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Thai Student Ambassador
I am Sarintip Thanyaset, a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Business Economics in UEA. The reason why I chose to study at UEA is not only because of the university itself but also the city that would guaranteed the best university experience for me. UEA has a great academic ranking which ranked in top 15th in the UK by Compete University Guide 2018 and world top 200 in Times World Rankings 2017. As well as National Student Surveys 2005-2017, we ranked in top 5 for student satisfaction. Apart from this, Norwich is also one of the safest city to live in the UK. There are great facilities on campus including 24/7 Library, Sport Park, supermarket, bank, café and bars. For accommodation, university has provided sufficient accommodation for 1st year student so that they can make sure that they feel comfortable living on campus and get to make friends with other 1st year students. It is also very safe and convenient to live on campus as there is a 24 hours security.
Since I came to UEA, my university experience could not be better. Throughout my study, I have received a great support from lecturers and seminar leaders who are very supportive and approachable. Whenever I need help with the modules, I can always approach them during their office hours. For my social life, I have joined many different societies that university is providing which there are more than 200 clubs and societies for students to choose. During 1st year, I have joined boxing which I had so much fun. In 2nd year, I have then joined British Red cross society, Athletic society, and South East Asia society. I started to become more active than when I was in year one. I have represented Thailand and perform Thai Dance during UEA events such as Go Global and UEA Dance show. By joining societies, I have got the chance to make a great social network with people who study different courses and come from different part of the world.
As I am now in the final year of being a student here at UEA, I want to make other students experiences as good as I have. Therefore, I have put myself forward and entered elections for leadership positions. Now I have got the positions to be a Vice President of South East Asia Society Vice, Equality and Diversity officer of Malaysia society, and Thailand Student Ambassador. Apart from this, I am also in UEA cheerleading show squad as a flyer. These experiences make me realised that I have grown up and become a better me every day. The more I stayed at UEA the more I realised that I have chosen the right decision to come to this university.
