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The University of Essex has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Students study an internationally relevant curriculum, become part of a diverse community, and are taught by academics whose research has global impact.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,910 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • Information can be found in the online Student Handbook and within a dedicated area of the university website.
  • At the beginning of each academic year, the university provides an airport transfer service from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports to the Colchester campus.
  • A full programme of events is organised for Welcome Week at the beginning of the academic year, and individual departments provide induction events. The Students' Union also offers a number of events during the first few weeks of term specifically for international students.
  • The Talent Development Centre provides assessment and training in key skills for academic success and employability, ensuring students have easy access to all the resources they need.

English Language Requirements

  • Students are required to have GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
  • Students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve a specific score in IELTS or another equivalent test accepted by the university.
  • The English language requirement for the majority of undergraduate courses is IELTS 6.0 overall. Specified component grades are also required for all applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • Different requirements apply for sub-degree courses, some courses in the School of Health and Social Care, BSc Physiotherapy, BA Multimedia Journalism and second or third year entry to any undergraduate course.
  • Applicants wishing to study below degree-level courses require a Secure English Language Test: if taking IELTS, applicants need a UKVI IELTS taken at a UKVI approved test centre.

Accommodation for International Students

  • New full-time students at either the Colchester or Southend Campus are guaranteed university-provided accommodation for their first year of study, so long as they apply by the specified deadline.
  • Starting from just over £80 per week, there are accommodation options to suit every budget and every personality. Single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats of varying size, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. International and home students are mixed throughout the residences. Most flats are mixed-gender, although single-gender flats are available. Rooms are let for the whole academic year, so students do not need to move out during Christmas and Easter vacations. 
  • A Residence Life network creates a harmonious, community based environment. A Residents' Assistant (RA) is based in each area of accommodation ensuring students have opportunities to get involved in social activities, as well as dealing with any complaints or queries they might have.
  • Residences at Colchester Campus are located within 15-minutes' walk of the centre of campus, while at the Southend Campus, accommodation is just a couple of minutes' walk to the main buildings.
  • Postgraduate students are required to make a pre-payment of £250 when they accept their offer of accommodation.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 13,350 14,950–15,950
Mixed - -
Laboratory 15,450 -
Clinical - -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.