This is 2020 Living and Learning at UEA This is 2020 Living and Learning at UEA

Watch our videos which outline all the positive steps we’re taking to ensure you have a rewarding experience when you join us this year.

Advice for new applicants and offer holders Advice for new applicants and offer holders

Will you be open for the start of the new academic year?

Yes we are still planning to welcome new students in late September. The majority of new students will start arriving from 19 September with the standard academic year starting on 28 September. Please check your offer email for your specific course start date.

If you can’t arrive in September, and your course allows, we’re offering flexible arrival options up to 26 October. Digital learning resources will be available to access remotely until your arrival to ensure that you don’t fall behind. 

Is my offer still valid if my final exams and studies have been disrupted or cancelled?

We know and understand that many students have been unable to complete part of their studies, and exams have been cancelled. We will be honouring “calculated grades” awarded by exam boards and national governments so the confirmation process will be broadly similar to the previous years.

We will apply the same principles if you are taking other qualifications – where grades are officially awarded by exam boards or national governments, we will accept these qualifications where they meet the conditions of our offer.

In all cases, we will be as flexible as we can with our minimum grade requirements and will take into account any impact on your final grades as a result of COVID-19 disruption and any exceptional circumstances you might face.

I’m looking to do a Post Graduate course, are the start dates the same?

We have our regular start dates in September, however some of our most popular programmes are also offering a start date in January 2021. If you already have an offer for a PG course you can opt to start in January. We will be in touch with offer holders about this.

Courses with an intake in both September 2020 and January 2021 are:

  • MSc Finance and Management 
  • MSC Business Management 
  • MSc Marketing and Management 
  • MA international Development 
  • MSc Global Media Economics 
  • MSc International Business Finance and Economics 
  • MSc International Business Economics 
  • LLM General Law 
  • MA Media, Culture and Society  
  • MA Film, Television & Creative Practice 
  • MSc Data Science 
  • MSc Advanced Computer Science 
  • MSc Cyber Security 

The MA Broadcast Journalism courses will only have an intake in January 2021, rather than a September 2020 intake.

What about my eligibility for Postgraduate courses?

Again we recognise that exams and studies have been disrupted. Provided you have been awarded a certificate of completion for your current studies we will accept these qualifications as long as they meet the conditions of our offer.

For 2020-21 Postgraduate Research (PGR) admissions queries including PhD and professional doctorate programmes, please go to our specific PGR FAQ pages.

My course requires I do an interview or an audition how will that work?

Interviews for successfully selected applicants will be conducted online or on the phone. The Admissions Team will be in contact as soon as possible to organise this with you.

What will my UEA education look like?

We’ve transformed our teaching environment to bring you an innovative mix of quality virtual learning alongside traditional face to face interactive teaching on campus.

Our aim is to give you as much face to face teaching as is safely and practically possible, including small group teaching and workshops, tutorials and practical laboratory and campus fieldwork sessions.

To ensure safety while you study, we have introduced one-way systems on campus, marked areas to maintain social distancing, and hand sanitising stations are being installed at key locations. We will also factor in enough time for you to walk across campus safely between your lessons. In the classrooms, desks will all face forwards and we are currently planning for suitable social distancing arrangements to be maintained.

What exactly will my virtual learning look like?

We’ve been busy making our virtual learning experience even better with lots more engaging content so you can be inspired by our experts online and on campus. You’ll have live online classes where you can interact and chat with your fellow students in real time, and on-demand digital learning that you can do in your own time to fit your schedule. This content could include videos, interactive quizzes, problem solving exercises and discussion boards so you can interact with fellow students and your lecturers. There will be student group work so you can actively collaborate with your peers and guided individual learning programmes. This all forms part of your face-to-face learning.

Large lectures will be delivered digitally with smaller group, face-to-face seminars and discussions afterwards.

This mix of on-campus face to face and quality online learning means we can quickly adapt to changing Government advice so while your course might start this way, we hope that over the coming months we’ll be able to move back to normal University life. We will be publishing full timetables for each course early in September.

What about the library and study spaces?

UEA has excellent library facilities. We’ve been operating a digital library to ensure our current students have the resources they need. In September we’re planning to re-open the library with social distancing, one way systems and cleaning wipes in the IT spaces so you can wipe down your keyboards and mice after use. We will follow Government advice on opening times and student numbers. We can move quickly to a click and collect service if lockdown rules change.

