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.
You can also find our ambassadors on…
American Student Ambassador
My name is Matt Kirkegaard and I’m a Masters student studying Water Security and International Development. I chose UEA for the chance to learn from some incredible researchers at the Water Security Research Centre in the School of International Development (or DEV, for short). The specificity and depth offered by this unique course coupled with possibilities for mentorship by leading thinkers in the growing field of water security drew me to UEA. The globally respected reputation of both the School of International Development and UEA as a whole made my decision to attend even easier.
Though I have just begun my time here as a one-year Masters student, the courses and lecturers have utterly exceeded my expectations. The diverse range of module (class) options allows you to tailor the course to your specific interests and study the topics you find most valuable. No matter the modules you ultimately choose, the quality of the lecturers are sure to be world class. Each of my lecturers cares deeply about their fields, their courses, and doing the most they can to transfer this passion on to students. Outside of the classroom, professors are more than happy to meet and engage with students in a way I never quite experienced as an undergraduate in the US. Most importantly, the faculty in the School of International Development are among the top scholars within their respective areas. This allows students the chance not only to grapple with cutting edge ideas and learn directly from those pushing the boundaries of their respective fields.
Apart from my academic life, Norwich is a perfect city for any American to spend a year. English history is alive in Norwich, from the towering cathedral to the bustling market set among cobblestone lanes. Living in university accommodation (Mary Chapman Court) in the medieval city centre gives me a view out on the River Wensum and its miles of running and biking trails, access to countless pubs and shops, and a UEA community while still living off-campus ‑‑ all within an easy 20 minute bike ride to campus. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
If you have any questions you can contact me directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet one of our Country Development Managers/Officers in your country at one of the following events:
2017 Spring San Francisco NCF
Date and time: 29 April 2017, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Venue: Cow Palace Arena, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City
2017 Spring Boston NCF
Date and time: 7 - 8 May 2017
Venue: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston
If you are unable to attend any of these events due to timing or location but would still like to discuss your options with UEA you can contact Pete Ryan, Development Manager (North America) on Pete.Ryan@uea.ac.uk, or (202-600-6810) or Alana Stuart, Country Development Officer (North America) on Alana.Stuart@uea.ac.uk, or (202-600-5922)
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 our unique surroundings and first-class facilities. Have a look at Campus Views to get a feel for the campus.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32+
- High School Graduation Diploma: 3.0+ GPA
- SAT subscores (Critical Reading & Mathematics): 600+
- ACT composite score: 28+
- Non-International Baccalaureate candidates for science and language studies will also require at least two relevant Advanced Placement Tests. Applicants who wish to study science degrees without AP test results may also be considered for one-year preparatory/foundation courses.
(NOTE: these are general guidelines only; requirements for entry may vary depending on competitiveness of particular programmes.)
FAFSA code: G10 915
ACT code: 5317
Study Abroad entry
Semester or year study abroad candidates must be registered as full time students at an accredited US university or college. The normal entry requirement for US visiting students is a GPA of 3.0 or above, supported by an academic transcript and references. Click here to see details of UEA's semester/year abroad programme.
Holders of a Bachelor degree, from an accredited institution, with a cumulative academic grade point average of 3.0 and above will be considered for postgraduate study. This will normally be a postgraduate diploma or a taught Masters degree and exceptionally PhD studies.
Masters degree holders will be considered for Ph.D. 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.
MA International Relations and Development Studies
Hello! I'm Patricia and I am a post-graduate student studying International Relations and Development Studies at UEA. I am originally from California but I grew up in New Mexico. I graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and University honours with international distinction. During my undergraduate program, I studied at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada for one year. I had such a great experience in Canada that I wanted to go abroad again which brought me to UEA for my master's degree.
UEA has one of the top Development Studies programs in England if not the world and it has a diverse group of students from all over the world. I really enjoy studying at UEA because of the world class lecturers and great facilities such as the 24 hour computer lab (I spend a lot of time there and in the library). The social life isn't bad either; I am in two societies and the dev students organize nights out. I would encourage any student to study abroad and particularly at UEA. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly and ready to help you settle into your studies.
