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My name is Becca and I’m a current second year student at UEA. As the title suggests, my degree has taken me many places, most recently given me an internship with an NGO.

I study International Development with Overseas Experience, a degree which many people wish they’d never asked me because they have no idea what it means! In simple terms, DEV is all about making the world a better place but firstly learning about that world and what challenges we face across the globe.

I did a gap year before university where I travelled to Malawi to teach girls about Sex education and help microfinance businesses owned by women. So, when I finally arrived at UEA I knew what I wanted to do on my Overseas Experience, go back to Malawi as I LOVE the country. However, due to COVID-19 that opportunity kind of went out the window! But, luckily, I managed to find an NGO working in Malawi who really wanted me for an intership this summer, working online and from home, which is where you find me now!

Right now, life is pretty hectic, despite being stuck inside on lockdown! I’m currently still finishing assignments, working as an intern, helping my school as DEV convenor and helping to make video blogs here!

So, why not ask me questions about life right now, how I managed to get an internship during COVID-19 or what university life is like!
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I'm interested in studying a subject (sustainable development or similar) that is different to anything I've done at school. I'm a bit unsure though.
Did you find it hard to do a subject that was different to what you've done before?
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I will admit it was a big jump to everything I did at college, I was mainly focused on business and religious studies at A-level! But I have a real passion for making the world sustainable and because of the volunteering I'd done prior it just felt right? The good thing about my course at UEA is that there are different branches that relate more to what you could have studies before, so for example I focus on economics, media and gender at the moment. I would say to go for it, as long as you have that passion!
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This sounds awesome!! i've read that malawi is really high in the happiness index which is cool.

does the internship pay? and did you organise it all yourself - was it stressful to organise it all?
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If you guy's want to actually have a full year abroad studying in the tropics as part of your degree at a Russell group, i can suggest the University of Nottingham .
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This sounds awesome!! i've read that malawi is really high in the happiness index which is cool.

does the internship pay? and did you organise it all yourself - was it stressful to organise it all?
Malawi is awesome, correct!
I found it on the database that UEA gives us to fine internships and things for our overseas experience! It doesn't pay but the experience is worth it. UEA actually give us £750 towards any expenses too
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If you guy's want to actually have a full year abroad studying in the tropics as part of your degree at a Russell group, i can suggest the University of Nottingham .
UEA also offer this too, they're actually one of the only uni's that offer so many year abroad options, such as Lebanon for my degree as well. I personally don't think a Russel Group makes any difference, UEA is higher than many uni's on the student satisfaction scale and that should be the only thing that matters. I decided not to take a year abroad as part of my degree, because I already did a gap year so didn't want an extra year added.

Thanks for your comment though
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(Original post by Becca- student at UEA)
My name is Becca and I’m a current second year student at UEA. As the title suggests, my degree has taken me many places, most recently given me an internship with an NGO.

I study International Development with Overseas Experience, a degree which many people wish they’d never asked me because they have no idea what it means! In simple terms, DEV is all about making the world a better place but firstly learning about that world and what challenges we face across the globe.

I did a gap year before university where I travelled to Malawi to teach girls about Sex education and help microfinance businesses owned by women. So, when I finally arrived at UEA I knew what I wanted to do on my Overseas Experience, go back to Malawi as I LOVE the country. However, due to COVID-19 that opportunity kind of went out the window! But, luckily, I managed to find an NGO working in Malawi who really wanted me for an intership this summer, working online and from home, which is where you find me now!

Right now, life is pretty hectic, despite being stuck inside on lockdown! I’m currently still finishing assignments, working as an intern, helping my school as DEV convenor and helping to make video blogs here!

So, why not ask me questions about life right now, how I managed to get an internship during COVID-19 or what university life is like!
hiya Becca,
your travels seem amazing but i wanted to ask are there other degrees you are aware of that allows travels like this! I am interested in medicine, pretty hands on, but i love travelling but i am not sure if a gap year will allow me to do such or possibly leave me behind
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hiya Becca,
your travels seem amazing but i wanted to ask are there other degrees you are aware of that allows travels like this! I am interested in medicine, pretty hands on, but i love travelling but i am not sure if a gap year will allow me to do such or possibly leave me behind
Hi gscewhizz,

A lot of medical degrees offer a sabatical in the middle where you can go and travel and get hands on medical experience, so thats definitely something worth looking at! As well as this, UEA offers a lot of different semester abroads or study abroad for the year which can be really cool too! I'd say for medical, look at doing a sabatical experience year 100%. There's a link here to one of the medicine courses which has a section on years abroad: https://www2.uea.ac.uk/study/undergr.../mbbs-medicine
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Hi gscewhizz,

