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International students

Why Essex

Essex has a long history of welcoming students from the US amongst our 136 nationalities. We offer a range of study abroad, undergraduate, postgraduate masters and research degrees in our highly ranked departments with many US students excelling in our Social Sciences and Liberal Arts.

  • 2nd for student experience (NSS 2015) and top ten for research (RAE).
  • Top 30 of universities in the world less than 50 years old (THE).
  • Great employment prospects - 91.9 per cent of our international graduates were in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2012).
  • Less than one hour from London – our three campuses are in great locations. The University’s largest campus is based in beautiful parkland in Colchester.
  • Award-winning accommodation guaranteed to international students.

  • November 2015

    Country fact sheet USA

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    Download our country fact sheet for United States of America.

Entry requirements

For undergraduate study we are typically looking for GPA of 3.0 plus ACTs/SATs/APs/APTs. For postgraduate courses students should have a minimum of 2.8 GPA in their bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field. You can find more information here.

Scholarships and funding

Essex is approved to receive U.S Federal Aid/Direct Loans, GI Bill, Marshall Scholarships and Fulbright Awards.

We also have a range of Essex opportunities including our Academic Excellence Scholarship where students applying for postgraduate studies with a GPA of 3.25+ receive £2,000 or the International Scholarship where postgraduate students from the USA can receive £3,000.

Our students

Essex currently has 157 US students here such as Lori from Virginia studying BA Film and Creative Writing:

Lori from Virginia“I chose Essex for three reasons - the positive reputation it has not only in its high rankings but also of general opinion from previous students, the friendly community it offers to both residents and international students and the proximity and easy transport links to London.
One of the highlights is the accommodation - so many en-suite options and all the rooms are kept up really well! I also love my studies. My department has helpful, friendly staff who know students by name and their enthusiasm for their subject is infectious. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere of Essex is great because, being an international student, there are many new obstacles and challenges presented to you that can be overwhelming at times. However, with the amount of networks available -Student Support, the Advice Centre, Health Centre and facilities such as banks on campus - you’ll always have support if you need it. And, with plenty of student activities, shops, restaurants and the gym, you’ll never feel out of place and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make friends here.
University of Essex is proving to be the best university choice I could have made. I’m having an amazing time with my studies, meeting awesome people and gaining new cultural experience!”

Follow Lori’s blog, check out our student activities and see our international students videos.

Our alumni

As an Essex member you will belong to a worldwide community of over 85,000 alumni around the world. Amongst our notable alumni is John Warwick Montgomery, American lawyer, theologian and academic, who studied MPhil Law at Essex.

Talk to current, past and other prospective students in our North American Facebook group or contact Emmi who looks after our North American students.