I have had the time of my life in my semester abroad at UEA. There are so many activities on campus: pub quizzes, LCR discos, concerts, movie nights and societies to join, I was never bored! My flatmates welcomed me in and I really felt like I was part of the UEA community. Five months went by too fast, I wish I had more time to spend with my friends and explore Norwich and Norfolk. Norwich was a delightful city with a fun city centre and transportation connections which made travelling to other UK cities easy and affordable.
Political, Social and International Studies
UEA is a wonderful university. It's full of everything a student could want. If you're looking for a campus style university then I would recommend UEA hands down. The professors are helpful and understanding and truly want to see the students succeed. Having your classes right next to your residence increases your chances of actually getting into class and also helps create a sort of family atmosphere on campus. There are tons of different activities to take part in on campus, from almost every organised club you can think of, to exciting nights out, to A-lister concerts, the UEA campus really has it all. The city centre of Norwich is only a quick bus ride away where there are plenty more interesting things to do if you're tired of campus. Another plus of UEA is the fact that it only takes about a 2 hour train ride to get to London, or even a 3 hour bus ride that leaves from campus! UEA provided me with everything I needed and wanted and succeeded all of my expectations. It has been an incredible year!
Travelling to England to spend a semester studying abroad as a Creative Writing student at UEA was a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I was terrified to spend six months an ocean away from my friends and family. In many ways -- though I had previously moved away from home to attend the University of Southern California -- this time at UEA has been my true test of independence. I have grown so much – as a student, a writer, and a person – through my experiences. I have made lifelong friends, learned to successfully navigate public transportation, and even know how to make a decent curry! I feel so content here, whether I am walking along the path by the lake, soaking up the springtime sunshine in the square, or enjoying a pint with new friends at the Union pub. I savor every day that I have here as a treasure!
I spent the three weeks of my spring break from classes backpacking through Europe, travelling through Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and the Czech Republic. I gained confidence in my ability to navigate foreign places, solve problems, make new friends, and communicate across language barriers. I am also soaking up new experiences – places, people, foods, cultures – to use in my writing. Studying abroad at UEA has been the best decision I ever made, and one that has nurtured and solidified my sense of self more than any other experience in my life.
MSc in Water Security and International DevelopmentI am Rebecca Farnum, a Masters student exploring food and water security in the Middle East and North Africa through my MSc in Water Security and International Development at UEA. The University of East Anglia is well-known in sustainable development initiatives and is home to many of the world's premiere scientists, climate impacts researchers, and teaching staff. UEA's faculty is incredible and very student-centric, which was important to me as someone very invested in my own research.
Studying in the UK has a very different feel than academic institutions in the United States do, and I have loved every minute of it. At UEA, I am expected to lead my own learning. My course is flexible, and I am allowed to take any class in the School of International Development, plus classes in Environmental Science, Biological Science, and Political Science. This flexibility has meant I really get to explore the issues that are most important to me, and I have access to many more professors, who are all willing to chat with me about various issues, even though I am not technically one of "their" students. In a typical day at UEA, I can hear a lecture on cutting-edge climate modelling techniques, discuss gender disparities in the educational system with someone who worked for Oxfam Great Britain, and talk about community politics around wells from a former masters student doing research with the UK Department for International Development.
Of course, life isn't all about school! I live in UEA's City Centre Accommodation, which means I get the convenience of all-inclusive costs for room through UEA, but the wonderful experience of living in Norwich. Norwich is an incredible city with so much to do and see. I am already sad to think about leaving this incredible city! The open-air local market is located a block from my flat, where I buy fresh produce from vendors who are getting to know me and what I want. I go to church just down the road from me, where I'm getting to know many British families and getting to play with the kids at their Sunday School. My course mates and I frequently meet up for informal drinks or dinner, and we also have a reading group to help each other with coursework. London is only two hours away with a really inexpensive train ticket, and I travel there frequently to see shows and visit friends. When I'm in Norwich for the weekend, I enjoy discounts at the City Cinema, browse the myriad of local shops, and see local productions and concerts.
PhD Film, Television and Media Studies
I am Patrick Bingham and I’m a PhD student in the department of Film, Television and Media Studies. Currently, I am in my second year of the programme and I’m absolutely loving it. I completed my Master of Arts in Film Studies and enjoyed UEA so much that I stayed on to further my education; but also to remain on a campus and within an environment that I love so much. Initially what attracted me to the University of East Anglia was the Film, Television and Media Studies department being world renowned and ranking so highly in the UK. What kept me here was so much more.
