University of East Anglia: Study Abroad & Exchange
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an excellent location for exchange and study abroad for students interested in the humanities and social sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and environmental studies. The university has established an international reputation as a center for teaching and research. Subject areas that have been rated particularly highly include American studies, biological sciences and subjects related to medicine, art history and museum studies, creative writing, developmental studies, drama and the performing arts, economics, environmental science, film studies, history, law, literature, political science, and social work. Many of UEA's schools of study are interdisciplinary, allowing students access to a rich diversity of complementary subjects. UEA's academic year is divided into two equal semesters of 18 weeks each with self-contained units of study. Students are encouraged to participate for the full academic year, but may easily take part in the fall or spring semesters only.
The campus is located on 320 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Norwich (pronounced "Norridge"), just two hours from London, and one hour from the beautiful Norfolk coast. The university, established in 1963, has won major architectural awards, and is home to the world-renowned modernist Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts. A new £17.6 million Sportspark offers more than 40 sports, from team games to aerobics and personal training in the fitness center. The city center is about one and a half miles from the UEA campus and is a short walk or a 10-minute bus ride away.
Norwich is the regional center of East Anglia, and is regarded by many as England's most attractive, livable city. The city grew out of several small Saxon settlements and had become one of the largest English market towns by the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Norman's built a palatial castle and magnificent cathedral that today are the city's most prominent monuments. Medieval and early modern buildings, preserved amidst modern construction, give Norwich much of its charm. Traces of the ancient defensive walls still remain. Throughout the city riverside walkways, gardens and parks, pedestrianized shopping streets, and museums and galleries invite leisurely exploration.
A rich cultural life is central to Norwich. The Norwich Arts Center offers jazz, rock and international music concerts. The Theatre Royal is one of Britain's top provincial venues, showing many London productions of opera, ballet, drama and musical comedy. Many ancient buildings and churches now serve as shops, restaurants, cinemas, and concert halls.
The East Anglia region has much that is considered quintessentially English. Norwich is surrounded by pastoral countryside interlaced with small villages, bustling market towns and stately manor homes. Norwich lies on the banks of the River Wensum, just 20 miles from the North Sea. Between Norwich and Cambridge, 60 miles to the west, lay the vast heaths and forests of the Breakland. To the east are the Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes with miles of sailing andcruising water. London is just two hours away by car or train, and there are excellent travel connections to Amsterdam and other parts of Europe.
Autumn semester begins in mid-September with exams in mid-December. Spring semester is from early January to mid-June and includes an extended spring vacation period that allows students to travel in Britain or on the continent. Students may participate in either or both semesters.