Anne-Sophie at UEA

An International Student of Literature in England.

About me

Hey! 

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.

Graduating!

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! 

Student Ambassador

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Photograph taken during the opening of a new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.

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!

Me, as a media visitor on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to UEA.

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.

On the final day of FLY, with Louise (also a trainee) and the actor and UEA graduate James McDermott.

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.

You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn

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. 

Working on an Open Day at UEA.

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!

At Nice airport — the day I left France to move to Norwich!

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

15 comments on “About me

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  3. Palinuris Navigare
    2 July, 2016

    Hello, Anna-Sophie,

    I found your blog on a general search for Baudelaire and the concept of le Flaneur, which I’m taking as a motif for my upcoming Atlantic Adventure, as I row down the American Atlantic Seaboard in a self-made Grand Banks Dory (Doris to you, I think) from Boston to Key West, Florida.

    I also studied literature for my BA, but my focus was Romantic and Modern American (Sinclair Lewis being my area of specialty, along with Faulkner). The internet persona comes from The Aeneid, which has always been one of my life’s touchstones.

    Best Thoughts,

    Palinuris Navigare (aka Michael)

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  4. YEN
    9 May, 2016

    Hey Annie, I am planning to apply to UEA in the near future and would like to seek your advice, could you please email me at gezyen@gmail.com

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  5. soumya330
    6 May, 2016

    Hello Anne. Hope you are doing well. I am Indian student intent to pursue taught Master’s course in UEA. I can feel– even though I have not gone through all of your blogs– that I know you for some time now; such is the intimacy of your writing style. I love the way you put forward your arguments regarding the issue of identity crisis in the writings of Camus and Tabucchi. I have one or two queries regarding UEA; here is my mail id: soumyachoudhury333@gmail.com . It would be a great help. Thanks.

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    • Anne-Sophie
      7 May, 2016

      Hi! Thanks for your comment! If you have any questions I’d be happy to help but please could you ask them here so that everybody can see my answers in the future?

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      • soumya330
        9 May, 2016

        Sure. Can we apply for more than one course from the same department (let’s say, School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing)? Is the online application process open throughout the year? When– at what time of the academic year–should a NON-EU student apply for a postgraduate seat?

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      • Anne-Sophie
        9 May, 2016

        Hi! I have emailed you but in case other people are wondering the same thing, I will answer here too. Have a look at this page on UEA’s website, there is information about dates and a contact address. https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply
        I’m pretty sure you can apply for different courses (that’s how it is for undergraduate courses) and I think you have until the 31st of July to apply! 🙂

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  6. Soumya Choudhury
    6 May, 2016

    Hello Anne. Hope you are doing well. I am an Indian student intent on pursuing a taught Master’s course in UEA. It seems– after going through some of your blogs– that we know each other for some time; such is the intimacy of your creative style. I must say that I love the way you have put forward issues regarding identity in your project on Camus and Tabucchi. I have some queries regarding UEA and about the admission procedure. Here is my mail id: soumyachoudhury333@gmail.com. Would you please help me?

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  7. Mika
    17 December, 2015

    Hi, Anne-Sophie! I read almost all your topics here and must say your blog is just amazing. I feel nostalgic right now 😦 I studied at UEA (it was English courses about 9 months). Pls, keep writing! you have a talent 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    • Anne-Sophie K
      17 December, 2015

      Aw this is so nice and touching! Thank you so much for reading my blog. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  8. haileyhilbert
    9 July, 2015

    Hello, I’m an American student and am considering studying abroad at UEA. I was hoping that you would be able to answer some of my questions about the university and the English department (I am also an English major). My email address is haileyhilbert@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  9. Olivia
    3 May, 2015

    Great blog, I like the way you write about what you’re studying, its really interesting to a fellow English Lit student!

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