สวัดดีค่ะ ชื่อ ศรินทิพย์ ธัญญะเศรษฐ์ (ชมพู่) กำลังศึกษาอยู่ปี 3 ปริญญาตรี สาขาเศรษฐศาสตร์ธุรกิจ ที่มหาวิทยาลัย East Anglia เหตุผลที่เลือกเข้ามาศึกษาที่มหาลัยนี้ไม่ใช่แค่เพียงเพราะมหาลัยที่ดีเท่านั้น แต่เพราะเมืองที่น่าอยู่ด้วย ทั้งสองอย่างนี้เป็นสิ่งที่ทำให้ชมพู่มั่นใจว่าจะได้รับประสบการณชีวิตมหาวิทยาลัยที่ดีที่สุดเป็นอย่างแน่นอน มหาวิทยาลัยได้ถูกจัดลำดับเป็นมหาลัยท็อป 15 ในประเทศอังกฤษ โดย Compete University Guide 2018 และท็อป 200 ของโลกใน Times World Rankings 2017 นอกจากนี้ทางมหาลัยยังได้รับการจัดลำดับท็อป 5 เรื่องความพึงพอใจของนักศึกษาจากการสำรวจโดย Natinoal Student Surveys 2005-2017 นอกจากนี้แล้วเมืองนอรีชนั้นยังจัดได้ว่าเป็นเมืองที่ปลอดภัยที่สุดเมืองหนึ่งของประเทศอังกฤษอีกด้วย ในตัวมหาลัยเองก็ยังมีสิ่งอำนวยสะดวกมากมาย ไม่ว่าจะเป็นห้องสมุดที่เปิดตลอด 24 ชั่วโมงตั้งแต่วันจันทร์ถึงวันศุกร์, ซุปเปอร์มาเก็ต, ธนาคาร, ร้านอาหาร และ ร้านกาแฟเป็นต้น สำหรับที่พักทางมหาลัยก็ได้เตรียมหอพักที่เพียงพอสำหรับนักศึกษาปี 1 ซึ่งทำให้นักศึกษารู้สึกเคยชินกันมหาลัยและสามารถรู้จักเพื่อนปีหนึ่งคนอื่นๆอีกด้วย การพักอยู่ในมหาลัยนั้นปลอดภัยด้วยความดูแลของ security ตลอด 24 ชั่วโมงและสะดวกสบายมากๆด้วย
ตั้งแต่ชมพู่เข้ามาศึกษาที่มหาวิทยาลัย East Anglia ชีวิตประสบการณ์มหาลัยของชมพู่นั้นคงดีไปกว่านี้ไม่ได้แล้ว สำหรับการศึกษาที่นี้ ชมพู่ได้รับการสนับสนุนที่ดีจากครูในมหาลัยที่เข้าถึงได้ง่ายและให้ความช่วยเหลืออย่างเต็มที่เมื่อดิฉันมีเรื่องติดขัดในด้านการเรียนในแต่ละวิชา ซึ่งครูแต่ละคนจะมี office hours ที่นักศึกษาสามารถเข้าไปหาเมื่อต้องการความช่วยเหลือ ในส่วนของกิจกรรม ชมพู่ได้เข้าร่วมชมรมมากมาย ซึ่งมหาวิทยาลัยนั้นก็มีชมรมให้นักศึกษาได้เข้าร่วมมากกว่า 200 ชมรมด้วยกัน ในปี 1 ชมพู่ได้เข้าร่วมชมรมต่อยมวยซึ่งก็สนุกมากๆ พอขึ้นปี 2 ชมพู่ได้เข้าชมรมสมาคมกาชาติของอังกฤษ, ชมรมวิ่ง และชมรมเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ ชมพู่เริ่มที่จะมีส่วนร่วมในมหาวิทยาลัยมากขึ้นเทียบกับตอนที่ยังศึกษาอยู่ในปี 1 ชมพู่ได้เป็นตัวแทนนักเรียนไทยในการรำไทยในงานของมหาลัย ได้แก่งาน Go Global และงาน UEA Dance Show ชมพู่รู้สึกภาคภูมิใจที่ได้เผยแพร่วัฒนธรรมไทยให้กับชาวต่างชาติในมหาลัย การเข้าร่วมชมรมต่างๆนี้ ชมพู่ได้มีโอกาสรู้จักเพื่อนใหม่ๆจากจากคณะอื่น และจากหลายๆประเทศทั่วโลก
เนื่องจากตอนนี้ชมพู่ศึกษาอยู่ในปี 3 ปีสุดท้ายของการศึกษาระดับปริญญาตรีในมหาวิทยาลัย East Anglia ชมพู่อยากจะให้นักศึกษาคนอื่นๆ ได้รับประสบการณ์ที่ดีแบบที่ชมพู่ได้รับจากการศึกษาที่นี้ ชมพู่เลยตัดสินใจสมัครเข้าการเลือกตั้งตำแหน่งผู้นำต่างๆในมหาลัย และตอนนี้ชมพู่ก็ได้ตำแหน่งมากมาย ไม่ว่าจะเป็น รองประธานสมาคมเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้, Equality & Diversity Officer ของสมาคมมาเลเชีย และ ตำแหน่ง Ambassador ของนักเรียนไทยในมหาวิทยาลัย นอกจากนี้ชมพู่ก็ได้เข้าทีม Cheerleading show squad ของมหาวิทยาลัย ประสบการณ์ทั้งหมดนี้ทำให้ดิฉันได้พัฒนาตัวเองและเป็นผู้ใหญ่ขึ้นทุกๆวัน ยิ่งศึกษาอยู่ที่มหาวิทยาลัยนี้ชมพู่ยิ่งรู้สึกว่าการตัดสินในมาเรียนที่มหาลัยนี้เป็นการตัดสิ้นในที่ถูกต้องที่สุดแล้ว
Meet Ms Carolyn Leong, South East Asia Office Manager, at the following event:
Study UK GRAND Thai Exhibition
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20 and 21 January 2018
12:00 - 18:00
5th floor, 991 Siam Paragon Shopping Centre
Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
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Holders of the M6 School Leaving Certificate, with a recognised foundation/access/bridging qualification, are considered for direct entry to Bachelor Degree courses.
