We welcome students for study abroad at Essex, offering a friendly,
supportive and academically challenging environment for your studies.
Study abroad is extremely worthwhile and enjoyable both socially and
educationally. As well as experiencing life in another country, your study
abroad experience can help you in your future career, showing that you are
naturally outgoing and adventurous, open to new ideas and methods of
working. More and more students are enjoying spending a period of study in
another country as part of their studies.
Apply to study abroad at Essex
If English is not your first language, we will need a current TOEFL or IELTS score. Please note that the University of Essex no longer accepts the paper-based TOEFL. We require:
- Listening – 5.5
- Speaking – 5.5
- Reading – 5.5
- Writing – 5.5
- 6.0 overall
- Listening – 17
- Reading – 18
- Speaking – 20
- Writing – 17
- 76 overall
If you require a visa the above language requirements are the minimum to allow entry into the UK.
Applications not supported by a language certificate cannot be accepted.
Tell me more about study abroad at Essex
We have been admitting study abroad students since 1979. Originally, our
programme was for Junior Year Abroad and exchange students from the United
States but it has extended to include Japan, Latin America, Asia, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Approximately 250-300 students take part
at Essex each year.
Many of our study abroad students are in the second and third years of
their degrees, although some are in their fourth year and others are
postgraduates. You register with us as an ‘occasional’ - or non-graduating -
student. The modules that you can enrol for, subject in some cases to
meeting pre-requisites, can be found in our
module directory is online.
Fee information for 2014-15
If your university has an exchange agreement with Essex, then you may be eligible to
study at Essex as an exchange student. Exchange students do not pay tuition fees to Essex.
If your university does not have an exchange agreement with Essex, or if the exchange
places are already full, you can still study at Essex as a fee-paying study abroad student:
- full year £11,250
- autumn term only £4,500
- spring and summer terms £6,750
The application deadline for October 2014 entry is 31 May 2014 and the deadline for January 2015 entry is 1 November 2014.
What if I later return to Essex for further study?
Our Study Abroad loyalty discount is awarded to students who previously attended
at least one term at Essex, as a non-graduating students on a study abroad programme.
You must be registering for your first postgraduate study period at Essex, following
completion of your study abroad programme, whether it is a taught course or a research degree.
Our Study Abroad loyalty discount is only available for the first year of your study
and if you are wholly self-funding your tuition fee.