An International Student of Literature in England.
I’m Anne-Sophie, 22, I’m French, and I graduated from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England) in July 2017 with a BA in English Literature! I started writing this blog shortly after beginning my studies, being employed by UEA as a student blogger. I hoped that my blog would provide some useful information about student life, Norwich, living abroad, what it’s like to study English at UEA, the kind of modules you can do, assessments, work experiences, etc.
Alongside my studies, I was part of the Literature Society, a Student Guide (working on Open Days), a student Ambassador working for the university at a variety of events, a French/English volunteer translator at Banana Link, and also a volunteer at the Wellbeing Service/Norwich Mind!
Despite a lot of stress and many challenges, I had a fantastic time at UEA, being surrounded and supported by truly amazing and inspiring lecturers and seminar-leaders! And most importantly, studying English literature at such a great university with a course that offered so much freedom and flexibility was amazing. I can’t say how much I have learnt and how, despite sometimes being sick of studies, it has renewed and reinforced my love for literature and arts.
After three years of blogging about my time at UEA, this blog has become a huge archive of my life — the life of an EU student of English Literature in England!
At the end of my final year of university, I did two part-time internships. One working with the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) at UEA in the run-up to the 2017 Summer School — promoting literary translation and helping literary translators develop professionally. For the other one, I helped promote the FLY Festival, the University of East Anglia’s Festival of Literature for Young People, using primarily social media platforms.
Before finishing my degree and after many rejection on applications to graduate schemes, I was also offered an 9-month internship at Big C, Norfolk’s cancer charity! I will start working there in September 2017.
Before UEA, my life was in France. My family are French, I was born in the North of France but spend almost all my life living on the French Riviera. I was educated in French schools and only fell in love with literature, art, translation and English during college (lycée), where I had so many excellent teachers! After college, I went to university in Nice for two years (from 2012 to 2014). There, I studied “English Literature and Civilisation” (course called: LLCE Anglais) but since the course wasn’t solely focused on literature (although there were lots of great modules, such as translation and art history!) I dropped out and applied to university in England, with my boyfriend.
Apart from literature, I am passionate about art and music: if you don’t know where I am on a day off, chances are you’ll find me in a museum; and I’ve been teaching myself guitar since the age of 13 and, more recently, started learning flute and melodica.
Applying independently as an EU student wasn’t always easy: I had to send numerous emails to different universities to get my French Baccalaureate grades converted as A-level marks, apply for the IELTS (International English Language Test System), understand the UCAS system, manage to get in touch with my college teachers for Reference Letters, write my personal statement and get an English person to proofread it for me… But fortunately, all the people I emailed, whether at UEA or other places, were nice and a some people around me helped a lot too! I was lucky that my grades were good enough to be able to apply for English Literature everywhere.
When all this was sorted out, I sent my UCAS application: the universities I’d chosen were UEA, York, Warwick, Exeter and Bristol — UEA being my first choice — (without having visited a single university or really knowing what studying in the UK was like). On the 22nd of November 2013, a week before my birthday, I received an email from UCAS saying : “Something has changed on your UCAS application; please log in to UCAS Track to view the changes.” I’m sure you can imagine my reaction when I logged in and saw this:
I moved to UEA on the 17th of September 2014!
In this blog, you’ll find a lot about student life at UEA, the campus, Norwich, what it is like to study English Literature, the modules you can take, clubs, societies and other more general discussion or life updates.
I would be very happy to answer your questions or write specific articles for you, so just let me know what you’d like to see here 🙂
I also did a few vlogs and campus or accommodation videos! You can visit my Youtube channel here.