And you will also have plenty of space for small group and individual study. As well as nearly 80 areas in the library, we are creating more than 100 new individual and group study spaces across the campus. As well as many areas in the library, we are creating more than 100 new individual and group study spaces across the campus.

I’m applying for a medicine and health sciences course which is supposed to have face to face placement activity outside of campus, will that continue?

Yes, courses in our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have a strong focus on patient contact right from the outset with placements at many of our local NHS partners. This will continue. Up to 50% of your learning time will be in a clinical placement where you will be supervised by an experienced member of clinical staff and learn through engaging with patients. For each placement we will need to undertake a risk assessment based on the latest Government healthcare advice relating to COVID-19. There may be adaptions to your programme, including where and how your placement takes place and the length of time on placement, but we will be working with you and the clinical placement colleagues to ensure that we meet the accreditation requirements for you to graduate and that your learning outcomes are not compromised.  The other 50% of your time will be spent in study, either in face-to-face teaching, online learning, or enquiry-based learning (EBL).

How safe will I be at UEA?

Student and staff safety is our number one priority. We’ve carried out enhanced cleaning and we have detailed safety arrangements for teaching, learning and the campus environment. We’ve created new learning spaces, and adapted teaching rooms and communal areas to make social distancing possible in lessons and when you’re walking around. We’ve changed our timetable and introduced one-way systems and marked areas to help maintain social distancing. There are increased hygiene facilities, and hand sanitising stations are being installed at key locations.

I have concerns about arriving on campus or taking part in face to face learning due to my personal circumstances, what can you do to support me?

Going to University for the first time is a new and exciting experience, but we know many future students can feel apprehensive, especially in the current situation. We understand some of you will have specific concerns about arriving on campus due to personal circumstances such as your health, disability, caring responsibilities, travel and quarantine issues or financial arrangements.  We are also mindful that some students, with vulnerable health conditions for example, may not feel able to take part in face to face learning. We are committed to helping our students settle into their new life and support you with your studies. We can look at options such as more virtual learning or individual learning plans. By 21 August we will be reaching out to all prospective students via email to discuss your individual personal circumstances and work with you to understand your specific needs. As always, if you have any questions please contact our Admissions Service.

What happens if there’s a second lockdown?

We're monitoring Government advice and health updates regularly and will be ready to adapt to any further lockdowns to ensure student and staff safety.

Will I be able to move into my campus accommodation?

Yes. All students planning to come to UEA this September are guaranteed accommodation and can apply for accommodation by 31 July 2020. At the moment we are expecting all students allocated a room, to be able to arrive and live on campus as planned at the end of September. We will be working on a staged arrival plan from 19 September to ensure that you will be able to move into your room in a safe and distanced way. For any international students who might need to self-isolate due to UK Government regulations you will be able to arrive earlier in September. International offer holders will receive information from us on this. Please see below additional information for International offer holders.

How will shared accommodation work in a socially distanced world?

There are lots of different types of accommodation you can choose from. Each student flat has a set number of rooms. You’ll live with other students so you can share experiences and make new friends. Not only will your flat be your home from home it will be the equivalent of your “household” in terms of Government guidelines. This means you won’t have to socially distance inside your flat. When you select your room you will be choosing to move into a flat with at least one other student, or up to 13 other students. There’s lots of good Government advice about staying safe within shared accommodation

There will be enhanced cleaning in the shared communal areas of your accommodation, such as your kitchen. You will be responsible for cleaning your own rooms with materials provided by the University.There will also be signage in communal areas to remind students of social distancing guidelines around mixing with other households.

We are not planning to allocate students together based on their school or faculty. The exception being Medicine and Health students who we are planning to allocate together due to their external placement work in hospitals. We are also not offering shared rooms this academic year. There will be socially distancing measures outside your flat and across our facilities on campus. Please see this guidance on how to socialise with people outside of your household

We will continue to follow Government guidance to ensure that your student home remains a safe place to live while you study with us.

How can I see the campus and accommodation if I can’t actually visit?

We still want you to experience what it’s like to live and study here at UEA. That’s why we’ve launched our first ever Virtual Open Day, which you can attend at any time without leaving the comfort of your home.

