Study with us
Year in Europe
All of our undergraduate courses include a year spent studying abroad, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study in Europe and immerse yourself in its culture.
- 96% student satisfaction making us second nationally in the category European Languages and Area Studies (NSS 2014)
Europe is a global political and economic centre that exerts enormous international influence. Few
areas in the world are as fascinating or complex as Europe, with its diverse array of art, architecture,
sociology, politics, literature and history.
By taking one of our European studies undergraduate courses or a related
postgraduate course, you will be taught by leading experts and researchers
to understand the nature of contemporary Europe from an economic, political and sociological perspective.
You will also explore Europe’s history and diverse traditions, as well as its culture past and present.
European studies at Essex encompasses the whole of the “new” Europe, from Ireland to the Russian Far East.
Our interdisciplinary approach
We offer interdisciplinary courses that combine study of the humanities and the social sciences. You also
have the option of gaining language skills which are highly valuable in today’s graduate job market.
Alternatively, you can follow a course without a language component.
European research at Essex
The range of subjects offered is mirrored in the wide variety of research projects currently being pursued
by the academic staff who teach our courses. Our Jean
Monnet Centre of Excellence is a research centre that provides a forum for pan-European research at our
University, demonstrating our commitment to European studies.
UG open days
Book a place at our next undergraduate open day. As well as meeting staff from departments and admissions who can answer any questions you have, you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.
Velika is a first year European Studies with Modern Languages student. She enjoys studying Italian and French, loves black coffee, travelling and Italian
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An interdisciplinary degree gives you the flexibility to build a course that matches your career goals. We give you the skills and experience
that employers want and our graduates have entered a wide variety of fields.
Want to know more about European Studies? Our student profiles allow you to hear students and alumni talk about their experiences of our interdisciplinary courses
and the world of possibility they open up.