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University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia
Spend a semester, year, or summer studying at the University of East Anglia, located in historic Norwich.
Norwich, England
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
American Studies
Communication Studies
Computer Science
East Asian Languages & Culture
Environmental Studies
Film & Media Studies
Germanic Languages & Literatures
History of Art
Political Science
Social Work
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Summer Non-Faculty Led

"Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art public library then I have yet to hear of it." -Stephen Fry, actor and writer

  • Norwich, one of the most historic and picturesque cathedral cities in England, lies at the heart of rural East Anglia
  • The city has been recently voted on of Britain's top cities for quality of life and prosperity. New developments are being started every month, from the University's own regional sports center to the redevelopment of the riverside area with shopping malls and multiplex cinemas
  • For the third consecutive year, students at the University of East Anglia have placed UEA in the top five mainstream English universities for overall student satisfaction and for satisfaction with the teaching they receive
Program Summary: 

The KU Great Britain Direct Exchange Program (GBDX) is designed to stimulate and enrich the intellectual development of KU students through a direct experience in the British academic and cultural environment, promoting friendship with Great Britain and broadening international horizons. To realize this mission, KU has signed direct exchange agreements with eleven universities in Great Britain, which allow KU students to study for a semester or year abroad at greatly reduced costs. In exchange, British students from these same universities will study for a semester or year at KU.

All universities offer year-long exchanges. Classes begin in late September or early October and finish in very late May or June. All universities offer generous vacation and travel times.

The university admitted its first students in 1963 and now enrolls 13,000 students. The main campus is located three miles to the west of Norwich, in an area of outstanding beauty located on the slopes of the Yare Valley. UEA is particularly well known for its courses in Creative Writing and Literature, its School of Environmental Sciences, and for the spectacular Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. UEA's Study Abroad and Exchange Guide can be found here.


Norwich, one of the most historic and picturesque cathedral cities in England, lies at the heart of rural East Anglia. It was the second most important city in medieval England, and its rich heritage can still be found within the old city walls, from the stunning medieval architecture of the old centre to the well-preserved Norman castle. The city has been recently voted on of Britain's top cities for quality of life and prosperity. New developments are being started every month, from the University's own regional sports centre to the redevelopment of the riverside area with shopping malls and multiplex cinemas.

The region around Norwich has much to offer. Just outside of Norwich are the Norfolk Broads, with its series of rivers and lakes, and the Norfolk coastline, with wildlife sanctuaries and miles of stunning sandy beaches.

Check out Norwich the City of Stories Youtube channel here, as well as the blog cityofstories.co.uk.

Academic Information: 

Academic Program


Students may earn up to 30 hours of KU credit for the year. Most disciplines are offered in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, Education and Health Fields. Students are encouraged to visit each university's website to determine which university offers the best selection of courses to meet graduation requirements. Course catalogs are located in the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Resource Library.

Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Click here to learn how to select courses at East Anglia: Course Selection Guide

Click here for the course catalog: East Anglia Course Catalog

Click here to see sample courses KU students can take at East Anglia: East Anglia Course Equivalencies Type "Anglia" and "Fall" or "Spring" in the search box to return a list of courses that KU students have taken in the past. Be sure to check East Anglia's course catalog in the link above to confirm that a course you are interested in is still being taught when you want to take it.


The UEA International Summer School is a four week program open to University of Kansas students. Students take one class, worth five KU credits during the program. Several field trips and excursions are included in the program. Some of these trips will be connected to particular classes, while others will be for the entire International Summer School group outside of classes. The 2020 UEA International Summer School will run from Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 25.

Classes offered for the 2020 UEA International Summer School include:

Branding, Advertising and Digital Marketing [KU's MKTG 400, 5 credits]
Creative Writing [KU's ENGL 352, 3 credits + ENGL 495, 2 credits]
Global Media and Communications Law [KU's POLS 689, 3 credits + ENGL 249, 2 credits]

More details on these courses can be found here.


Most KU students live in university residence halls or student apartments on or near campus, though there are also housing options closer to the city center, as well as a host family option. In most cases students will have a single room (a small number of twin rooms are available) and will share a common kitchen and bath. There are no meal plans at UEA, apart from a half-board option for Homestay. There are food outlets on campus, and all accommodations on campus include a shared kitchen for preparing meals.

More information on UEA housing options can be found at https://portal.uea.ac.uk/accommodation/visiting-students.

An accommodation guide can be viewed here.


Open to KU students who have achieved junior status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Sophomores with high academic qualifications who meet the course prerequisites will also be considered. Some of the British sites may have additional requirements, including pre-requisites and number of credit hours completed.

Further Reading: 

University Website: www.uea.ac.uk

International Office: www.uea.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/incoming

Links to UEA's Study Abroad blogFacebookInstagramTwitter

Links to UEA's Summer School blogFacebookInstagramTwitter

Academic Calendar: www.uea.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/incoming/dates

City Website: www.norwich.gov.uk

East of England Visitor's Guide: www.visiteastofengland.com

The Student Union (UEA's on-line student publication):


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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