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CLA: Exchange in the United Kingdom

  1. Program Details

    Take courses at the University of East Anglia, one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom.

    This program is administered by College of Liberal Arts. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

    Location Norwich, United Kingdom
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Credit Type Transfer Credit
    Sponsor College of Liberal Arts

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About CLA: Exchange in the United Kingdom

    Take courses in Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in beautiful and historic Norwich, England. 

    Established in 1963, UEA is regularly ranked among the best universities in the United Kingdom, in terms of both overall quality and student satisfaction. UEA’s School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing has an international reputation for excellence in literary studies, with prize-winning scholars and teachers of literature and drama from all periods. Its world-famous Creative Writing program was founded by the novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson, and its graduates include Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.

    Named England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2013, Norwich was the home of Julian of Norwich, whose Revelations of Divine Love (1395) was the first book written in English by a woman. Today Norwich is a vibrant and dynamic city, full of stunning historical architecture (including a Norman Cathedral and a 12th Century Castle), as well as a lively open-air market and many restaurants, shops, theaters, and art galleries

    An easy train ride to London or a quick flight to Amsterdam is all you need to begin exploring the rest of what Europe has to offer.

    Terms available include Fall Semester (September–December), Spring Semester (January–June), and Academic Year.

    Application Deadline

    Open to sophomore, junior, and senior English majors with a 3.0 GPA and above.

    Application deadline for Fall Semester 2021 and Academic Year 2021/22: March 31, 2021.
    Application deadline for Spring Semester 2021: October 9, 2020.


    Typical credits: 15 per semester (three 5-credit modules). Two of your three modules must be from a school within the Arts and Humanities faculty (most likely the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing). Your third module may be from anywhere else in the university. Visit UEA’s Incoming Student site for more information and a list of available courses.

    Program Fee

    The program fee will include tuition, fees, and international insurance. The student will have to budget separately for airfare, housing, meals, and personal expenses.

    Spring 2019

    More Information

    For more information about this program, please contact Rachel Drake, Coordinator of Advising and Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English.

  3. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    It is your responsibility to first submit the following application materials to Rachel Drake in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota:

    1. Complete academic transcript showing all college-level coursework. Unofficial copies are also acceptable.
    2. A 500–700-word application essay describing your academic and career goals and your plans and objectives for the semester or year abroad. This should be typed, legible, and grammatically correct.
    3. Name of an instructor in the Department of English who can serve as an academic reference for you. Names of Faculty Members and Lecturers are preferred, but names of Graduate Student Instructors are also accepted. 
    4. One-page résumé. Include your current mailing address and email address.

    Do not complete the LAC online application until you have received instructions from the Learning Abroad Center.  The department alerts the LAC to verify that you have been admitted to the University of East Anglia before we have you fill out a LAC online application.  You will need to select or provide the following information on the LAC online application: 

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Snapshot page for term options
    Program Name CLA Departmental Exchange in the UK
    Track Name CLA Departmental Exchange in the UK
    Country United Kingdom

    *Note: If the specific track and term of the program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. A Learning Abroad Center representative will review your submission. Once you have been accepted to your host institution, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Health Information Form
    • University of Minnesota Release and Waiver
    • Academic Planning Form (optional)
    • Power of Attorney (optional)

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the confirmation checklist assigned to you. You should also continue working with the Institute for Global Studies and your host institution for pre-departure considerations.

    Next Steps

    1. Log into the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    2. Once all items have been submitted, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    3. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify the Department of English of your cancellation.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for fall semester 2020 due to COVID-19.