The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a highly respected British institution. At UEA, you'll mix with students from all over the world as well as have access to quality teaching and support. UEA is home to approximately 16,000 students and is surrounded by picturesque English countryside. The campus university is modern and accessible and is set among 200 hectares of parkland and a lake (UEA Broad), full of a variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna. On campus, you will find everything you need for living and studying. This includes a library which is open 24/7, supermarket, post office, bank, bookshop, pharmacy, bars, sports facilities, a Multifaith Center, many study and welfare services, and a wide range of cafes and catering options. UEA also has an on-site medical doctor, dentist, and pharmacist. Located in Norwich, a beautiful and historic location only two hours from London, you'll find yourself in the perfect balance between urban and rural. UEA is situated on the edge of the county's capital and is just a short bus ride or a leisurely walk away from the city center.
A busy city with a real character all of its own, Norwich is friendly and lively. The city center is a knot of cobbled streets, medieval churches, hidden courtyards, and wonky timber framed medieval buildings. Visit the remains of what was the Roman regional capital and see the Norwich 12: the most historically iconic buildings in Norwich, from the Normal Norwich Castle, built 900 years ago, to The Form, which just opened in 2001. Rated as one of the UK's safest cities, Norwich is large enough to host lots of major events, such as literary and live music festivals, but small enough for students to quickly familiarize themselves with the many shops and tourist attractions. Outside the city, you will discover unspoilt traditional English countryside, pristine sandy beaches, country walks, bustling medieval villages, and market towns. Both inside and outside the city you will encounter plenty of outdoor sports opportunities and a bounty of wildlife.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
UEA has a choice of nearly 1000 courses, called modules. When looking at classes, keep in mind that undergraduate classes come in three levels: Level 4 (first year), Level 5, and Level 6 (final year). Please ensure you are choosing courses with a similar standing to that at Mason.
Students at UEA are allowed to take 3 courses per term and must seek 5 credits for each of their classes to ensure they remain full-time at Mason. Students must also ensure that at least two of the three courses they plan to take are from a single department.
Autumn-only students will not be able to take exams as the exam period is after the Spring term. If you are interested in a module with an exam and you will only be at UEA for the fall semester, please ask UEA whether it is possible to have an alternate assessment for that module.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
UEA follows an academic calendar that is fairly similar to Mason. The autumn semester goes from late September to mid-December and the spring semester goes from mid-January to mid-June.
Spring semester only and academic year students should be aware that the assessment (examination) period is part of the Spring semester, and students are expected to remain for this period.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 60 UCU. A typical course is worth 20 UCU.
Students can take 3 courses per term. This will allow you to transfer 15 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| UEA Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Situated in 200 hectares of natural parkland, each of the university residences contain a fully furnished, centrally heated, single or twin room, with a shared kitchen/living space. All kitchens are equipped with a fridge, freezer, and oven or microwave, and students provide their own cooking utensils, crockery, and cutlery. All on-campus rooms have access to free WiFi and are approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the center of campus and a 20 minute bus ride from the city center. If you would prefer to live in the city center, Mary Chapman Court offers great value for city living with close proximity to bus routes to campus. Students also have the option to live in Homestay accommodation, which offers a fantastic way to experience life like a local while studying in Norwich. Off-campus accommodation is also available.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.