University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

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The University of East Anglia is a UK Top 15 University, and a World Top 200 Higher Education Institute. Based on a beautiful campus in the historic city of Norwich, we pride ourselves on the excellent academic, social and cultural facilities we offer. Our campus is a friendly environment with a real sense of community, where students from many different cultures and backgrounds live and study.

Website
www.uea.ac.uk
Founded
1963
Headquarters

University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich
NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Ophelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a wonderful experience during International Summer School 2018. During my application process, the staff were tremendously helpful through email answering all of my questions. I appreciated their accommodation throughout my entire study abroad. I was in the Japan Orientation module and I enjoyed becoming good friends with the other students in my module. I learned just as much from my peers in discussion as I did from the lectures. The academic field trips were a highlight for me! The museums that we visited were amazing. Most of all, I had so much fun at UEA. The campus is beautiful and I took many walks. I learned so much in just four weeks, and I draw on that knowledge and experience every day. The ISS is a great opportunity and I thoroughly recommend it!

Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Ophelia, thank you for your great review! We're glad to hear that our help was useful, and that you enjoyed your academic module and especially the field trips!
Best wishes,
Roanne, Summer Study at UEA team

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Ewa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great opportunity to learn not only about your course topic but also about countries of your groupmates. Super-friendly, helpful staff and teachers (<3), interesting lectures and field trips, various social activities.
The university's campus is vast and nice, with a lot of space for a nice walk or jogging. There's a shop (even if you forget your travel adapter, don't worry, you can buy it here), cafes and a bookstore by the campus, it takes a little bit of a time to get to the closest supermarket though.
Aside from classes and field trips, you can also take part in other social activities, like boat cruise or Great Britain quiz, along with students from other courses.
If you want to spend an enjoyable summer in a picturesque English town and learn about interesting matters in a good company of friendly people, hesitate no more and apply!

What would you improve about this program?
There was a slight confusion regarding the way of submitting our final reports and the topic of our final presentation but eventually it was solved somehow smoothly. From time perspective no major issues that could discourage your from applying to this course.
Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Ewa, thanks so much for leaving this review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the beautiful UEA campus and the social activities.
Thank you as well for the helpful feedback regarding the assignment submission and apologies again for the confusion. We have changed the process for 2019 and will ensure that it's clearer for future students!
Best wishes,
Roanne, Summer Study at UEA team

Henry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would like to share my own experience and I hope it'll help.
At a time, I was desperate for the outside world like foreign countries. However, during a long period, I was not brave enough to take the first step, and certainly, out of fear, scared of my broken English and other unknowns. Nevertheless, the first time I saw the University of East Anglia (UEA) International Summer School Program, I knew it was time to apply what I was looking forward to reality.
My nerves had been stretched tightly since I was picked up at Heathrow airport. On the bus back to school, I would like to say hello to students nearby, but out of the deep-rooted introverted ethos of Chinese, I gave up. In the welcome brunch, by playing Bingo, I dared to pluck up courage to talk to those were strangers to me at that instant but later who became my most precious friends.
From then on, every time there were activities, I would try to hold back the willing which persuaded me to flock together with the other Chinese mates, as the reason I came abroad was to step out of the comfort zone. My friends probably had perceived my inquietude, for when I was with them they always engaged me naturally or half unconsciously. What impressed me most was an unnoticeable detail, the day we had dinner at Norwich, everyone at the table talked, when it was my turn, the exact time I tried to say something, the rest of the people would lean a little bit forward, just this simple subconscious gesture, making me feel fully respected and deeply moved, since then, I knew I was going to love this group.
After a few days’ endeavor, I could join the others with good grace. One night, after we held a party in the kitchen, I was about to leave, Peggy shouted at me, “You’re Chinese, you’re supposed to be shy!” I really couldn’t stop laughing that time. I admitted that I was very bad at being the stereotypical east Asian. On weekends, we went on a journey to Oxford, we made plans, booked tickets, and arranged accommodations all together. The cooperation made us closer, and we felt a close connection with each other. We did meet some difficulties and challenges, but I wasn’t afraid of them any longer. Right then, I realized the true meaning of youth, it’s not a time of life, but a state of mind, a mind of embracing challenges and unknowns.
I’m so grateful to UEA, my beloved friends as well as Roanne, Claire and Rachel, the staff who firmly supported us. There might be possibility that some of us won't see each other anymore, this period may also be drowned out in the trivial life, but every time when it rushes upon my mind, it would give me power and warmth. Looking at the outside world more often, not only could increase our knowledge, but what’s more important is that those once unknown, and once felt unattainable things have been intimately contacted with us, from then on they’ll be treated with ordinary mentality, aweing but no longer afraid.
If you are considering of applying, don't hesitate, you'll never regert a single bit of it :)