Institute of Technology and Vocational Education, certificate and diploma holders are considered for entry to Bachelor degree courses.
Diploma of Vocational Education holders and university students having successfully completed the first year of a Thai degree course will be considered for entry to the first year of Bachelor degree courses.
Holders of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or six IB Subject Certificates (including at least three at the higher level) with a minimum total of 32 - 35 points, or A - Levels obtained locally, will be considered for direct admission to Bachelor Degree courses.
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Holders of a Masters degree will be considered for PhD study.
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My name is Jittawee, I'm a 2nd year pharmacy student. Before I came to UEA, I graduated in chemistry from Thailand. I found that I didn't use my knowledge much at all after graduated. I came to UK, lived and worked as a waitress in London for 5 years. One day, I decided to change my life. I wanted to broaden and apply my chemistry knowledge and pursue a challenging and successful career. Therefore, I applied for a Pharmacy course at UEA. When I first came to UEA for my interview, I was really impressed with so many things; the staff and students are really friendly, relaxed and helpful, moreover the UEA campus is contained within a lovely green environment. I fell in love immediately. It did not take me too long to decide to choose UEA, it's not only the impression that I had but also UEA is the best university in the country for the Pharmacy course.
My academic life at UEA is very intense and productive as I have workshops every week. I have also been in community and hospital placements every year, which gave me a real world example of the theory based modules. It makes me understand the subjects clearer. I never ever regret studying at UEA at all. I love UEA so much. However, I have to accept that I had a hard time at the university, because the pharmacy course is so tough and demanding. I could pass the tough time because of my friends, my advisor and all the lectures are so supportive and they are always being there to help me.
Apart from academic aspect, my life at UEA is fabulous. There are so many sport clubs and social activities that you could join and do. I joined UEA buddies scheme, which I made friends from UK and all around the word. I also joined ziggurat inter-school challenge and a UEA link society. With friends, I attended gigs, movie screenings and festivals in Norwich. In addition, UEA is in Norwich, where is a very green city with ample opportunity to explore the great outdoors right on the doorstep. It sits in the heart of Norfolk, a landscape made up of gently rolling countryside, the beautiful Broads and stunning coastline. The transport in Norwich is excellent. Norwich has the cheapest UK city annual bus pass. It has the one hour and a half London trains; and university to London airports coach service.
Over all, I really recommend choosing UEA as your place to study in UK. You will have a wonderful experience and memories.
My Name is Kittanya, I am studying MA Brand Leadership. I also graduated from UEA in BSc Marketing and Management. The reason I chose UEA is because I was wishing to pursue a career in marketing, branding and related business functions while still gaining a broad understanding of management. I wanted to develop and enhance the transferable intellectual and study skills, which are highly practical in business and management career. Both of these courses I chose for my bachelor and master degree provided by UEA enables me to have appropriate qualifications with its high ratings in the field and intercultural experiences gained from the environment within UEA, which can support me in a wide variety of employment sectors.
Studying at UEA as an international student enables me to experience a brand-new world of living and studying. My academic life at UEA is very challenging as it gives me the opportunity to manage and study independently. The course is flexible enough for me to choose different modules according to my interest (i.e. I can take a language course along with the marketing and management areas provided). Each module is structured in a way that allows me to manage the time efficiently. Moreover, UEA staffs are always there to help me with any difficulties raised during my study and living.
My social life at UEA is also very stimulant with my academics. The diversity culture at UEA allows me to meet both local and international friends not only from the same course but also from clubs and societies, which are open to all UEA students. Facilities at UEA are also sufficient for my studies and living needs (i.e. 6 floors library, sport park, career center, café, union pub, bar, and much more!). UEA also has a department that supports international students in various ways; they create events and activities that bring students together. I never felt neglected since my first day at UEA, there will always be someone there to help me with any problems I have.
