Global Essex

Global Education

The international dimension 

At Essex, we value highly the international dimension of university life in providing a transformational education to students.

We encourage our students and staff to broaden their world outlook through study, work or volunteering at one of our partner institutions around the world.

We have students from more than 140 countries and over a third of our students are from outside the UK. This makes us the most international mainstream university in the UK outside London
(The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

  • 13% of our students are from the rest of the EU.
  • 22% of our students are from the rest of the world.
  • We also attract many 'home' students with 65% of our student community from the UK.

Prosperous partnerships

We have a range of different partnership arrangements with institutions around the world.

Study abroad and student exchanges

We currently have study abroad partnership agreements with some 150 institutions globally, and each year around 250 Essex students take up this ideal opportunity to broaden their horizons and earn a credit towards their degree. View our students' study abroad video stories from Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and France.

We welcome students from around the world for a period of study abroad at Essex and aim to offer you an outstanding international experience. You can also join our international community of original thinkers and gain something unique within an academically-challenging environment.


Study Abroad information
  • IIE GSA Commitment Partner
  • UUK Go International Commitment Partner

Work and volunteer abroad 

We encourage our students to grasp opportunities to work and volunteer abroad, and take advantage of the opportunities we offer around the world that will broaden their horizons personally and academically.

Each year we offer rich extra-curricular activities to Essex students the world including in South America, China, Australasia and Southeast Asia. These include charity and conservation work with UmPhafa and  Colchester Zoo in South Africa, a sea turtle conservation project with Wildlife Sense in Greece, and Buenos Aires Municipal Government Internships in Argentina.

When our students consider working, volunteering or taking part in any opportunity abroad, we provide guidance on what direction to take and where they can go. We also help organise their your time abroad, and help students get prepared through pre-departure workshops.

Explore our current volunteering opportunities.


Each year we offer rich extra-curricular activities to Essex students wishing to pursue internships in countries including Argentina, China, Australia and other regions in Southeast Asia.