What would you improve about this program?
One month is too short to enjoy, I'd really like to stay longer~
Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Henry, thank you so much for leaving this lovely review, and for this amazing video! We really enjoyed hearing your views and seeing all the other students from ISS 2018 again too! Regarding one month being too short, maybe we will be able to welcome you back to UEA again in the future for a longer visit?
Best wishes,
Roanne, Summer Study at UEA team

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Ákos
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's hard to find the words to describe this amazing experience. During the application, I got every help, no matter what my problem was, the answer arrived in days.
When I arrived they come for us at the airport. The campus is beautiful, hares everywhere (literally EVERYWHERE around the campus and they are cute :D) The dorms are very close. Everyone has their own room, bed, table, shower, bathroom. On the campus, you can find small shops, 2-floor bookstore, café etc.
The lessons were useful in my studies, and we could use the library. I had the chance to ask real experts on different topics and teachers helped at UEA to find my graduation thesis.
The community was incredible I could make new friends and after half a year we are still in contact.
It was the best summer of my life thanks to this programme. Wonderful experience, helpful coordinators and staff, memorable trips, and a huge help in my future studies. I recommend it to everyone!

What would you improve about this program?
It's perfect :D. If there was any problem I can't remember because it was solved so fast. Maybe the only problem, that it was only one month!
Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Ákos,
thank you for leaving this lovely review! We're really glad to hear that you found us helpful before and during the programme, and that your study programme Japan Orientation was so valuable. Regarding the longer programme, maybe we will be able to welcome you back to UEA at some point in the future for a longer visit!
Best wishes,
Roanne, Summer Study at UEA team

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Cagdas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I called Norwich and UEA my home for one semester and, after almost one year, I must say that it definitely deserved that designation. After all, you want to feel comfortable and welcomed in a foreign city that you'll be staying in for quite a while. UEA made this really easy for me as a visiting (Erasmus) student, as they offered their amazing Homestay scheme which provided me with the opportunity to live with a local family. This helped me experience British culture to the fullest and I also had a local by my side who was more than happy to answer all of my questions, so the accommodation part gets a big plus from me.
Norwich itself made a lasting impression on me and I'd consider my activities there to be one of my most worthwhile adventures. It's a beautiful city with amazing architecture, a welcoming and friendly community and a vibrant social life. I personally don't go out a lot, but that turned out to be a bit different in Norwich as I really enjoyed the social aspect there, primarily because there were so many societies and social events at UEA, so make sure to check out all the societies as there should be something that suits your interests! I joined the Video Game Society and I met someone I'm still in touch with.
As someone who comes from a student-centred learning environment where the focus lies on problem-based learning in small groups (Maastricht University, Netherlands), the learning style at UEA was more of a new island to explore. I really liked this, as it gave me a lot of room to reflect upon my own progress. Now, looking back to my semester at UEA, I must say that the teaching system did not negatively affect my academic development in any way. Quite the contrary: it helped me grow as a student, as I had to adjust myself to a new environment. The teaching primarily consisted of lectures and seminars, and I liked all of them as the professors were interactive and engaging whilst also presenting the knowledge in a comprehensible manner. As for the assessment part, I had to write three reviews/essays during the Autumn semester, which proved to be one of my personal highlights, as I could write about topics that I really enjoy.
One thing that is also worth mentioning is the amazing support system at UEA. I can't even describe how amazing and helpful my academic advisor was; hats off!
My conclusion is that my time at UEA was definitely worth it. I initially came to Norwich with some degree of uncertainty, as I didn't know what to expect (considering that UEA became a partner of my home university that year). However, that was the whole point for me...I wanted to explore something new, and it turned out to be amazing.

