Why Study Here?

  • Top 20 for research excellence – Essex was ranked 19th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2014).
  • 2nd for student satisfaction – our students voted us top 10 for student satisfaction for three years in a row.
  • Outstanding facilities – we have embarked on a £200 million-plus building and investment programme.
  • An international experience – we are one of the world’s most internationally diverse universities, with over 130 different nationalities represented.
  • Guaranteed accommodation – international students at our Colchester and Southend campuses are usually guaranteed their own room in modern accommodation.
  • An ideal location with picturesque campuses – all our campuses are an hour from London and provide excellent transport links.
  • An active Students’ Union – our SU offers academic representation, entertainment, volunteering opportunities and commercial services.
  • Pathway and language courses – for those who need them, we offer pre-sessional and free in-sessional English classes, as well as pre-Masters and foundation programmes.
  • Careers support – our Employability and Careers Centre offers a varied range of events and workshops to support you.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • The following standards are required for first-year entry to all undergraduate courses at Essex: IELTS (academic version) 6.0 (except BSc Nursing for which 7.0 is required).
  • The following standards are required for foundation level study (Year Zero) in our International Academy: IELTS (academic version) 5.5.
  • The following standard is required for our one-year International Foundation Programme in our International Academy: IELTS (academic version): 5.0.
  • The following standard is required for direct entry onto the second year of a course as a higher level of English language proficiency is needed: IELTS (academic version) 6.5. Please note that a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each component of your IELTS.
  • Essex also accepts other tests for admission to an undergraduate course. In some instances, we may be able to accept a specified level from certain international qualifications as evidence of English language ability. Our Undergraduate Admissions Office can provide further advice.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £12,950 £14,500–15,500
Mixed - -
Laboratory £14,950 £14,500–15,500
Clinical £28,853 £15,500–16,000

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • There are some scholarships and bursaries available for international students. You can find details on our website.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Full programme of events is organised for Welcome Week at the beginning of the academic year and individual departments provide induction events.
  • The International Academy offers an orientation and registration programme for all its students and a programme of events and visits throughout the year.
  • At the beginning of each academic year, we provide an airport transfer service from Heathrom and Gatwick airports to the Colchester Campus.
  • A dedicated area of the university website also provides advice and support focused on international students, providing information in areas such as: immigration; finances; living in the UK; induction and registration; study skills; students with dependants; and travelling to our campuses.
  • The Students’ Union also offer a number of events during the first few weeks of team specifically for international students.
  • The University Skills Centre (USC) provides assessment and training in key skills for academic success and employability and acts as a key information hub to ensure students have easy access to all the resources they need, and to promote the diverse range of academic skills and employment training opportunities that are on offer.
  • Pre-arrival, students are also invited to join our University of Essex Facebook page and Freshers’ Facebook page. These provide students with the opportunity to link up with others before they arrive.
  • The Student Handbook is an online guide. It contains essential information for new students, including details about your campus, academic arrangements, academic and support services, facilities and tuition fees, loans and bursaries.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Our accommodation has performed consistently well in the National Student Housing Survey, winning in 2009 and coming second in 2010 and 2011.
  • In 2012 we were one of only five institutions to be awarded the International Accommodation Quality Mark, for achieving at last 90 per cent satisfaction among international students.
  • All our university-provided accommodation consists of single study-bedrooms, grouped in self-contained flats of varying sizes, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. All accommodation is fully furnished and networked so you can use your computer to access the internet from your room at no extra cost.
  • Our Residents’ Support Network (RSN) creates a harmonious, community-based environment in which you can live and learn. An RSN Residents’ Assistant (RA) will be based within your area of accommodation and will meet you soon after you arrive. Your RA’s role is to ensure that you have opportunities to get involved in university life and social activities.
  • If studying at our Colchester or Southend campuses, international students are guaranteed accommodation on campus for their first year of study – providing they have had their academic place confirmed and their application is received by the published deadline. If classified as an international student, they will be able to apply for university-provided accommodation in the following years, while completing your course.
  • All of our university accommodation is self-catering. Each of the university’s Campuses has large supermarkets within walking distance. For those who may wish to eat out, the Colchester Campus has a wide range of catering outlets and the Southend Campus in situated in the centre of the town with many cafés and restaurants within reach.
  • Free internet access is available in all university-provided accommodation.
  • International students are spread across university-provided accommodation. Most flats are mixed-gender, although single-gender flats are available. As all living areas are shared, you have the perfect opportunity to make new friends from many diverse cultures.
  • University-provided accommodation at our Colchester Campus ranges from just a five minute walk to the centre of campus to around fifteen minute walk.
  • University Square, our accommodation at our Southend Campus, is just a couple of minutes’ walk from our main buildings.
  • Rooms are let for the whole academic year, meaning that students do not need to move out during Christmas and Easter vacations.
  • Self-catered accommodation on the Colchester Campus costs from £75.11–137.69 per week and Southend Campus costs from around £120 per week.
  • Find information about accommodation at the University of Essex.
  • All residences on the university’s Colchester Campus are located within a short walk of each other. For further information, please look at our Colchester Campus map.
  • The University Square accommodation at the Southend Campus is a few minutes walk from the main Gateway building. For further information, please look at our Southend Campus map.

Organisations for International Students

  • All international students are actively invited to join the more than 165 clubs and societies run by the Students' Union, which cover social, political, religious, cultural, arts and academic interests.
  • There are more than 30 societies with a national cultural focus.