become hungry and active, the bigger rewards you get at the end of your study.
初めまして。2015～2016年、MA Applied Translation Studiesに在籍していた山口翔平と申します。現在はノリッチで、社内翻訳者として働いでいます。
My name is Serena Okawa and I'm a student from Japan studied International Development with Social Anthropology and Politics with Overseas experience at UEA.
The school of International Development (DEV) has many lecturers and staff that have had hands on experience in various areas of tackling global issues such as poverty, humanitarian crisis, natural resource management, food security, and have had numerous experiences in working on projects of micro finance, local community empowerment, improvement in education; the list goes on. I was fortunate to be in an environment where I could learn at a close range from these experts, hearing their stories and ideas in making our world into a better place. The last three years has opened up my views and thoughts, made me think critically and deeply, and has helped me rediscovered my passion and motivation of why I have wanted to study this course, here at UEA.
Growing up in Japan all my life, I understand the difficulties of what all international students face. Studying in a second language is very, VERY challenging; it takes time to process what you read, write and when voicing your thoughts – especially in Academic English. But have no fear, the university offers excellent support! We have over 3,500 international students studying in various schools and courses. The university is well equipped and experienced in giving you any advice and care anytime. Everybody that I have met at this university, teaching and working staff and fellow home/international students have been very supportive, caring and understanding. I've had numerous times when I have received spot on advice from people when I was stuck with academic coursework or when I wasn't familiar or wasn't certain with certain things at university, someone has always been here for me and that's what makes the university so special and different.
UEA is not only known for its amazing beautiful campus (we have rabbits hopping about and even have a lake to walk around!), lively student activities in campaigning, student societies/charities and sports teams, but for achieving 1st place for student satisfaction in the 2013 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey! UEA is located in the lovely city of Norwich which has amazing cafes, pubs, theatres and a historical atmosphere to the taste, and within close reach to London; the school and city is simply perfect for an ideal university experience in England, what more can you ask?
UEA has given me amazing opportunities and possibilities, and I hope YOU have one too, at UEA!
MSc Brand Leadership
I am Shiho, a Masters student studying Brand Leadership in UEA. I chose UEA for three main reasons. First, I had a good impression of UEA staff through their event in Japan, correspondence by email and a school visit. Before starting my study, I already believed that they can support me fully and this ultimately would lead to a fruitful year for me. Secondly, UEA offers a Brand Leadership course which is the first course of this kind in the world. Lastly, I felt the environments of UEA and Norwich would help me to concentrate on my study and offer good access to London. I have lived a full life in Norwich. With respect to my study of brand management, I am enjoying absorbing cutting-edge skills and knowledge from my tutors. In addition, I can learn from my 18 kind and cooperative classmates from 13 countries, since most of them have already worked in various industries and different positions. The Thomas Paine building where the Business School is located has opened this year so I can concentrate on my studies in the most up-to-date facilities. Apart from my academic life, I have joined several social clubs such as yoga, entrepreneurial and vegebox, which support local famers by buying vegetables from them. With those societies, I can meet people and relax. The city itself is beautiful with a pleasant atmosphere. I like walking round the historical areas and eating out in Norwich. I'd like to recommend you to explore those areas especially at night because they are fantastic, and this is a good pastime and good way to meet local people. As a whole, my time in UEA so far has been a fulfilling and exciting year in my life.
こんにちは！私は、UEAのSchool of International Development StudiesのMA in Education and Development に在籍していました。
UEAにはたくさんのバラエティに富んだ学部があります。たとえば、開発学、法学、教育学、経済学、映画学さらには生物学、化学、薬学などを備えた総合大学です。中でも、日本人に人気な開発学では長い歴史を誇り、世界的に有名です。開発学に話を絞りますと、開発学部の中でも専攻がわかれ、開発学の中でも総合的に開発を学びたい人のためのDevelopment Studies、Education and Development、さらにはEnvironment, Rural, Economic, Gender, Governance, Mediaなどがあります。自分の興味に沿って開発学の分野を選ぶことができ、科目も柔軟に組み立てることができます。教育のコースに在籍し、ジェンダーを取るといった組み合わせも可能です。UEAにはヨーロッパ、アフリカ、アメリカ、ラテンアメリカ、さらにはアジア出身の学生など、たくさんの留学生が在籍しています。この環境は異文化間交流の機会を提供し、そして世界で働くために求められる国際感覚を得る機会を与えてくれます。
話は変わりますが、海外進学をすることを決めるときに一番のネックになるのが語学力だと思います。特に、海外の大学ではクラスへ貢献したり、自分の意見を積極的に発表することが求められます。さらに、これまで習ってきた英語とは異なる"Academic English"を学ぶことも必要になります。そのため、イギリスでの大学で勉強することは困難だと予期する人もいると思います。しかし、UEAには英語を母国語としないInternational Studentのための英語講座などがあるため、心配する必要はありません。もし大学の講義についていくのに（大学の英語講座のみでは）不十分だと思っているのなら、入学する前にPre-settional courseを取る事もできます。もちろん、UEAにはヨーロッパ・アフリカをはじめとした各国からの留学生も多数在籍しており、その環境に身をおくことはまたとない経験となります。UEAがキャリアとしてだけではなく、人生においてもたくさんの素晴らしい機会と経験を与えてくれるということを確信しています。
Hello, I am Naoki Takanashi. I went to INTO in June 2009, and then came to UEA in September. I studied the MA in Education and Development in the School of International Development.