You will be able to hear from students and staff about the subject you’re interested in, attend pre-recorded Q&A sessions with current students and our admissions experts, take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus and explore our accommodation, teaching facilities and the historic city of Norwich. We’re planning to run tours and events on campus when it is safe and practical to do so. We continue to monitor Government guidelines and will regularly update these pages.

There’s also our Ask a Student platform to find out first-hand from students what it’s like living and learning here. Some of our current students have also hit the headlines recently for recreating our famous campus on the computer game Minecraft.

What about campus life?

UEA is a set in 360 acres of beautiful green parkland, with cycle paths, walking trails and wildlife. You will have the space to explore and relax safely on a large self-contained campus. You can walk to your tutorials and classes. Almost all your student needs are catered for on campus, from a large food shop with post office, a medical centre with doctors and dentists, bank, pharmacy and Waterstones book shop. Historic Norwich city centre is a 15 minute bike ride away.

We plan to open all our campus cafés, restaurants and bars, from the beginning of term, following Government guidance. We will also be offering “click and collect” services in some outlets.

I’m an international student, when can I arrive?

We are still planning to welcome new international students in September, but if that’s not possible for you we are happy to offer our international students flexible arrival options up to 25 October. Digital learning resources will be available to access remotely, until your arrival, to ensure that you don’t fall behind. If you have on campus accommodation, this will be held and there will be no additional cost.

For those students arriving in September we are offering a pick-up service from London Heathrow and Norwich airports. More information will be available about this soon.

What if I'm unable to arrive on a designated arrival date?

We are encouraging students to arrive on our designated arrival dates where possible, however we understand that students may not be able to do so.  As such, we are pleased to offer our international students flexible arrival options between the 4th September to 25 October for most of our courses*. Digital learning resources will be available to access remotely, until your arrival, to ensure that you don’t fall behind. If you have on campus accommodation, this will be held and there will be no additional cost.  Please note that the last date of on campus registration is the 26th October.

*Due to the nature of placements PGCE, medicine and health science programmes (excluding health economics) require students to be on campus no later than the first week of their course commencing.

What happens if I'm required to self-isolate?

We are hopeful that many travel restrictions in place globally will be eased by September. We are closely monitoring the situation whilst following Government guidance. 

However if you do need to self-isolate we will do everything we can to support you. If you can arrive in September we are encouraging students to arrive on our early designated arrival dates:

• Undergraduate Students 4th & 5th September
• Postgraduate Students 10th & 11th September

Students arriving on these dates will be able to make use of our airport collection service from Heathrow and Norwich airports. (There will be more information on this soon.) They will also receive the first two weeks of their UEA accommodation free of charge and, where possible, will be housed in the UEA accommodation that they have been offered for the year.

If you are required to self-isolate and are arriving outside of these dates, we may assign you to different accommodation for this period before moving you into your room for the year.

Your arrival and key collection will be conducted in a contactless manner and you will be guided to your room by a member of staff. You will be able to order food from campus outlets to be delivered to your door using our dedicated app.  Online supermarket shopping can also be delivered to you. You will be able to access your learning materials and attend virtual events.

We will continue to send detailed information on the arrivals process to our offer holders and returning students throughout August.


Are you changing your English language requirements for international students this September?

We recognise that many of our future students have missed out on some of their additional English language training before joining us. Given these exceptional circumstances we are modifying our International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements for a number of our courses. These changes will apply for the September 2020 intake only.  We are also providing extra in-sessional English language tuition to all of our international students. 

We are also aware that some of our future students are experiencing difficulties in sitting for IELTS tests. As such we have reviewed our list of alternative qualifications to include TOEFL, Pearsons, Duolingo and Password. You can find a full breakdown of our revised requirements here.

I already have an English qualification which falls short of your requirements.  Is there any pre-sessional courses for international students that I can take?  

We recommend that you take one of our pre-sessional English courses. These are available online, including the 4, 8 and 12-week courses which are designed specifically to improve your English to our entry level standard. 

UEA is offering students a full refund for these programmes in the form of a progressions award.  This award will be deducted from your degree tuition fees should you progress onto an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at UEA. You can find out more on our pre-sessional English page

UEA has international overseas support staff in China, India, Nigeria, the US, Malaysia and Vietnam, to help with any specific enquiries you might have. You can also contact the UEA International Office.

