University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia is a high performing, research intensive UK university. With a vibrant atmosphere on campus which creates a fantastic study and social environment, UEA has a global reputation for excellent teaching.

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At the University of East Anglia (UEA), international students form an integral part of the student body. Since the INTO partnership was established in 2006, UEA has grown international enrollments faster than the UK average. There are now more than 3,500 international students from over 100 countries at the university, making the campus a truly global community.

UEA offers students the opportunity to reach their potential and achieve their academic ambitions. The university is ranked among the top 30 universities in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and the world top 200 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2022.

UEA prides itself on the quality of both its teaching and research, having been recognized with a UK top 20 placement for research quality in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. As part of Norwich Research Park, UEA is in an enviable position within one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of research in the fields of environment, health, and plant science.

Norwich is a hidden gem of a city, where history and modernity meet. Ranked as one of the safest cities in the UK and the best places to live by The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022, students will discover medieval streets winding past independent and big-brand stores, international food shops, cafes and restaurants, and a bustling student population. With an international airport and direct rail links to London in as little as 1.5 hours, Norwich is the perfect study abroad destination.

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The INTO UEA Center

INTO UEA’s purpose-built, modern, on-campus building provides a stimulating yet secure environment where students can live, study and relax in a truly international setting. At the building’s heart is the academic block, which features a multi-purpose lecture theater, science laboratories, flexible multi-use classrooms, quiet study areas, student support services and a Resource Center.

  • 4400+ students have progressed to the University of East Anglia from academic programs (excluding English courses) since the partnership began in 2006.
  • There are 110 members of staff at INTO UEA.
  • In the 2021-22 academic year, 100% of students passed their Pathway program, 95% of which were eligible to progress.
  • The INTO center has received 95% overall student satisfaction for support and 96% student satisfaction for feeling safe and secure, according to the INTO Annual Student Experience Survey 2022.
  • There were 313 students of 37 different nationalities learning at the INTO Center in the 2021-22 academic year.

Center leadership

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INTO UEA’s Pathway programs offer international students over 200 progression options to the University of East Anglia. Course highlights include Development Studies, which is ranked 11th in the world by QS World University Subject Rankings 2023, Physiotherapy, which is ranked 6th in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2023, and Business and Management Studies, which is ranked top 20 in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2023.

INTO UEA Programs:

  • International Foundation: Prepares students for entry on to year 1 of an undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia. On the program, students will develop relevant subject-specific knowledge and skills, as well as their English language ability. Typically lasts 3-4 terms.
  • International Year One: Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the IYO programme at INTO UEA allows participants to improve academic and undergraduate research skills alongside their English language abilities. Upon completion, students progress to the second year of their chosen degree at UEA. Typically lasts for 2-4 terms.
  • Undergraduate Degree with International Year One: Combining the International Year One program with BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Media and International Development in a single three-year study plan.
  • Pre-Master's: Preparation for direct entry to a postgraduate degree at UEA. Participants develop academic and postgraduate research skills, plus English language lessons, over a 10-week or 1 to 2-semester program.
  • Newton A level Programme: A unique opportunity to study A levels related to science, mathematics, and economics on a university campus. Students receive expert tuition, focused attention, and specialist sessions for those aspiring to progress to the world’s top universities in subjects including medicine, engineering, and business. The Newton A Level programme typically lasts for 5-6 terms.
  • Academic English: For students who need to increase their IELTS in order to progress to university. This intensive course offers rapid progress of up to one IELTS band per term.
  • Pre-sessional English: For students who are academically qualified and hold an offer from the University of East Anglia but need to improve their English language skills to the level required for their chosen degree.


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Career outcomes

UEA’s dedicated careers portal, CareerCentral has a strong track-record of facilitating work experience opportunities and job-related upskilling specifically for international students.

  • UEA’s CareerCentral holds an annual ‘Working in the UK’ international student event which features UEA alumni speakers, networking opportunities, and professional legal advice regarding working in the UK from specialist lawyers.
  • Students can access a range of support services at CareerCentral, including CV building schemes, confidence workshops, job fairs, interview practice, mentoring, industry experience, business coaching and funding, community engagement, volunteering support, internship opportunities, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the UEA Award.
  • UEA graduates have gone on to work for British Airways, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, Manchester United, PwC and Unilever.
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Contact the center

INTO University of East Anglia
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
United Kingdom

T: +44 1603 592977

Center leadership


Karen Bridges

Center Director, INTO University of East Anglia

Karen Bridges

Center Director, INTO University of East Anglia

Karen joined INTO University of East Anglia in June 2023, after being Centre Director at INTO City, University of London since May 2019.

From an early career in the NHS as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor, Karen made her first move into a career in education via Further Education (FE). Several geographical moves took Karen to the East of England where she joined a large FE and higher education college to manage an NHS workforce development contract, in association with the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University. In a five-year period, Karen grew the contract and provision to represent a quarter of the college's total income, providing allied health professionals across multiple disciplines to NHS East of England.

Following a personal tragedy in 2009 Karen changed career. Completing a Masters in Systemic Leadership with the Tavistock, she became a Professional Interim Manager and Consultant. Over a 10-year period, Karen developed a reputation in the FE and HE sectors she worked with, for her commercial acumen and curriculum development skills, as well as for her ability to turnaround failing provision and deliver a professional and exemplary student experience. Karen’s final interim project was with INTO Queens University Belfast, from where she caught the INTO bug.

When not working Karen can be found outdoors (Forest, Moors, Beach and Fenland) with her very special English Bull Terrier Jumble — who is food for mind, body and soul.

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