• Public research university
  • Established in 1965
  • 15,000+ students from 140 countries
  • Very international staff and student body – around 40% from outside the UK
  • Home to bold and ambitious students – traditionally a very liberal institution
  • Students are encouraged to challenge convention and to make a difference
  • World leading in social science and a very strong business school
  • Home to one of the biggest Model UN societies in the UK
  • Gold for Teaching Excellence by TEF since 2017
  • UK University of The Year 2018 – Times Higher Education Awards
  • Queen’s Anniversary Prize on two occasions for advancing Human Rights in 2009 and Social and Economic Research in 2017


  • 3 campuses in Essex – south east England
  • Essex is known for its 350 mile coast line, many historic towns and villages, direct transport links to London, six airports within 2 hours of the main campus, living costs are significantly lower than London, and the climate is one of the warmest and driest in the UK.
  • Colchester campus – the oldest and largest, set in 200 acres of parkland, very safe, 1 hour from London by train
  • Loughton campus – home to the East 15 Acting School, creative and artistic vibe, direct transport links to the West End Theatre District
  • Southend-on-Sea campus – near the beach, home to around 1000 students, very vibrant and modern, around 55 minutes by train to London


  • Most degrees are 3 years
  • 3 academic faculties: Faculty of Humanities / Faculty of Science and Health / Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 21 schools and departments
  • Three flagship institutes: Human Rights Centre, the Institute for Analytics and Data Science and the Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • Notable departments: Law School, Business School, Department of Government, Department of Sociology, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Apply specifically for a course – though there are quite a few flexible options such as the 3 year Liberal Arts, 3 year Social Sciences, and many joint degree options
  • Students are really encouraged to get involved in and out of the classroom
  • Very prestigious East 15 Acting School – very serious students. Admission is largely based on audition. 9-5 / Monday-Friday.
  • Edge Hotel School has its own hotel on campus – the Uk’s first working hotel school
  • 300+ international partnerships – study abroad and international work placements are very strongly encouraged
  • Students can spend a whole year abroad and then complete a 4 year degree – this is heavily subsidised and students only pay 15% of their tuition fee for the year abroad.
  • Many dual degree options
  • Language learning is promoted and there are free classes for many languages
  • Data Science for All – free add on classes to help students develop additional skills
  • Emphasis on ensuring students are highly employable – work placements, guest lectures, field trips, conferences, part times jobs, dedicated career services and student development team


  • Apply through UCAS
  • Typical entry requirements: A Level = BBB / IB = 30 minimum / ACT 23 + high school diploma with GPA 3.0 / SAT 1100 + high school diploma with GPA 3.0 / 3 APTs with 2 at 3 or above and one at 4 or above
  • Essex accept many different international qualifications in addition to the above


  • International fees: £16,850 – 19,670
  • A number of scholarships are available – use the Scholarship Finder on the website
  • Regional scholarships, IB Scholarship (£2,000 for 34+ points), Sports scholarships for national or regional competitors, department specific scholarships, etc.


  • Undergraduate international students are currently guaranteed accommodation for the duration of their course
  • Mixture of ensuite and shared bathroom options
  • Mainly single occupancy rooms
  • High speed internet is included
  • Communal areas are cleaned
  • Prices range from £105.21 – £216.72 per week


  • 130+ student societies
  • 50+ sports teams – state of the art gym and sports arena, including a climbing wall
  • Very active Student Union – owned by the students
  • Annual social events – Welcome Week, Christmas Market, Holi Festival, and many more
  • Lots of cultural activities and international societies
  • Part time jobs and volunteering are also really encouraged
  • Theatre on each campus, live music events, film screenings, and exhibitions at the Art Exchange
  • Student newspaper, radio and TV
  • Learning and study skills support, peer mentors, personal tutors,
    Skills for Success team offer support with writing, maths, digital skills, research and referencing, and English Language skills
  • Nightline – Essex was the flagship university for this service. Offers out-of-hours support from trained counsellors and trained students
  • A range of other wellbeing services are on offer – in person and online: mindfulness and wellness activities, counselling and mentoring, financial support, NHS Medical Centre, multi faith chaplaincy

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