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

5,700 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • Information can be found within a dedicated area of the university website.
  • At the beginning of each academic year, the university provides an airport transfer service from London Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick airports to the Colchester and Southend campuses.
  • 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.

English Language Requirements

The English language requirement for students is GCSE English at grade C/4 or above or another equivalent test accepted by the university. Please refer to the university website for details, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores where applicable.
  • The majority of undergraduate study requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with specified component grades 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, courses in Edge Hotel School and second or final 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 under £100 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 between 3–15 minutes' walk of the centre of campus, while at the Southend campus, accommodation is just a couple of minutes' walk to the main buildings.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers several awards at all levels available to international students; awards can be found on the university website using the Scholarship Finder.

Ongoing Support

  • 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.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance