England Study Abroad Program at the University of East Anglia
About the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: October 1 for spring semester (Jan-June)
April 15 for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
April 15 for full year (Sept-June)
- Program advisor: Michelle Mannweiler
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for your semester or year abroad. Located in Norwich, which boasts cobblestone streets, a Norman castle, and medieval buildings. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What UEA has to offer
- High academic standards in a modern university
- A modern campus on the slopes of the Yare Valley, three miles west of Norwich and a 20-minute bus ride to downtown
- Teaching departments organized into interdisciplinary schools for study in a broader academic context
- An active students' union that provides live entertainment and facilities for more than 100 clubs and societies
- A multipurpose sports center, swimming pool, playing grounds, athletics track and tennis court and more than 40 sports clubs
- On-campus art museum, bookshop, banks, post office, cafe, restaurants, mini-supermarket and other amenities
- Fall Drama Semester with Internship in London allows theatre majors to intern with a theatre in London
- Art History Spring Study Period in Venice allows art history majors to take intensive art history courses at UEA and spend two weeks in Venice
- Housing is with other UEA students in furnished residences on campus
- Students purchase their meals in campus restaurants or cook for themselves in shared kitchens
- Modular course structure allows for flexible enrollment
- Students take at least half their courses in one school of study and in up to three faculties
- Students take three courses per semester
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the University of East Anglia online course catalog
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the British academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (Level 4) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (Level 5) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (Level 6) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Are there any restrictions on what classes I can take?
You should focus mainly on classes within your School at UEA. Semester students must take at least 40 UCU, or two-thirds of their credits, within their School. Year students must take at least 60 UCU, or half of their credits, within their School.
Final exams for the fall semester are offered in June, so students attending UEA for the fall semester must choose classes labeled CW or PR. These classes are assessed by coursework or projects and do not require a final exam. You will not be permitted to enroll in fall semester classes that require exams.
Courses from the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) are extremely competitive, with preference given to full degree-seeking students. Study abroad students can enroll in only two LDC courses while abroad.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at East Anglia is 60 units for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours) and 120 for the year (equivalent to 30 U.S. semester credit hours). For information on the credit weight, please review the information below.
10 UEA credit units = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
20 UEA credit units = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
30 UEA credit units = 7.5 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of East Anglia course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The unit selection form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections. You will be fully enrolled in classes before you depart, and you will confirm your registration when you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of East Anglia. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What is the housing like?
You will live in a single room in one of the residential colleges on the University of East Anglia campus. Your accommodation will be fully furnished and will include a bed and a mattress, but you will be responsible for your own bedding.
All university accommodation at East Anglia is self-catered. You will have use of small shared kitchens in the residential areas of the college, which are suitable for preparing snack-type meals. Each kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, freezer, oven and/or microwave.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in Norwich, England
Location: Two hours northeast of London
- Rated one of the most livable cities in England
- A sense of history, with cobblestone streets, Norman castle and cathedral, and medieval buildings
- A busy commercial center with excellent shopping
- A rich cultural scene with museums, art galleries, concert venues and theatres
- Great nightlife with more than 300 pubs and winebars in addition to cafes, restaurants and nightclubs
- Visit the beautiful Norfolk coast for outdoor activities such as hiking and sailing
- Explore London, only a two-hour train ride away
- Travel to continental Europe via the nearby Chunnel (Channel Tunnel)
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The Channel Tunnel
Dates & Fees
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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.
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What's included in our England fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: Students who wish to pursue the optional internship for this program will need to obtain a PBS Tier IV visa. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) and who are not planning to do an internship do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any internship, paid work or unpaid volunteer activities.
Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:
Program Advisor Michelle Mannweiler prepares students to study abroad by assisting them with the application process and answering program, cultural and academic questions. Michelle is a Butler University graduate and majored in both middle/secondary education and Spanish. Michelle also studied for a semester in Costa Rica through IFSA-Butler. She joined the IFSA-Butler team in order to assist students in achieving their goals in new and interesting places. Michelle currently advises students planning to study in England and Wales. Michelle can be reached at the email link provided above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4267.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.
The University of East Anglia Fall Drama Semester allows drama majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) who are studying at UEA for the full year to spend the fall semester as interns in London, potentially earning 15 U.S. semester credit hours. The internship combines practical work experience with academics. Participants take one seminar on an aspect of contemporary theatre; the seminar includes attendance at several current London productions. Interns are paired with a British student and assigned to work with a theatre company. The internship includes an academic project based on work at the theatre company. An academic advisor guides participants in researching and creating the academic project.
The semester in London finishes before winter break. During the spring semester, students take a regular load of classes at the University of East Anglia.
Contact your program advisor for more information or to apply.
Regular drama classes are listed under Literature and Creative Writing in the UEA course catalog.