There are a wide variety departments in University of East Anglia, such as Development Studies, Law, Education, Economic, Film Study, and then Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and so on. "Development Studies", which has a long history, is one of the most popular departments for Japanese students and also it is famous in the world.
Development Studies comprises of various courses. For example, Development Studies (MADS), Education and Development (MAED), and also, Environment, Rural, Economic, Gender, Governance, and Media. There are a wide range students in UEA who are from Europe, Africa, America, Latin America and Asia. This environment will give you chances to interact among different nationalities, and also you will acquire a cosmopolitan way of thinking which is required to work in the world.
Norwich, is just two hours away from London. There are many shopping and market areas, wide range of restaurants including European and Asian in Norwich city centre, where you can go by bus within 20 minutes from university. Furthermore, this city has been nominated one of the safest cities in England, so you can stay and enjoy your life more freely and safety than any other cities. The campus is located in a quiet neighbourhood, and there is a big lake and forests in UEA campus. Therefore, Norwich and UEA is really suitable and fascinated to you who want to concentrate on your study and enjoy your stay in England.
By the way, English may be the most serious issue for Japanese students when you decide to go abroad. English university, especially, will require you to contribute to classes and express your opinion actively. Additionally, you need to learn "Academic English" which is definitely different from our English that we have learned. So, you expect that you will probably be struggled to study in England universities. However, you do not need to worry about that, because UEA has English Lessons for international students who are non-native speaker. If you think it is not enough to follow classes in university, you can take "preparatory" courses before enter the university. To sum up, these back-up system in UEA will undoubtedly help you to success your stay in England. I am sure that UEA will give you many great opportunities and experiences for not only your career but also your life.
BA Development Studies
Konnichiwa! (Hello!) My name is Hiroaki Okumura, I am from Fukuoka which is located in the northern part of the island of Kyushu (very hot and humid place!) I am sophomore in the school of Development Studies.
I set off my UK life with one-year foundation course at UEA. As most of international students do feel anxious about setting up new life in strange place, I was also worrying about being homesick, especially in the place that is quarter distance of the world away from my country. Although I sometimes missed mild climate of Kyusyu (Norwich is much colder and dryer!), it did not take so long to realise that it was a groundless fear. I believe that this course helped me a lot not only preparing for undergraduate degree with providing basic knowledge of Business, Economics, Math, Statistics and well-organised English lessons but also to be independent of my parents.
Then, I proceeded to do Development Studies. This course internationally gains high reputation and is well known as a base of ODG (Overseas Development Group). I currently enjoy my study in truly international atmosphere. Studying in UK Universities is tough (not only because of assignments), but you will find that your every effort reflects straight to result. You can produce fruit as much as you work hard. There are some other subjects which have remarkable accomplishments. Those will give you wider choices for your study and jobs in the future.
You also might be worrying about social life in UEA and Norwich!? According to my experience, I have never been bored since I came here! There are variety of events such as parties and gigs held almost every weekends. If you like to enjoy alcohol, Norwich is the city of most variety of pubs in England and there are three pubs even on campus. For big fan of sports, UEA Sports Park will content you with its modern conveniences. And, you can pop out England top 5 biggest shopping centre in the weekends. As long as I know, there are two Chinese food shops dealing in some Japanese stuff in city centre. It would be great experience to join Student Union Societies. Those are like club activities in Japanese universities. From all aspects above, UEA is ready to meet you with warm welcome.