A lot of medical degrees offer a sabatical in the middle where you can go and travel and get hands on medical experience, so thats definitely something worth looking at! As well as this, UEA offers a lot of different semester abroads or study abroad for the year which can be really cool too! I'd say for medical, look at doing a sabatical experience year 100%. There's a link here to one of the medicine courses which has a section on years abroad: https://www2.uea.ac.uk/study/undergr.../mbbs-medicine
thanks so much, i am going to look upon the website and check it out because sabaticals look incredible! just a change of enivornment your travels are amazing btw
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thanks so much, i am going to look upon the website and check it out because sabaticals look incredible! just a change of enivornment your travels are amazing btw
No worries gscewhizz! glad I could help Even just spending your summer abroad can be amazing, UEA have so many opportunities to help you out there too. Thank you, I caught the travel bug for sure!
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Wow ignored my question. So much for AMA.
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Wow ignored my question. So much for AMA.
Whilst I was in Malawi I ate a lot of Nsima, which is maize and water that makes a mash potato side. And a lot of street chicken. Fresh Fruit there is great too, we had Banana's for days. The most exotic thing I probably ate was cold fish, not rats. As far as I know, they're not a food often found there. Sorry for the long reply!
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Hey,
I'm a year 12 student, and at the moment I am thinking about studying Geography with Economics, I really want a job that I can travel with, more specific places such as Australia, South Africa, and the US, what sort of jobs does International Development lead into? and how does it compare to something such as Human Geography?

Thanks!,
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Hey Becca! I've recently firmed my place at Dundee uni, but can i just say UEA seems lovely and I've only heard great things about it!! I completely agree with what you said about non-russell groups unis, both of our unis are massive underdogs and have just as much to offer! I hate that so many people put so much value in "russell groups" because genuinely good unis with amazing student satisfaction rates like ours get overlooked and laughed at for no reason. Just wanted to say thank you so much and good luck on your course!!
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Hey,
I'm a year 12 student, and at the moment I am thinking about studying Geography with Economics, I really want a job that I can travel with, more specific places such as Australia, South Africa, and the US, what sort of jobs does International Development lead into? and how does it compare to something such as Human Geography?

Thanks!,
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Hi esimm003,
So the way that International Development works at UEA at least, is that we study 5/6 different 'disciplines': geography, economics, anthropology etc, and then go on to choose the ones you love! So you can choose to study both of those things and have a lot more flexibility on extra modules! Jobs in DEV can honestly, go ANYWHERE! We've had alumni that work in charities in the UK and abroad, DIFD or even the UN, the list is endless really! And in regards to human geography, that is the type which is studied as a module in DEV! I personally don't do any modules in geography bc its not my cup of tea, but I do economics, media and gender based ones There's lots of variety and we even have modules focused on regions like Africa and latin America. I think it would be a really good option for you to look into for sure! Here's a link to our applicant day video for this year, where I actually do a section on student life: https://youtu.be/zGnj5xuqcPI

Any questions, please ask!!
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Hey Becca! I've recently firmed my place at Dundee uni, but can i just say UEA seems lovely and I've only heard great things about it!! I completely agree with what you said about non-russell groups unis, both of our unis are massive underdogs and have just as much to offer! I hate that so many people put so much value in "russell groups" because genuinely good unis with amazing student satisfaction rates like ours get overlooked and laughed at for no reason. Just wanted to say thank you so much and good luck on your course!!
Hey hollyyy1234,

Thanks so much for this comment!! That's so lovely that you agree! Congratulations on firming your place, how amazing! Best of luck for the next three years, I'm sure you'll smash it
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Hey hollyyy1234,

Thanks so much for this comment!! That's so lovely that you agree! Congratulations on firming your place, how amazing! Best of luck for the next three years, I'm sure you'll smash it
Thanks so much Becca for your lovely and kind words!! I'm sure you'll continue smashing your degree too! Best wishes!!
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Hi esimm003,
So the way that International Development works at UEA at least, is that we study 5/6 different 'disciplines': geography, economics, anthropology etc, and then go on to choose the ones you love! So you can choose to study both of those things and have a lot more flexibility on extra modules! Jobs in DEV can honestly, go ANYWHERE! We've had alumni that work in charities in the UK and abroad, DIFD or even the UN, the list is endless really! And in regards to human geography, that is the type which is studied as a module in DEV! I personally don't do any modules in geography bc its not my cup of tea, but I do economics, media and gender based ones There's lots of variety and we even have modules focused on regions like Africa and latin America. I think it would be a really good option for you to look into for sure! Here's a link to our applicant day video for this year, where I actually do a section on student life: https://youtu.be/zGnj5xuqcPI

Any questions, please ask!!
this kind of flexibility is kind of what i've was always after. I thought maybe about doing liberal arts somewhere but this honestly sounds so good!
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