If you are currently studying at Essex or are considering a course with
us, then we offer opportunities for you to spend a term or a full year
studying in another country on most courses/ Some courses have a compulsory
period of study abroad.
Study abroad is extremely worthwhile and enjoyable both socially and
educationally. You do not have to speak a foreign language and a year or
term studying abroad offers you a host of benefits. You gain:
- an excellent opportunity for personal development, becoming more
independent and confident as a result of study abroad;
- the chance to become immersed in another culture over a sustained
period, coming to know a country and its people in a way that you could not
as a tourist;
- a different perspective on the world and your academic discipline
in particular; and
- an opportunity to experience an alternative educational system
which develops different skills from those that feature most prominently in
the UK system.
Study abroad enhances your employability. A period of study abroad on
your CV helps you stand out from other candidates and signals to an employer
than you have maturity, adaptability and an ability to fend for yourself,
plus strong organisational skills. As business becomes increasingly
international, the experience of living abroad becomes more attractive to
Depending upon your study abroad destination, you may gain fluency in a
second language, which is also helpful in the employment market.
In addition, you have an invaluable chance to meet people from different
countries and form friendships. Years after your study abroad, you can still
have close friends in other countries to visit.