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  • Locations: Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Cornell In-country Support, Direct Enrollment
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory/Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Approved by: A&S, AAP, CALS, ENG, HUM EC, ILR, SHA Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Student Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Advisor: Alayne Prine Curricular Highlights: Economics & Business, Health/Pre-Med, Media/Communications, Natural Science, Performing Arts/Fine Arts/Design, Politics/Policy/Law, Psychology, Sustainability
Program Description:

The Setting

East Anglia's landscape and huge skies have always been a mecca for artists, and the region is steeped in tradition and history. Much that England has to offer is concentrated here, with London, the capital city, less than two hours away by rail or road. Just outside of Norwich are the Norfolk Broads, with their miles of sailing and cruising waters, the long Norfolk coastline with its wildlife sanctuaries and beautiful holiday beaches, as well as classical English countryside, interlaced with sleepy medieval villages, bustling market towns and stately homes. The historic city of Norwich is one and a half miles from UEA. It is one of Britain's major provincial cities - large enough to be cosmopolitan, yet small enough to be intimate and friendly offering numerous attractions to students. Recently Norwich has been voted one of Britain's top cities for quality of life and prosperity. It is a thriving commercial center with a bustling open-air market surrounded by department stores and many specialist retailers. There is a rich variety of entertainment on offer. The city is full of nightclubs, cinemas and international restaurants and houses over 300 pubs and wine bars. The Norwich Arts Centre offers jazz, drama, rock and world music. The Theatre Royal is one of Britain's top provincial venues, showing many London productions of opera, ballet, plays and musicals. Amateur Theatre is provided by the Maddermarket Theatre and the Sewell Barn. There is also a puppet theater which is housed in one of the many medieval churches. Norwich has its tranquil side too: riverside walks, quiet gardens, parks, cobbled pedestrian streets, museums and art galleries.

The University

Since it admitted its first students in 1963, the University of East Anglia has established a reputation as one of the top universities in the U.K. It offers first class teaching and research opportunities and is a very popular choice with U.S. students who wish to spend a semester or year studying in England. The student population has grown to 10,600 of whom about 10 percent are international.

The UEA campus lies on the slopes of the beautiful Yare Valley. It overlooks a lake or "broad" and is surrounded by 270 acres of woods and parkland. UEA has a vast Library, and other important buildings include the Computing Centre and University House - the main social building, the Registry and the Sports Centre. The focal point of the campus is the Square, an outdoor meeting place, with a students' bar to one side. Leading off the Square is the Street, where you will find shops, launderette, post office, banks, and the accommodation center.

The Academic Program

Teaching departments at the University of East Anglia are organized into interdisciplinary Schools of Study. This fosters the study of related subjects and encourages their understanding in a broader context. More emphasis is placed on small group teaching at UEA than at most U.K. universities. There are fewer contact hours than at most U.S. universities and, at first this may appear to be a light workload. However, you are expected to spend more time in the library or in private study, reading in preparation for classes. Many students comment favorably on the amount of personal contact they have with academic staff.

Art and Social Sciences Schools

  • School of Development Studies
  • School of Economic and Social Studies
  • School of English and American Studies
  • School of Management
  • School of History
  • School of Language
  • Linguistics and Translation Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Music
  • School of Psychosocial Studies
  • School of World Art Studies and Museology

Science Schools

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemical Sciences
  • School of Environmental Sciences
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Mathematics

UEA has particular strengths in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, mathematics, computer science, geography, economics, politics and international studies, American studies, English language and literature, history, history of art, philosophy, communications, drama, music, and education. Visit UEA Incoming Study Abroad Students for more information.

Course Load

Cornell Abroad participants must maintain a full course load during their period of study abroad. A full course load at the University of East Anglia is three courses (valued at five U.S. semester credits each) per semester for a total of 15 credits per semester. Most courses at UEA are worth 20 units and a full course load for the year for a degree candidate is 120 units. Students are registered in a School of Study reflecting their major and are expected to take at least half their courses in that School. Where practical students are allowed to take courses offered in other schools. It is the responsibility of prospective participants to arrange with their major advisor at Cornell before departure and through communication at the time of course selection that an appropriate amount of Cornell credit will be awarded as equivalent to the work done at UEA.


As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.? UEA number grades are reported and are converted to Cornell grades according to the following recommended equivalencies: 70 and higher = A, 65-69 = A-, 60-64 = B+, 55-59 = B, 50-54 = B-, 46-49 = C+, 44-45 = C, 40-43 = C-, 38-39 = D+, 36-37 = D, 35 = D-, 0-34 = F.

Academic Calendar (approximate)

Fall Semester: mid-September - mid-December

Christmas Break: mid-December - mid-January

Spring Semester: early January - mid-June
Spring Break: early April - early May?

Living Arrangements

Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students. All visiting students are guaranteed housing on the main University campus. The accommodation is centrally heated and fully furnished excluding bed linen. On each floor there are shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Norfolk, Suffolk and Waveney Terraces, Orwell Close and Wolfson Close provide accommodation in groups of up to 15 bedrooms. Additional bedrooms are available a few minutes walk away in the new student village. There is a wide variation in the amenities provided in the residences and students are advised that it is unlikely that all of the services to which they are accustomed at Cornell will be available (i.e. phones in rooms, ethernet connections). There is no "meal plan" at UEA; residences are self-catering, so students cook for themselves or make use of the restaurants and snack bars on campus, where they can eat well at reasonable prices. The communal kitchens provide an ideal opportunity to mix with British students.

Student Life

UEA publishes a regular events sheet which lists a wide variety of talks, lectures, concerts, exhibitions and plays. There is something happening at the university almost every night. There are over 100 student run clubs and societies ranging from archery to yoga and from bellringing to an under-fives' TV society, all of which contribute to life on the campus. Many activities take place at Union House, the social focal point of UEA. Here one can join friends in meetings, at parties or just have coffee. There are common rooms, quiet rooms, television rooms and writing rooms, rooms for printing newspapers and playing records. The largest common room is used for general meetings of the Union of Students and for discotheques. For live music, UEA has one of the best live music programs on the university circuit. This reputation has been established over many years which have seen generations of students packing the concert hall to listen to such legendary performers as The Who, Pink Floyd, and U2. In recent years UEA has emerged as one of the most successful British universities in sports. Instruction is provided in most activities by the Physical Recreation staff and experienced coaches. The campus has 40 acres of playing fields for rugby, soccer, cricket, hockey and lacrosse. There are 12 excellent tennis courts and a new floodlit synthetic area for hockey and other sports. Participants enjoy the use of extensive changing rooms and a modem pavilion with full catering facilities. The new purpose-built Sportspark, has a huge indoor arena, 50m Olympic pool, and eight-lane international standard athletics track with jumping, vaulting, and throwing facilities are open to all students at the university. The fitness center contains state of the art cardiovascular equipment, weight stock machines and Olympic weights, and is adjacent to a 10m x 28m climbing wall, fire glass-backed squash courts, and specialist martial arts and aerobic centers. There are nearly 40 sports clubs ranging from athletics to volleyball.

Health Notes

Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.