My name is Kanpriya Mueang-in, and I am doing a master degree in MSc Management. The reason that I chose UEA was because it is one of the best universities in the UK for students’ satisfaction. UEA, moreover, has very wide range of courses in the business school, which students can apply for the one that they are interested in. The modules in each course also provide good supporting material in both lecture and seminar classes. Another reason for choosing UEA was that it has continuously been improving in its ranking, showing non-stop improvements. The environment around campus also attracted me since it has a large amount of green area and a beautiful lake.
Studying at UEA has been a great experience for me as there are many studying support facilities like International Student Advisors and Dean of Students’ Office, which are easy to access and very helpful for international students. Aside from academic support facilities, there are also other supporters such as Sportspark with good gym, Career Central where its staffs can provide career advices and some useful workshops to help students with their job applications. Furthermore, as I live on campus, I have made lots of international friends whom I do lots of activities on the campus with. These make me enjoy my life in UEA and Norwich.
Norwich is a great city for students as it is safe, lively and friendly. It is also a UK top shopping destination with wide range of shops and restaurants. In the city, furthermore, there are always festivals such as a beer festival and a musical in the local theatre. You can also visit a number of historical and beautiful places such as cathedral, castle, museums and galleries, which are not too far from the university. So you cannot really get bored of Norwich.
MA International Public Policy, Regulation and Competition
I was first introduced to UEA by an agency when I was looking for a Public Policy course. I was told that UEA is a good option for my field of interest and I eventually UEA because of my interest and its relevancy to my profession.
I met up with UEA’s Regional Manager at the Interview day in Thailand and I received more information about UEA and how to apply at the meeting. After receiving admission offer on the Graduate Diploma pathway program and Pre-Sessional English course, I met UEA’s staff in person again to get more information on pre-departure guidance. I received prompt feedbacks from UEA’s team and they also suggested to me to get in touch with some Thai alumni.
Arriving in UEA, I love the campus because it bears resemblance to my university in Thailand, and I especially love to walk around or sit on the grasses near the lake.
I believe that the postgraduate degree will be very useful for my work upon graduating.
PhD Environmental Science
My name is Chan, a PhD student at the School of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of the Science.
Undertaking this research degree allows me to work independently under supportive helps from a supervisory team. Academic activities such as seminars, workshops and lectures help me to prepare and build up my academic capability as a professional researcher in the future. I also have engaged with active research communities.
There is no doubt that I have chosen the right choice of coming to study at UEA. UEA has a unique campus surrounded by peaceful and natural environment. Academic and sports facilities are excellent for students.
Norwich city has special characters of peaceful and safe place to live. Norwich and the surrounding area bring very special characters in each season.
Studying at UEA provides great opportunity to build up academic network with academic professors and international colleagues in your field of study. Being at UEA and living in Norwich is one of my luckiest moments.
Sawasdee ka. I am Pleumjit, a PhD student at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health. I have studied at UEA for three years.
My academic experience has been challenging as research student with the help of supervisor team. There are workshops and seminar to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our research and learning skills.
Working as UEA Ambassador gives me the opportunity to get connect and help prospective students. I have a great time with my friends and family while I am studying in UEA. I am sure that UEA will give you the great opportunities and experiences both academic and social life.
MA Development Economics
My name is Chol from Thailand. I am a master student in a course of M.A. Development Economics, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. I have an impressive time here with good academic facilities, peaceful environment, friendly people and international network.
School of Development Studies is one of the leading school in UEA, and in a good rank compare to other universities. Academic staffs are really specialised in their own field. More importantly, they are very approachable and friendly so that academic discussion with great professors could happen. Public lectures and seminars are continuously held throughout the semester. Moreover, the school is at the highest rank for the quality of teaching and the best feedback from students. It is really good.
