Essex students will be able to apply for funding for study or work opportunities around the world thanks to the University of Essex securing a grant from the UK Government's Turing Scheme for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Turing Scheme is the global programme to provide funding for study and work abroad programmes. These programmes offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for personal and professional development for students. The University of Essex has been awarded nearly half a million pounds by the Turing Scheme to support its range of international opportunities.

The programmes, which can last from four weeks to one year, could include study abroad programmes, international work placements and summer abroad programmes such as volunteering, summer schools and internships.

As part of the exciting global scheme, Canada, Japan, and the United States are among more than 150 international destinations where UK students will be funded to take up opportunities – with a high percentage of places going to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Going global with Essex 

At Essex we can offer our students a growing portfolio of short-term international programmes for summer 2023 and the Turing Scheme can be used to support student cost of living expenses whilst they are abroad.

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Professor Madeline Eacott, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing funding again from the Turing Scheme. At Essex we are proud to offer our students a transformational education where they can thrive and develop both personally and academically. This year the Turing Scheme funding has supported a number of students to gain invaluable experiences from around the world and broaden their horizons. We look forward to being able to continue to offer these opportunities to students throughout 2022-2023”. 

Essex Abroad Manager, Kristi Connell added: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support our students for a second year running through the Turing Scheme funding. This will enhance our students’ experience abroad and open many more opportunities to them whilst they are abroad. An international experience provides our students with the opportunity to immerse themselves into different cultures and situations and builds on important key life skills to heighten their future employability. The Turing funding provides us with the opportunity to support a broader range of international programmes with its flexibility, allowing us to support a wider range of students and encourage more to take part in a short-term international programme.”

What happens next?

Essex Abroad will contact eligible students who are studying abroad in 2022-2023 regarding Turing Scheme funding and how they can apply. For other students who are interested in finding out more, then you should visit the funding and finance area of the Essex Abroad webpages at the start of the academic year.

What our students say

Essex was also delighted to be able to fund students using Turing Scheme funding during 2021-2022 with students receiving funding for study abroad programmes in Japan, USA, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Romania and Switzerland. We also have students taking in part in programmes through the summer across the world. Several students have shared their feedback on their time abroad and the Turing Scheme funding below.

Conor in the USA

Conor, who completed a year abroad in USA and received Turing Scheme funding said “I had the most fantastic time out in the United States. I fell in love with new cultures and made friends from all across the globe who I'll cherish for the rest of my life. The Turing Scheme enriched these experiences and made them more plentiful, with me being able to afford more excursions with my friends and actually, also funded my trips to Atlanta and Savannah during spring break.”

Conor on Study Abroad Trip

Martyna in the USA

Martyna who completed a term abroad in USA said: “I am very thankful that I was awarded funding through the Turing Programme because it allowed me to return from a term in the United States and continue my studies into my senior year. Thanks to this programme, I was able to cover part of my hall of residence fee and start my second term at the University of Essex with peace of mind”

Martyna on Study Abroad trip

Anastasiya in Switzerland

Anastasiya spent a year abroad in Switzerland studying Modern Languages and said: “The Turing funding gave me the opportunity to enjoy this year abroad to the fullest and explore the magnificent Switzerland!”

Anastasiya on Study Abroad trip