One of the most complete medieval towns in Britain and recently voted one of Britain’s top cities for quality of life, Norwich is a bustling college town full of nightclubs, cinemas, restaurants and pubs, many of which are housed in ancient buildings.
An urban experience is not all that Norwich offers. Some of England’s most unspoiled coastline is found just outside Norwich and the city is nestled in the Norfolk Broads, an intricate waterway system of protected wetlands.
Connected to London by train to continental Europe by daily flights out of Norwich International airport, Norwich offers a full study abroad experience at a fraction of the cost of London.
"I’ll be honest, I knew very little about Norwich and the University of East Anglia when I first applied to participate in UCEAP, but UEA has turned out to be a wonderful choice of university. UEA impressed me with the support it offered its large community of international students – the semester began with several days of orientation events, and throughout the semester the Dean of Students’ office planned various day trips to places such as Cambridge and Windsor Castle. Furthermore, although the city centre was easily accessible by bus, I was delighted to find that the campus itself also offered many attractions, such as a set of nature trails along the campus lake and the Yare River, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and the LCR (a multi-purpose room that, twice a week, functions as an on-campus nightclub).
Over the course of the five months that I spent at UEA, I felt that I melded nicely into the campus community. I chatted with my professors (or tutors, as they’re called in the UK) during office hours, went to the campus pub with my classmates, and found some phenomenal new friends with whom I have explored the British Isles. Most importantly, Norwich became a second home to me – perhaps not quite as dear to me as Berkeley (for one of the things my semester abroad has taught me is just how unique a place Berkeley is) but a home nonetheless, and I already look forward to going back."