New international students
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!
Get ready to come to Colchester
Get ready to come to Southend
Get ready to come to Loughton
Before travelling overseas, it is important to notify your bank that you will
be using your debit or credit card abroad to make payments. This reduces the
likelihood of your bank card being blocked which could delay your registration
We strongly recommend you arrange travel insurance to cover your journeys to
and from the UK and have insurance that covers repatriation of you and any
dependants if it becomes necessary.
We also advise that you arrange insurance to cover healthcare not available
to you from the NHS.
You should also take out insurance against the loss or theft of personal
belongings whilst living in the UK. If you will be living in
University accommodation standard contents cover is included in your rent,
we recommend you check to make sure you will have adequate cover for all your
Endsleigh Insurance have insurance policies for international students
studying in the UK and have been working with the education sector for many
As soon as you arrive in the UK and find temporary accommodation it's very
important to consider your arrangements for
healthcare, including registering with an NHS (National Health Service)
doctor in the area where you live. Do not wait until you're ill.
In the UK doctors are often referred to as GPs, or general practitioners.
When you've registered you will receive a personal NHS number on a card. Keep
this number safe, as you'll need it when you visit the doctor or dentist.
You are only entitled to receive medical treatment on the NHS if you will be
studying on a course for longer than 6 months.
Support for when you arrive
Thai Student Society fundraising event
Life as an Essex student
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 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.
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
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.