New international students

New students

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Welcome to all new students who will be joining our University community. Our welcome information provides important pre-arrival updates and will help you settle in to your new life at Essex.

Wherever you're travelling from, a warm welcome awaits you at Essex.

This information will help you prepare for your arrival and includes what to bring, and how to settle into university life and enjoy everything Essex and the UK has to offer. Also make sure you check out the rest of the information for all new students and our information for current international students.

We are proud to be a global community and we recognise that living and studying in the UK may be very different from your own country.

Essex has a wide range of support covering academic and health and wellbeing issues. Our friendly and professional staff will be able to guide, advise and assist you during your time at Essex.

Read all the guidance and publications carefully, watch our videos and check out our social media so you don't miss out on anything!

Get ready for Essex!

Support for when you arrive

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Thai Student Society fundraising event

Life as an Essex student

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.