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Elaine Thomson

Elaine Thomson attended the International Summer School at the University of East Anglia from July 1st-26th, 2013. She is 22 years old and a 4th year Biochemistry student at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Having grown up in Europe and moved around a lot, she loves to travel and saw the this exchange as the ideal way to integrate the great cultural experience of travel with a top notch educational experience.
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Why did you decide to study abroad with UEA?

I chose to study at the University of East Anglia (UEA) as I liked the idea of a 4-week course; long enough to have a true exchange experience but short enough to allow other summer plans, though it turned out to be such a rich experience that I didn’t need any other summer plans! The course was also affordable for the content, and easy to tailor to your financial needs with several optional excursions and a meal plan. I was also tempted by the reputation of UEA as a top-notch institution with excellent facilities, and the perfect balance of academic and social activities in the curriculum.

What was the best place you visited outside of your study abroad city?

We were so lucky to see much of the surrounding area on excursions from UEA. It’s difficult to choose from the nearby Norfolk Broads, Oxford, Bath, Cambridge, London, Salisbury, Cromer and Wells, but I’d have to say Wells-next-the-Sea was my favourite excursion. It’s a beautiful seaside village where I had fresh crab for lunch and we walked along a seaside path to the beach, where we saw colourful beach huts, and then took a little train back into town, which was fantastic! This was followed by a trip to nearby Holkham Hall, a grand manor house that is open to the public. The estate was magnificent and boasted beautiful grounds where people were actually playing cricket when we arrived!

If you could do-over one thing, what would it be?

If I could change one thing, it would be that there were more hours in the day and that the 4 weeks didn’t fly by so quickly! But really, you don’t want to miss a second of the excitement, and this does mean that you’re constantly kept busy and maybe don’t get too much sleep! But everything you do on exchange is worth it, whether planned or spontaneous. The one thing I do regret is not taking more trips into the Norwich town centre, as it is a beautiful city and my module was quite busy so I didn’t get to see as much of it as maybe some of the other students did. I would suggest making it a point to go and have dinner in town at least once; there’s some great restaurants like Jamie Oliver’s Italian and Thai in the River.

Describe a goal you set and how you went about accomplishing it.

I feel as if I went into the program hoping to be as outgoing as possible and to try new things, because I do have a habit of settling into a routine when I’m at home. Not only did I accomplish both those goals, but the program made it so easy and enjoyable to do so; everyone on exchange is in the frame of mind to meet new people and discover new experiences. Joining in with that attitude comes so naturally on exchange, and if you just go with the flow and keep an open mind to experience as much as possible, amazing times await you! I came out of the program feeling more confident, and with a worldwide group of friends, and future fellow travellers.

Where was your best photo taken and what was it of?

My favourite photo from this trip was a group shot of all of us on our way back to campus after a night out. I love this picture because we’re all smiling and being silly, but also because I feel it really captures the feeling behind this program; I was actually taking a photo of a lit up church in the background, but everybody jumped in at the last minute, and this wonderful spontaneous photo was the result. Also, the fact that this picture was taken only a few days after we’d all met for the first time is a perfect example of the bonding that happens on exchange, and how quickly and firmly your fellow students become comrades in arms!

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