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Come and meet us

If you're already studying at a UK school or another UK university, you can visit our campuses at our open days:

We also regularly attend exhibitions and school fairs around the country. Email us on to find out if we're coming to an event near you.

  • London


    7 June 2017 - The English Studio Fair

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications. Find your perfect course in our Course Finder and the entry requirements will be listed. Check our international entry requirements by selecting your country. We also accept some university foundation programmes.

If you have any queries, email us on with information about the qualifications you're taking.

Pathway courses

Our Essex Pathways Department offers undergraduate foundation programmes and pre-Masters courses, which enable you to progress onto your course if you don't meet our usual entry requirements.

If you have not achieved the English language requirement for your degree but you do have a good score, you may be eligible to take a short pre-sessional English programme between 5-25 weeks.


We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. Search our Scholarship Finder to see what's available, choosing your country of permanent residence under 'country I live in'.

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What our students say

Joshua Hurtado

MA International Relations

"There were two main reasons for deciding to come to Essex. The first was the reputation of the Department of Government, the best department in the study of politics in the United Kingdom and one that is also widely recognized overseas. The second reason was because I had heard the University was one of the most internationally diverse, and I was looking forward to sharing my academic experiences with people from different contexts and backgrounds.

Being here, I can say that one of the best experiences is meeting all the other students enrolled in my courses and having to work with them in projects or discussions about the topics we were seeing. I also got to know, through them, different styles of reasoning and approaches to solve different kinds of problems. And the lecturers are, undoubtedly, some of the best in their field. Most impressively, I left many of the seminars discussing what we had just seen with some of my fellow students and was eager to learn more next session.

My knowledge has been greatly increased by what I have learned here. I have taken courses in statistical analysis with reliable open-source software, something which is valuable in many fields. I have also deepened my theoretical thinking and critical analysis, which is valuable not only for career prospects but also for life in general.

Finally, about the campus itself, I find it to have a great atmosphere, especially the Lakeside, which is a beautiful place to watch sunsets from. The library also has many valuable books and journals in many interesting research areas.

This has been, undoubtedly, a very fulfilling experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in politics to study here."