University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

About

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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Cagdas
9/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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F.
2/10

First of all if you’re female, black, asian, LGBTQ+, or any combination of all of those things- save your sanity and avoid this school. Racism, sexual assault/harassent, and some homophobia are all too common here. Only in my year(2017-2018) did the school finally create a “never ok” campaign to combat sexual assault and harassment, but the campaign fails to cover racism and homophobia(even though it is supposed to cover general harassment). When it comes to even reporting sexual assault, know that it is HARD. There are no instructions on who to talk to or where to go when it happens. Security on campus are pretty hard to talk to considering they can barely make eye contact with you?

Mental healthcare on campus is also a bust. It takes about a month to get an appointment with a counselor(if you even come to try and get help, your mental health is already in a serious position and to wait another month????). Living in the Ziggarauts amongst younger students I have seen some sad/ disturbing stuff. I do worry for students here because there is little to no support for them mentally or academically.

Now to academics, if you are in sciences- just run away. You dont get any of your grades until A MONTH after you turn in assignments and there are no extra credit/make up assignments for if you did worse than expected-so you’re screwed( same logic applies to exams I took in may and STILL DONT HAVE MY GRADES FOR- its JULY). There are no tutors or academic support for sciences here and most advisors are pretty unhelpful/do the bare minimum to help you. Unfortunately, most science students here act like we’re all competing for a single degree so they wont work/study with you. Aside from that hot mess of a lab, I did meet a few kind and friendly lab professors and associates who actually answered my questions, were helpful, and very supportive when I told them about the blatant discrimination in that one horrible lab. It seems like the professors here are hard to talk to at first, but if they get to know you as a person, they are SUPER helpful and supportive. A handful of the professors here want to help you succeed, the other half and more so researchers who are horrible at teaching so be prepared to teach yourself from the start. Another pet peev of mine here at UEA is the fact that 90% of lectures are extremely boring, monotone, and not very engaging. Professors get angry when students dont show up to lecture but they read their slides word for word! Only a few lecturers ask students questions during class and get us involved in discussions so we actually digest and piece together what we learned( S/O to Cell Biology for being THE most engaging and relatively enjoyable class for me). At my home university, iclickers, quiz questions, and other methods are used to get students involved but for some odd reason, most science lecturers avoid this(not the same for other majors like economics and business from what i have heard). So again, you really are in charge of your own learning and teaching yourself for the most part.

Overall, i feel like I set myself back a year academically with this university and its lack of support services, little to no diversity in both students, staff, and teaching styles within the sciences, and slow grade publishing. I worked my butt off this year and ended it mentally exhausted and feeling defeated. So if you want one heck of a challenge, go to UEA. Maybe it will put pressure on the vice chancellor to actually do something about these issues and allow the school to grow into its full potential.

How can this program be improved?
More educational and mental healthcare support for students. Tell international students how grading and exams work BEFORE we come overseas. Work on making the campus safer(in terms of drug counseling and a better understanding of addiction/ mental illness for first year students- especially low income students, immigrant students, and students of color who are routinely ignored and put in worse off situations because mental health staff are not trained on how to deal with intersectional issues such as racism, poverty, LGBTQ+ students, and different cultures) and more inclusive/ accepting campus culture. Also allowing for international students to live together and support each other( not just INTO, which most western SA students dont really know much about). Allow older SA students to know more about housing demographics( i would NOT have lived in the Zigs if i had known everyone would be a first year student when im in my fourth year and way more serious about my studies).
Response from University of East Anglia

We are saddened to read the review and to hear that you feel your experience at UEA was not what we’d wish for. UEA is a diverse university that welcomes students and staff from all backgrounds and we want all students to have a positive experience of university life, whatever their ethnicity or culture, sex, sexual orientation or identity, background, financial status or disability. UEA is proud to be an LGBT+ friendly university with a warm and welcoming atmosphere no matter how students identify.
UEA is strongly committed to supporting student wellbeing and UEA has amongst the best waiting times for Mental Health support in the sector, with an average of 6 days for a student to be seen by a wellbeing adviser in the Student Support Service. We offer a range of support, from online resources, workshops, and peer support, through to three different types of one-to-one therapeutic intervention.
The “Never OK” campaign runs in addition to, and alongside, our well-established policies and procedures on harassment. It would not be the case to say that prior to the launch of this particular campaign there was no means of addressing concerns relating to harassment. Whilst the campaign ran a particular focus last year on sexual harassment and violence, and in the 2018 academic year the focus will be hate crime, the campaign covers all areas and we believe this is clear in the promotional material. Racism in all its forms is not tolerated at UEA and a complaints system exists that is available for students who have concerns, which would be fully investigated. Without such an investigation, it would not be appropriate to take a view on the veracity of the allegations. Advice and guidance on dealing with complaints of harassment and sexual violence is available during working hours from the Student Support Service and Student’s Union Advice Centre, and out of hours through the Warden and Security teams. We believe that sources of support are widely advertised and well understood, and are prominently advertised on the student web portal landing-page.
All students in every Faculty at UEA (including visiting and part-time) are assigned an Adviser who supports them in all matters academic, professional and personal during their time at UEA.
Students are appraised prior to their arrival at UEA that the methods of teaching and overall academic culture will be different to what they are used to at their home universities/in their home countries, with particular emphasis on the expectation that students will take responsibility for individual learning. Students are also advised at the start of term of the difference between formative and summative assessments, and to reach out to LTS Hubs and academic advisers with questions concerning grading and assessments.
It is hoped that in addition to the information and support offered by the UEA Study Abroad team, students will be motivated to explore and research their destination independently, including how they can expect to be taught and learn while studying in a foreign country (and prepare themselves accordingly as part of the process of going abroad).
UEA Accommodation operates a policy of integration, to ensure that each individual residence managed by the University is inhabited by a diverse community of students from a variety of countries and cultures. Due to how UEA’s courses and semesters operate, Study Abroad students are housed with undergraduate students in residences, but can request to be allocated in the same flats as mature students (that is, students who are over the age of 21) at the point of application.

INTO UEA operates on the University’s campus, but they are not one and the same: INTO is a separate company, which works with university partners to provide specialist degrees and pathway programmes designed to enable international students to study at leading UK universities. There are no students living in INTO’s residences who are not from overseas.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Rowan
10/10

Norwich itself was absolutely gorgeous and the community friendly, inviting, and warm with rich culture at every corner. Campus was small enough to be easily traversed while large enough to see new students every day. The library is quiet and always open for those who need access to printers and computers, or a quiet space, and the LCR has weekly events events for those who want to party and de-stress. The teaching style at the University is different from that in the States, however, in that it is completely self-paced and there is little work to be done for lectures. For the academic year I studied, I wrote four papers and took six final exams, and that was the entirety of my workload. The rest of the year I spent reading articles for lectures and books outside of class, besides work, and it was completely up to my own habits to depict how well I did.

Classes are completely self-paced and with hour-long lectures once or twice a week (depending on course load) there leaves plenty of reading and studying time with classes you're interested in. I worked part-time as a bartender as well and was able to juggle work and my classes with moderate ease, working ~20 hours per week and as a full time student. I was able to travel around England as well over the long breaks (a month for Christmas time and another month for Easter) and meet many people who shared the same interests I did. A key part of English culture lies in drinking and even if people don't drink for the sake of getting drunk, going out into town for pub crawls is a common thing for club activities and there are plenty of pubs to choose from; there is a saying that there "are churches in Norwich for every Sunday of the year and a pub for every other day in the year."

How can this program be improved?
With a few modifications to the campus itself (such as more launderettes/laundromats), I have loved my trip and am grateful to the program for allowing me the opportunity.
Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Rowan!
Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at UEA and that you were able to explore England. Good luck with the rest of your studies - UEA will be waiting for you if you ever wish to visit in the future.
Best wishes,
Rachel
UEA Study Abroad Office.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Caitlin
10/10

UEA really is wonderful!! It is absolutely gorgeous and the people are so nice! It isn't a huge campus and everything is really easy to get to. There is even a bus stop on campus that goes to and from the city centre every ten minutes. There are multiple cafes and restaurants which are all really good and affordable. My personal favourite cafe is Kofra Coffee in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The coffee is delicious and the baristas will remember you if you visit at least a couple times! This is also a great place to study. Another great option is Unio because it is right in the centre of campus and next to the library! They have a ton of options and are super fast. Perfect for grabbing a coffee then heading to the library.
While here, I joined two clubs: The Concrete and The French Society of UEA. The Concrete is UEA's student-run newspaper. I helped with copy editing, but you can basically do anything for them. UEA's French Society is full of some of the sweetest people on campus. Each event feels like it goes really fast because they are all so relaxed. The best part is that they will not pressure you to speak in French unless you want to, and they always have a big smile on their faces when you attend an event! Plus there is usually bread and cheese :) I would definitely recommend joining a club or two. They do not meet all the time but are super fun when they do!

How can this program be improved?
This program can be improved by offering more international student events. I began to feel a little isolated and had trouble finding people to explore with.
Response from University of East Anglia

Hi Caitlin!
Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. I'm so happy you think UEA is wonderful and that you were able to experience some snow during your time here! Kofra is definitely one of my favourite places to get coffee (alongside Ziggys).
Thank you for sharing your opinion about hosting more international events. We've taken your opinion on board and in September, alongside our 15 events, we'll be launching the Global Café: a way for incoming and outgoing students to meet fortnightly over coffee. We're really excited about this, so we hope you think it's a good idea too! :-)
Thanks again and all the best for your future studies.
Best wishes,
Rachel
Study Abroad Office

Yes, I recommend this program
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Illiana
9/10

I loved my semester abroad in UEA. The university was amazing. The courses I took were really interesting and I learnt so much from all my lectures and seminars.
Norwich is a small city but it has everything you could need. If you love history this is the place to go.
Studying in UK was a great experience and I am confident that all the skills I developed in UEA will help me in my future, both academically and professionally.

Response from University of East Anglia

Hi there Illiana!
Thanks for taking the time to leave your review! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and had a great time studying abroad.
Best wishes and good luck with your future endeavours.
Rachel
Study Abroad Office

Yes, I recommend this program

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