The courses have allowed me to pursue my own research interests rather than prescribed ones set by the lecturer. There is a diverse range of modules available within my own department that let me focus my studies on my interests; but, there are also plenty of modules (classes) in other disciplines that are available to me to take throughout my time at UEA. More importantly, being part of the PhD programme opens the opportunity to gain teaching experience and related work experience crucial to my professional development.
Since I began my MA in 2011, I have made the most incredible friends from all over the world. We celebrate one another’s holidays regularly and it’s amazing to have such a diverse range of friends. More than that, the UEA offers opportunities to integrate into the wider UEA community as there are rampant numbers of Societies and Clubs that you can join here. Some of my favourite ones all revolve around the opportunity to travel with people my age to places I could only dream of visiting if I were still in the US. The fun times abound on UEA’s campus with their incredible amounts of activities, the Sports Park and social clubs.
UEA, of course, wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t situated in the best city in England. Norwich is hands down the best city I’ve ever lived in. There is so much going on, but it’s not crowded and cramped like other big cities. You can get to London in 2 hours via the train or you can stay in Norwich and explore some of the medieval cathedrals and buildings scattered about. It’s also a friendly city and the safest in the country.
UEA has been the highlight of my academic and personal life.
Name: Ashleyanne Krigbaum
Area of Study: Visiting Student in American Studies
Year Attended: 2006-07
How did UEA prepare you for your career or help you make decisions? The experiences I had at UEA, on campus and off, really shaped me into who I am now, more so than any other years I spent during my university studies. Inside the classroom, I was able to take classes that were specific to my major (Gender Studies) at my home university, that also spanned several schools inside UEA. Having that range of professors, and approaches, to my major was so exciting. Also, I felt more challenged in my courses at UEA than back at home, so when I excelled in my marks in each, it was life-changing. I felt like if I could make it at UEA, I could make it anywhere. Also, the people I met on campus become some of my closest friends to this day. After I graduated, I came back to Norwich to work (at Radio Norwich), because I loved my experience at UEA and in the city so much. My time at UEA really helped me take control over my life, and realize that I can really achieve whatever I want, no matter where I am.
My best day at UEA was…
Can I say, "all of them?" Truly. The best years of my life were all spent in Norwich, and mostly at UEA.
What advice would you offer to current students, or anyone / considering studying at UEA? If UEA can offer you courses that you think can expand the viewpoint you have on the world, and further your personal path of studies, you should really consider enrolling at UEA. The campus is beautiful, straight-forward, and offers a lot of socializing outside of classes. Plus, you're nestled in one of the best cities in the UK, with access to many international cultures right on campus.
Name: Moriah Baxevane-Connell
Area of Study: Visiting Student in Psychological Sciences
Year Attended: 2011
How did you get to this point in your career? Was there anything / that particularly helped? Studying abroad at UEA was one of the most rewarding experiences I had while at university and has shaped my career and life goals since my time spent there. Not only was I able to fully immerse myself in another culture, I was able to take classes in a different setting, learn in a different way, and push myself out of my comfort zone.
How did UEA prepare you for your career or help you make decisions? Similar to my responses above, studying abroad (and specifically UEA) helped to shape how I view the world and where I come from, along with opening my eyes to other cultures, people, and ways of learning and approaching problems.
What advice would you offer to current students, or anyone / considering studying at UEA? UEA is an incredible University that will open doors you never thought possible - you will also meet friends from around the world!
Name: Stephanie Iceland-Leitzel
Degree: MA International Relations and Development Studies
Year Graduated: 2005
My academic / personal experience and knowledge gained at UEA provided the compliment to my professional experience when applying to work for USAID
Name: Charles D Thompson
Degree: M.S. Water Security and International Development,
Year Graduated: 2014
How did UEA prepare you for your career or help you make decisions? UEA prepared me for my career in many ways. It introduced me to an international culture - an experience that has been invaluable. It also pushed me to be independent in my research and to push myself to explore new ideas, as well as to clearly and effectively express these ideas.
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