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|Foreign Institution:||University of East Anglia|
Program Specific Information
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
What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?
British Exchange Programs are the largest and oldest exchange programs at the University of Illinois. Students from all majors and minors are welcome to participate in a BEP, and can choose to enroll for a semester or an academic year at several universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. British Exchange Programs offer a wide selection of academic subjects, and they are some of the most affordable study abroad program options. A British Exchange Program is a great fit for any student who wants to live and learn alongside British students, while continuing the Illinois exchange tradition within the United Kingdom.
Where you will study
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.
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.
International Summer School
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!
For more information about the UEA Internatioanl Summer School, click here.
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.
International Student Office
- 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.
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15
How to Apply
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application which includes:
- Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
- 2 letters of recommendation (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA, or professor)
- Personal essay questions
- Online questionnaires
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.
- PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE STEP 2 UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
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Resources and Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 (noon) - 4:00 pm
Illinois Abroad 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
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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