University of East Anglia Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in Norwich, England. This exchange program is based on intensive self-motivated study in many fields of the humanities, natural, and social sciences. You may take courses in environmental sciences, film and television studies, art history, archaeology, and cultural resource management. 

The UEA campus is a mini city. Almost every student need is met on campus, with a large food shop which includes a post office, bank, launderette, pharmacy, and Waterstone’s bookshop. There are plenty of places to eat and drink. The student union runs eateries, cafes, and shops. UEA boasts a range of entertainment and performance venues and is host to a variety of events throughout the year, including theater productions, comedy, literary events, and live music. The university is also home to the largest indoor university sports center in England, including an indoor climbing wall, two 25-meter swimming pools, soccer park, track, and two indoor arenas.  

UEA Friends Program - Current UEA students will be your Student Support Rep. and will help welcome you after you arrive on campus, help you to meet others, and get you settled in as quickly as possible.  The Student Support Service office offers a wide range of advice and guidance to students, which include: Financial advice; Advice for international students; Learning enhancement; Disability, including dyslexia; Wellbeing; Life in residences; and General information, advice and guidance.  Exchange students also have access to Computer Labs, Student Organizations, Gym and Sports Facilities, Library, Health Services, and all services offered at the student union. The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. 
UEA is located just outside Norwich, England, 115 miles northeast of London. The historic city of Norwich has a population of 150,000, giving it a cosmopolitan atmosphere that offers numerous attractions to students, as well as the opportunity to participate in the social and cultural life of a provincial English city. At the heart of the dynamic East Anglia region, the city is a thriving commercial center with a bustling open-air market surrounded by department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and some 300 pubs. There is also a rich variety of entertainment to choose from, including numerous lively restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, and musical venues. Norwich has a peaceful side too: quiet gardens, cobbled pedestrian streets, five museums and an art gallery. Everywhere, you see evidence of the old and new coexisting together: the architectural modernity of the University is complemented by the medieval elegance of the city. Old buildings are rarely conserved as museum pieces - a 13th century crypt is used as a coffee bar serving a 15th century friary which is used as a concert hall. 
Exchange students at East Anglia are eligible for the Butex Scholarship - Visit this link to get more information about this scholarship:

NOTE: If you decide to take a course through the Centre for Japanese Studies Summer Programme, please note that the classes are NOT for credit. You will not receive any credits for participating in these courses.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2022 2/1/2022 Late September Late December
Academic Year 2022-23 2/1/2022 Late September Mid-June
Spring Semester 2023 6/15/2022 Mid-January Mid-June
Academic Details

UEA is divided into three Faculties (like UO colleges), each of which includes several Schools (like UO departments). The curriculum is organized in semester or year-long modules of studies. Exams are offered only at the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in a fall module with an exam, please ask UEA whether it is possible to have an alternate assessment for that module. Modules are available to exchange students in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. The Course Search link on the sidebar menu lists only the modules that are open to exchange students. You must ensure that 2/3 of the modules you select are in a single department.

Modules are the equivalent to classes at the UO and courses are equivalent to UO majors. Modules at UEA may be comprised of one or more of a number of different elements: Lecture; Seminar/Tutorial; Workshop; Orals; Lab work; Studio Time; Field Work; Placement. Depending upon module enrolments, actual classroom contact time may be between 2 - 8 hours per module per week. For modules where there is less contact time at UEA, you are expected to do personal study as outlined by the module handbook given to you at your first contact point for the module. It is important to establish a good working routine so that you use time effectively.

Coursework (assessment) is a key part of your academic life. There are two functions to coursework: to help you learn through feedback (formative); to evaluate your progress within the module (summative). Formative coursework marks do not contribute to your module and degree results; summative coursework marks contribute to your module and degree results. All coursework at UEA is submitted and marked anonymously, to ensure that marking is objective.

A full course load 60 UEA units per semester, normally made up from between 1 – 4 modules totaling this amount. This is usually equivalent to three modules per semester.

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to the University of East Anglia.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements
  • Complete WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades B- or higher  
  • Math/Science students, you must complete your 200-level math/science sequences 
  • You must be at least 18 years of age 


Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to UEA. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year.

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for UEA. This typically includes an online application for UEA, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, and your study plan at UEA. You must select 9 modules per semester (20 Units each). UEA will enroll you for three of those

Housing Description

You are guaranteed housing in student resident halls on the main University campus or in central Norwich if you apply early and accept the offer made by UEA. Additional rooms are also available in the student village, at a walkable distance from campus. Arrangements are made by the University's Accommodation Office. The bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared.

There is no meal plan; all residences are "self-catering" (housing without meals but access to a full kitchen). There are restaurants and snack bars on campus. Housing fees are paid directly to UEA. The housing contract for the full year (39 weeks) includes vacation accommodation. UEA also offers accommodation in homestay. If you are arranging your own housing, you are advised to arrive in Norwich early. 

The UEA Students' Union co-ordinates the Home Run service which helps students to find private accommodation in Norwich. 

Visiting and Exchange students starting courses in September should apply for accommodation in May/June, as most offers will be sent out in July.  Applications for the Spring semester should be submitted in November. 

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.