INTO University of East Anglia students in class

What is studying at the University of East Anglia like for INTO students?

For INTO students taking a pathway programme, studying at the University of East Anglia means that you will be well prepared for social and academic success. While studying at the INTO Centre, you will:

  • expand your subject knowledge
  • develop essay writing and study skills
  • improve your English language skills

During your preparation year, you can explore UEA’s 320 acre ‘suburban’ campus situated just two miles from Norwich city centre. Discover the beautiful greenery and local wildlife throughout the rolling parkland across campus, sit by the lake for a calm and peaceful study environment, or visit the University’s facilities to find even more study resources.

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Fun and interactive teaching at INTO UEA

There’s an entire faculty of experienced and passionate teachers at both INTO UEA and the University of East Anglia. Our teachers are experts in nurturing international students – they understand what it’s like to study in an unfamiliar environment and recognise how challenging it can be to learn in a new language.

You’ll experience university-style lectures in the INTO Centre’s lecture theatre so that you can practise active listening and note-taking skills. Other teaching styles include seminars and workshops, which will help you develop your independent learning and critical thinking abilities. This teaching mirrors UEA teaching to help ease your transition.

UEA’s teaching is inspired by its innovative research. Part of the award-winning Norwich Research Park – the most cited research centre outside of Cambridge, Oxford and London – your studies will be informed by the latest thinking.

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Trusted support every step of the way

Support at INTO UEA is far-reaching. You’ll receive academic and English language support from your teachers, living support from the catering and cleaning teams, and emotional and social support from the Social and Welfare team.

We can be there waiting for you when you land at the airport (at an additional fee) and we’ll help you open a bank account in the UK and register with a doctor. An officer from Norwich Police will even come into the Centre at the start of term so that you can register with the police if you need to – you won’t have to try to find the police station by yourself.

How else will we support you?

Scholarships for INTO UEA students

INTO UEA and the University of East Anglia offer scholarships to international students coming to study at the INTO Centre and progressing to higher education at UEA. These scholarships may be offered to:

  • students beginning an International Foundation at INTO UEA
  • high achieving students starting Newton A-levels
  • students progressing to an undergraduate degree at UEA from an INTO International Foundation
  • students who progress to UEA from INTO UEA with an unconditional offer

Any student who is dreaming of studying at the University of East Anglia and has applied to study on a relevant INTO course is welcome to apply for a scholarship – it doesn’t matter what your background or financial situation is like.

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Rutendo Munetsi

Rutendo Munetsi (Zimbabwe)

"Not only do we do the theoretical part, we also carry out practicals and we go for field trips."

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Meet Rutendo Munetsi from Zimbabwe, who studied MPharm Pharmacy with UEA.

What is your favourite module on the International Foundation programme?

I enjoyed my Chemistry module because not only did we do the theoretical part, but we also carried out practicals and went on field trips. This enabled us to have a wider view on the subject and most of the things that we did theoretically were also satisfied practically.

What are the teachers like at INTO UEA?

The teachers at INTO are very supportive. If you don't understand a concept in class, you can easily go and approach them. We had that good relationship with our teachers and could communicate with them through email. For example, if you're doing your homework at home and you get stuck, you can email your teacher. They are very quick in responding and will help in any way that they can.

What is the best thing about studying at INTO UEA?

I liked studying at INTO because it is multicultural. You'll find people from many different countries, and when you interact with those people it will widen your knowledge base because you'll be getting different views and opinions from people of different cultures. Also, the people there are very friendly, so you won't get lonely, and the environment is just awesome.

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What can you do between studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA)

There’s plenty to do on the UEA campus to ensure that you never get bored between studies.

Watch live music at The LCR – UEA’s popular venue for gigs, club nights, comedy and DJ sets – or head over to the Students' Union to join one of 200+ student-led clubs and societies (including cultural and international societies). Both options are great ways to make friends, but if you’re a little shy you can sign up for 'buddy|su'. This scheme matches you up to a current UEA student depending on your needs and interests. They’ll show you around and help you out.

Go to the Sportspark to join a sports club and take advantage of UEA’s incredible sports facilities. Whether you’re into rock climbing, martial arts, badminton, basketball, table tennis or football, there are facilities here to accommodate any sport you can think of. There’s even a Gymnastics and Trampolining Centre with foam-filled pits. Is anything more fun?!

Head over to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) to explore the University’s collection of artwork with your new classmates. The permanent exhibitions are free to access, and the SCVA also stages ‘temporary’ exhibitions of artwork from well-known artists. Follow the outdoor sculpture trail around campus to discover striking works, such as a 1:42 model of Vladimir Tatlin’s ‘Monument to the Third International’ and three major bronze sculptures by Henry Moore.

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