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Why study at Essex?

  • Academic reputation: They are top 20 in the UK for research excellence, 4th in the UK for social science and highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014). Essex has been ranked as gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017) which means they deliver an excellent educational experience, and ranked 22ndin the Times Good University Guide (2018).
  • A successful future: 87% of our international students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2016).
  • International community: With students from over 140 nationalities, Essex is the world in one place. They are ranked 18th on the planet for most international student community according to the THE World (University) Rankings 2016-17.
  • Location: close to London, low living costs, English history, beautiful countryside and beaches, safe and connected to Europe. Essex offers all this and more.
  • Flexibility and choice: build the degree that suits you with a wide variety of elective courses, joint honors degrees, study abroad options and placement years in industry.
  • Global careers: their internationally relevant curriculum, international staff, professional accreditations and language and study abroad options mean graduates are prepared for careers in global organizations. 

Essex students don’t just listen but learn to ask the difficult questions and then find the answers - learning how to lead, not just follow.  An Essex degree is about choice, relevance and developing you as a person. With them, you’re not just a student, you’re a member.

Essex introduces you to people from every corner of the planet to create networks that last for life. They are a genuinely global community that lives, works and plays together. You study an internationally relevant curriculum, are encouraged to live and study abroad, become part of their diverse community, and are taught or supervised by academics whose research has global impact. Essex University gives you the best chance to complete in a global economy.

At Essex you can expect to develop professional skills alongside critical and analytical thinking skills, independence and intercultural communication. They also help you develop a research mind-set through research led teaching from some of the world’s top academics. These are real skills that employers want and which you can transfer across industries.


The university spans three campuses. The main campus in Colchester is a university town surrounded by beautiful ancient parkland. All on one site, situated on the edge of Britain’s oldest recoded town, students have access to modern and inspiring learning facilities, library, accommodation, shops, bars, cafés, nightclubs, restaurants, extensive sports facilities, banks, and art gallery and a theatre. As one of the most internationally diverse campus universities in the UK with one of the highest numbers of student clubs and societies per student in the UK, you have a great environment for living and learning. It’s only an hour away from all the attractions of London yet provides a very affordable and safe student experience.

Colchester town itself has around 180,000 inhabitants and has a great compact town center full of shops, restaurants, bars and music and entertainment venues.

The town-center Southend campus houses our Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses and part of the East 15 Acting School. Its location in Southend-on-Sea boasts seven miles of spectacular coastline. You can sail, kitesurf or cycle along the coast or enjoy the world’s longest leisure pier. The campus buildings are all centrally located within minutes of each other and provide modern facilities and an extensive library collection, as well as a gym, catering outlets and a Students’ Union venue. Accommodation is provided in the Southend Squares, a two-minute walk from the teaching buildings.

Accommodation is guaranteed for all international students on our Colchester and Southend campuses as long as you apply by the relevant deadlines.

The Loughton campus of East 15 Acting School enjoys the buzz and diversity of London while also offering an attractive green and peaceful setting in which to study. The campus is located close to a London underground station, offering easy access to the arts and entertainment of the capital. East 15 often presents students’ work in theatres and studios throughout London.

For more information about applying to the University of Essex, please contact one of our Across The Pond Advisors. 

Student population: 15,500

Number of international students: ~5000

City population: 180,000

Location: three campuses, all located within one hour of central London. The largest campus is located in a suburban setting in Colchester

Closest airports: London Stansted (1 hour), London Heathrow (2 hours)

Date of establishment:1964

Areas of expertise:  Politics, Human Rights, Economics, Sociology and Art History

Cost of Tuition per year: From £15,000 per year (2019/20). Please note that tuition fees vary per course and fee status, ask your Across the Pond advisor for details.

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: From £82 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez (Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and former President of Costa Rica)
  • Dr Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico’s first astronaut)
  • Daniel Libeskind (Renowned architect, master plan architect of World Trade Centre site)
  • Sir Christopher Pissarides (Winner of Nobel Prize for Economics)
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP (First female Speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament)

Kyle Shaughnessy

My advisor and Across The Pond completely lifted the weight off my shoulders and helped me through every part of the application. And to top it all off, it was free!

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My advisor and Across The Pond completely lifted the weight off my shoulders and helped me through every part of the application. And to top it all off, it was free! ...

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