Academic supporting facilities such as library and IT rooms are many enough to response to the high demand of student, even in the period that near a deadline. IT room at the library also open 24 hours, so it is very convenient for everyone to use. Books in the library are variety and useful to the study. Journals that university subscribes are at wide range and very useful to learn by yourself to be the master in your own field.
Although Norwich is a peaceful city, social life of UEA students is very interesting and there are so many things to be explored. For me, the event of arts and music in Norwich is great. There are many theatres and halls where we can see the variety of music, plays and other performance. In the university facility itself, LCR, is also a place where a great contemporary musician comes to perform with wide range of style, from Reggae to Metal. For graduate student, Post Grad Bar is a very nice meeting place to hang out with a friend or have an academic discussion. Jazz band in the first Thursday of the month is one of my favourite.
The last point I want to make is about friends. Especially in School of Development Studies, friends from all over the world are so friendly. It is really good to have a chance to meet people who have the same goal in life, i.e. want to make the world better. Although master studies is competitive as usual, but friends in school always help each other in the time they need, both academically and personally. Many social events held by the school really help socialising everyone in the school.
So far, I have really good experiences here. I would like to recommend you, the reader, that School of Development Studies at University of East Anglia should be one of your choices, the very first one.
My name is Nicha Nutchayangkul, and I am currently a fourth year Law with American Law student at UEA. The reason that I chose UEA was because UEA offers a very wide range of courses and opportunities; it was one of the few Universities in the UK that offered a Law with American Law degree which allowed you to go on a study abroad year in America. Another reason I chose UEA is because of the ratings it received for the University as a whole and also for the law course. UEA have constantly received high ratings for student satisfaction which to me is one of the most important criteria when choosing a University. At the same time, UEA has continuously been improving in its ranking for the law course specifically, showing non-stop improvements.
Studying at UEA has been a great experience for me, the lecturers and academic supervisors are easily accessible and also very helpful. The course also offered a wide range of optional modules, especially those in the international law area which allowed me to further my interests. Another thing I found very useful was that the seminars are done in small groups which made it easier for us to have discussions with our lecturers and peers, voice our opinions or ask questions we may have. At UEA there are also a lot of learning support facilities and services available such as a 24-hour library and subscriptions to widely-used legal resources. Apart from academic support the UEA also provides careers advices and organises skills workshops to help us with job applications. This was very helpful for me and those who do not know where to start in order to make a successful job application.
Apart from the academic side of things, UEA campus has a very lively and vibrant atmosphere. There is always something going on at campus, and occasionally the LCR holds gigs by famous bands such as Cold Play and The Goo Goo Dolls at an affordable price.
Norwich is also a great city for students; it is safe, lively and a friendly city. It is also a great place for shopping, eating out and there is always something going on in the city such as a beer festival or a musical in the local theatre. So you cannot really get bored of Norwich.
Overall, you cannot help but to love Norwich and UEA for all the things it has to offer.
MSc Business Management
UEA is located in a truly brilliant location, surrounded by very nice people. The university has a wide variety of facilities, and as UEA is one of the top ranked universities, academically and in terms of student satisfaction, I felt very confident that UEA would be the right place for me.
Even now, I am very glad that I made the right decision.
When I first stepped into UEA, I found that the university is located in very beautiful area, surrounded by nature, brilliant facilities, and rabbits. Transportation is also very good. During my study, I met a lot of people from diverse nationalities and background. They were friendly and supportive. We shared a lot of unforgettable moments.
Career-wise, I realized that that my postgraduate degree from UEA is very competitive. I received a job offer 2 months after graduation. The classes, which I took during my study, prepared me very well to be a professional businessperson in the real business world. Besides practical knowledge from classes, I have also gained a lot in critical and systematic thinking skills.
Currently, I am in External Affairs Strategy Planning Division of the world’s leading automotive company, and my one of my key responsibilities is to keep my eyes on government policies in Asia and taking on supportive roles in several projects.
LLM law student 2013/2014 and 2014/2015
My interest in studying for a LL.M. at the UEA started in 2011 when I was in my third year of my Law degree at Thammasat University in Bangkok when one of my Professors (who is a UEA graduate) encouraged me to apply.
My wish came true and, in fact, I loved the UEA and Norwich so much that I stayed to do my second Masters here and have just finished my studies. I had a wonderful two years on a very safe campus with excellent facilities and a fantastic Thai Society. London is only two hours away on the train but Norwich is a wonderful historic city and has plenty to offer.
The Law School is based in historic Earlham Hall and the academics were all specialists in their fields. They were all friendly and approachable and seemed to really care about the students. The lecturers were creative in their teaching which enabled me to develop creative and critical thinking skills as well as gaining in-depth legal knowledge, assisted through small classes which encouraged students to discuss relevant issues with other students and lecturers.
The Law School is also very focused on generating opportunities for its graduates and has, for example, organised a number of placements for Thai LLM graduates with international law firms in Bangkok - I don't think any other law school in the UK offers this. As a Merit holder in both my LLMs, I was given the chance to apply to two international law firms for work placements and am delighted that I was successful and will start my placement with Norton Rose Fulbright in March.
One of the first things that I noticed about Norwich was the extreme friendliness of the people. In addition, this is an ancient city and the architecture is quite amazing; the magnificent Castle founded by William the Conqueror standing in its prominent position in the City Centre, and the beautiful 12th century Cathedral with its imposing spire. At Christmas, I attended the Carol Festival at the Cathedral which was a wonderful experience for me; to be welcomed into this magnificent building and being allowed to share the joy of Christmas with the local people was very uplifting.
All in all it was a fantastic experience and I will miss UEA and Norwich very much.
What did you study?
LLM International Commercial and Business Law
Why did you choose to study at UEA rather than another institution?
I chose the Law School at UEA over other institutions because its LLM course offered a variety of subjects that interested me the most, e.g. international taxation, cyberspace, energy and international finance.
What is your most memorable moment at UEA?
Working on my dissertation overnight with my friends in the 24-hour IT facilities is one of my most memorable moment at UEA.
Norton Rose Fulbright (Thailand) Limited
Please explain how your career has developed since graduating?
I joined Norton Rose Fulbright (Thailand) Limited, the Bangkok office of a global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, as an associate in November 2003, right after returning from Norwich. I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright (Thailand) Limited for 6 years, and left to become an Assistant Vice President at the Legal Division of Total Access Communication Public Company Limited, Thailand’s second largest telecoms operator, in November 2009.
After spending one and a half year at Total Access Communication Public Company Limited, I returned to Norton Rose Fulbright (Thailand) Limited as a senior associate in May 2011 and was promoted to partner in May 2015.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role or your greatest career achievement so far?
Having been promoted to partner of Norton Rose Fulbright has been my greatest career achievement to date. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is that I have a great deal of opportunities to learn new things every day.
What steps did you take in finding employment (in particular did you use the UEA careers service, job websites, networking events)?
The steps I took in finding my employment were quite straightforward. I conducted research online about international law firms that had offices in Bangkok, while I was doing the LLM course at UEA. When I returned to Bangkok, I just physically visited the office of each firm to hand in my CVs.
What are the key skills you learnt at UEA?
My English language skills improved significantly during my time at UEA. Also, studying at UEA helped me develop the ability to think analytically and communicate effectively, which I believe is among the most important skills for a lawyer.
How have these skills, or your course, made a difference in your career development?
Working at an international law firm, about 80% of my day-to-day communication with clients and colleagues in other offices is in English, without these skills I developed during my time at UEA, it would have been very difficult, or even impossible, for me to succeed as a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Do you have any tips or advice for current students or recent graduates?
My advice would be for those overseas students who are currently studying at UEA. Although I had a lot of great experience during my one year at UEA, I sometimes look back and think I was then too focused on my study, while there were many things that I could have done to make the best out of my limited time there. One year is not a long period, and I would encourage the overseas students to make it as worthwhile as you can. There is more to life at UEA than just to make good grades in the school.