University of East Anglia (UEA)
The University of East Anglia is a research-oriented institution located in Norwich, England, divided into four primary faculties (Arts and Humanities, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences). Students may choose courses from any of these faculties, with the exception of the Medicine and Health Sciences programs. UEA offers a variety of housing options, but lacks a meal plan. On campus housing includes kitchen-use, but students must be prepared to find or make their own food. Students may also opt to find private housing with the aid of the UEA's “Home Run” service. Students studying at UEA will have access to around the clock support services, covering academic, emotional, and personal needs. Campus amenities at UEA include Britain's largest indoor sports center, a public art museum, various shops, banks, a student union, and the largest library in Norfolk. Numerous campus social events and spectacles are organized every semester, so students should have no problem staying busy outside of the classroom.
Further info can be found at:http://www.uea.ac.uk/
The general chemistry lecture program I took was interesting and informative. Overall however their final research-semester thesis equivalent class was the most useful course I took. Worked in a great lab and learned tons. Housing was good and food was whatever you cooked yourself. Food options in town were pretty good and there was loads of take-out/deliver options if you like kebabs and indian food. If doing a biology/biochemistry program I would strongly recommend taking the independent research course. My other biology course was not particularly useful. I've really come to appreciate the emphasis upon lab work we have here. I was much more prepared than the students I met to work in a semi-independent manner within a graduate lab.
The material was just as challenging as at Reed. The exam structure was much more stressful. My housing was good and I preferred English food to American food. Come for a year, integrate yourself fully, you will come to see it as your home. Reed is very isolated. It tends to look inward and be its own little world, separate from the rest of the real world. It has its own ideas and can be a bit closed minded. Reed thinks it is different and liberal and open, but the students are actually fairly homogenous and less open than other students elsewhere. Reed is not the entire world, it is not god.