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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of East Anglia
Norwich, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Fact Sheet:
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Illinois Sponsor:
IAGE (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
University of East Anglia
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Program Specific Information

Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Application Process
Resources and Contact Information
Program Dates

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information


Academic Environment

What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?
The British Exchange Program (BEP) is the largest and oldest exchange program at the University of Illinois. Exchange programs are available at universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The BEP program offers University of Illinois students an affordable way to study abroad in the United Kingdom and the chance to take courses which can fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in the BEP program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at a British university. You take all of your classes with British students, live in student housing with other British and international students, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university.

Where you will study
Founded in 1963, the University of East Anglia (UEA) recently celebrated its 5oth anniversary, and is now home to over 15,000 students.  UEA is ranked in the top 15 UK universities by both the Guardian University Guide and the Times Good University Guide, and was ranked first in the UK for student experience in 2013.  To learn more about student life at UEA, click here.
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In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information about the available courses at the University of East Anglia, visit the UEA visiting student course catalog.  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted courses: at UEA, all exams take place in April-June.  For this reason, fall semester courses may be limited for certain subject areas.  For more information about fall semester course availability, click here.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited course availability, limited class space, and timetable clashes.

Summer courses: for more information about the courses available during the summer term, please see the "International Summer School" section below.

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.


Class Size

Classes are taught in the British style of combining lectures, seminars, small tutorials, and practicals. Classes are relatively small with classes ranging from 10-15 per seminar and 1-6 per tutorial.

All classes in this program will be taught in English.

International Summer School
Spend 4 weeks of your summer in Norwich, surrounded by the charming English countryside and the stunning Norfolk coastline!

Students participating in the UEA International Summer School enroll in one 5-credit course that was specially designed for the program, and often includes field trips and excursions.  Past courses include:
  • Contemporary British Theatre
  • Plague and Disease in the Medieval City
  • International Business
  • Future Medicine
  • And much more!
Housing is provided in UEA's residence halls, with private bedrooms, shared bathroons, and a shared kitchen/common area.  Outside of class, students can participate in the International Summer School's many social activities, including an evening cruise, weekend trips to London, Stonehenge, and Bath, and a trip to the Norfolk seaside!

For more information about the UEA Internatioanl Summer School, click here.

Student Life

The UEA Student Union hosts over 200 student clubs and societies, including water sports, perfume appreciation, and Quidditch!  Students studying abroad may be particularly interested in the Exchange Erasmus Student Network, which aims to connect and support international students who are studying at UEA.

The Student Union also hosts many on-campus events throughout the year, including club nights, music gigs, and comedy nights.  Cafes, shops, the Sainsbury Centre, and a new sports center offer a variety of things to do within campus.

Off campus, the famous Norwich Markets offer a unique shopping experience, the Go Ape Forest Center provides adventure for the outdoors enthusiast, and the Blakeney Point offers an escape to the beach (and an opportunity to see baby seals!).


Students who are interested in traveling may be particularly interested in the UEA Travel Society, which arranges excusions throughout the year.  In addition, the Amsterdam in the Golden Age spring semester course includes a field trip to the Netherlands. 
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Onsite Support

International Student Office
The University of East Anglia has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of East Anglia’s international student office by clicking here.

UEA offers several award-winning accommodation options, from the shared houses at Nelson Court and Constable Terrace, to the pyramid-shaped residences at Norfolk and Suffolk Terraces.  All accommodation is self-catered, providing students with the opportunity to cook for themselves (no meal plans available).  For more information about accommodation at UEA, click here.

Application Process


Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application (one semester if applying for the summer program)

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 recommendation (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 

Step 2.) The host university application
  • Upon reviewing applications submitted in Step 1, the Illinois Abroad office will nominate students to apply directly to their host university (i.e. University of East Anglia).  If you are nominated for the UEA program, your study abroad advisor will contact you with more information and instructions.

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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:

Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Contact Info

Mike Nelson
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/10/2018 06/15/2018
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
02/22/2018 06/30/2018 07/28/2018
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/20/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/20/2018 06/14/2019
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 01/10/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed