Norwich, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
University of East AngliaNorwich, The United Kingdom
The University and Location
The University of East Anglia (UEA) has ranked in the top 2% of world universities and consistently rates in the top 5 UK universities for student satisfaction. UEA is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of Environment, Health, and Plant Science. With a student population of 15,000, the university is known for its strong programs in Creative Writing, International Development, Environmental Sciences, and Law.
UEA’s campus is located in the small city of Norwich in a uniquely green space on the Earlham golf course. It boasts a state-of-the-art library, open 24/7 and furnished with 1400 study places. Its on-campus concert venue has been voted the best student music venue in the UK.
The city of Norwich is overlooked by a towering cathedral and a Norman castle, with cobbled streets that open onto riverside walks, quiet gardens, museums, cozy pubs and art galleries. Ancient buildings now serve as cinemas, tearooms, concert halls and bohemian flats. The city is home to three Booker Prize winners.
Public transportation is regular, safe and easy to use for 24-hour travel between the city and the University. Two-hour train rides to London Liverpool Street (central London) depart half-hourly every day. Norwich is located just 30 minutes from the coastline and countryside, where locals enjoy sailing, boating, and surfing on the North Sea.
Courses (called “modules”) at UEA follow the traditional English model. Most classes generally meet once or twice a week and have a seminar or workshop integrated, which meets every other week. There are exceptions in sciences and other modules with laboratory components. Assessment is by coursework (usually a piece of written work), project, examination, or a combination of these.
Most modules are semester long, but some Law and all Business modules are year-long. Psychology classes have limited spaces and preference is given to students studying the subject at their home university.
You can review the module catalogue for visiting students. Please note that you must take 2 out of 3 classes in one school. You can review the schools here.
Credits and Grading
UEA uses UK credits. Loyola students take 60 UK credits a semester (15 credits at Loyola). Many classes ("modules") are 20 UK credits, so the average course load is three modules per semester. However, please check the number of credits attached to each module, as some are worth more or less.
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
Fall Semester: mid-September – mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January – mid-June
Note: There is a 3 to 4-week break for the Easter holiday during the spring semester.
Each September and January, the International Students Advisory Team (ISAT) at UEA organizes and delivers International Arrival Days and an Orientation for all new international students. All Loyola students are required to participate. The International Students Advisory Team is on-hand to support new students with arrivals and orientation and the team's UEA Friends group provides opportunities for new international students to meet with current international students, who are there to provide advice and guidance and to help you get to know the university. Students will hear short presentations from a variety of speakers from across the campus providing important information that students need while at UEA. Other activities frequently include: welcome lunch, campus tours, coffee and tea afternoon, games night, and a trip to Cambridge. These events give students the opportunity to settle in and begin adjusting to life in the UK and at UEA.
Finance and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
You will have to apply for a visa that allows you to study in the UK. If you are going to study in Great Britain for one semester, you will typically apply for a Student Visitor Visa. In general, on a Student Visitor Visa you may only study up to six months in the UK and you cannot work at all during that time. The financial requirements for this type of visa are less rigid and you can normally apply for the Student Visitor Visa directly at the port of entry when entering the UK.
If you choose a one-year exchange program or consider applying for an internship in Great Britain, you will have to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa in advance. The earliest you can submit your application is three months before your courses start, and you should try to submit your application as soon as possible.
Start planning your visa application early - make sure money is in your bank account and start getting your documents together.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs site gives clear and helpful explanations for the Visa application process:
ISEP Country Handbook, Visa Guidelines
University of East Anglia, Visa websites
Useful WebsitesUEA International Student Website
Visitor website for Norwich
US State Department Travel Information for the UK
General Study Abroad guidelines by the US State Department
Last updated 5/1/2018