My course has a study abroad year or a semester abroad option, what happens with that?

We expect that any travel restrictions will be relaxed by the time you start to prepare to study abroad during your second or third year. You will be enrolled on to a Study Abroad module, and will be provided with timely updates and timetabled briefing sessions to ensure you’re fully prepared, right from the outset, for your study abroad journey with UEA

I’m a visiting study abroad or exchange student, when can I arrive?

As for all international student arrivals, we are still planning to welcome you in late September, but if that’s not possible for you we are pleased to be able to offer our international students flexible arrival options up to 25 October. Digital learning resources will be available to access remotely, until your arrival, to ensure that you don’t fall behind. If you have on campus accommodation, this will be held and there will be no additional cost. Contact us at with specific queries.

What about student maintenance loans and bursaries. Are there any changes?

It’s been a very uncertain year and not surprisingly many people have worries about their financial circumstances. UEA is here to help and we’ve put some extra measures in place to support students encountering financial difficulties.

New students need to apply to Student Finance England (SFE) to see if they are eligible for a maintenance loan from SFE and a bursary from UEA. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. UEA will use SFE financial information, with your consent to share, to assess your eligibility for a bursary.

This assessment will look at your household income for the 2018/19 financial year so if your financial circumstances have changed it might be wise to consider asking SFE to reassess your case. This means that even if you weren’t eligible for extra support previously, you might be in 2020/21.

This year we’ve also arranged for students who are eligible for a UEA bursary to be paid their first instalment earlier than usual, on the 25th September. This will also be a larger slice of your entitlement with half paid upfront and then half in February. We hope this will help students buy what they need to support their studies, whether that’s new technology, books or other materials. You can find out more on our bursaries page

What are your plans to welcome students?

We’ve got a range of activities planned, both virtual and on campus, which will introduce you to campus life and Norwich, help you make friends and begin this exciting new chapter in your life as a UEA student. Students will also have access to our new Welcome app which will be your pocket guide to all things UEA and help make you feel at home.

The Students’ Union will also be running its sports and societies fairs virtually, so you can see the wide range of clubs and societies on offer, and they are planning a number of activities to welcome new students onto campus. We’re also looking at expanding our campus social spaces to allow for socially distanced activities and to make the student experience at UEA as exciting and welcoming as possible.

For students who may be unable to join us for any reason, no problem! We’re planning activities throughout the first few weeks of term so that whenever you join us, you’ll get a warm welcome from UEA.

Will sports facilities and clubs be up and running?

UEA is home to Sportspark, one of the most successful community sports facilities in the UK. It has recently reopened under Government guidelines so students can stay fit and active on campus in a safe and socially distanced way. There’s a world-class 50m swimming pool, athletics track, gym and class training, squash courts, flood lit sports pitches for football and hockey, outdoor courts for netball and tennis, a climbing wall and gymnastics centre.

The centre will work to a booking system, it will be a cash-less environment and air handling systems have been amended to rely on fresh air rather than re-circulation. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting across the centre.

Queuing zones and a one-way system will be in place across the centre. There will be capacity conditions and some activity schedules or fitness sessions times will be amended to allow change-over and clean down times to be included.

UEA Sport will also be running a number of activities and initiatives to get students involved in sports and physical activity. With 58 sports clubs on offer, from archery and ballet, to rowing and cricket, there’s plenty of choice. UEA Sport will provide support and ensure sessions are run according to government and Sporting National Governing Body guidelines. Where clubs cannot train because of social distancing, we will run online classes and challenges so they can still participate in sports club activities.  As well as sports clubs activities, UEA Sport will continue to run their award-winning Active Campus participation programme, including initiatives such as wellbeing dog walks, day trips to local areas, drop-in sports and group exercise classes, inter-faculty competitions and events, all of which adhering to social distancing and government guidelines.

What about extra-curricular opportunities outside of my studies?

Your UEA student experience also supports your personal development and wellbeing, ensuring you are well prepared for life beyond graduation.

Alongside teaching and private study, there will be time for you to develop your professional and personal skills. You'll be able to choose from a range of different opportunities, such as becoming a student rep; attending study skills, wellbeing, or careers workshops; doing work experience or volunteering; running a student society or sports club; becoming a peer learning mentor. You can even gain recognition for your skills and achievements through the UEA Award scheme.

For specific queries please contact