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 volunteer at one of our partner institutions around the world.


Prosperous partnerships

There are a number of different ways we can work in partnership with other institutions, through link agreements and partnerships.

Double degree programmes

Through our prestigious, jointly-developed double degree programme with Northwest University (NWU) in China and our own School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) at Essex, successful students from NWU will be awarded qualifications from both institutions; a BSc in Electronic Systems Engineering from Essex and a BSc in Electronic Information Science and Technology from NWU. Students will complete the first three years of the programme in China, with Essex staff travelling to deliver month-long modules, alongside NWU staff, this is followed up through online support from the UK. This study pogramme received approval from China’s Ministry of Education. We also offer Double Masters in Economics or Politics with the University of Konstanz.  

Dual award partnerships

The University has two dual award partnerships with Kobe University in Japan, and a number of postgraduate taught dual award programmes with universities across Germany. The programme leads to a Masters degree from both Essex and the partner institution. Essex departments involved with this scheme include our Department of Economics, which has a dual award partnership with the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe, and our Department of Government which has a dual award partnership with the Graduate School of Law. 

Progression and friendship agreements

The University has these kinds of agreements with almost 120 institutions around the world. Friendship agreements allow the University to formalise cooperation with another institution. Progression agreements allow students to be considered for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Essex provided they meet the admission criteria.

One-year undergraduate top-up courses

Our partnership with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) offers their students the opportunity to complete a one year undergraduate top-up course validated by the University of Essex. Successful students will receive either a BA in Creative Arts Management or a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Essex, and the partnership is operated in collaboration with East 15 Acting School. 

Undergraduate business courses

Through our partnership with Kaplan Singapore, we offer a number of our undergraduate Essex Business School courses in Singapore. These are closely modelled on the courses offered by Essex Business School at Essex. Kaplan Singapore students are able to complete their Essex award in 18 months. The courses available are BSc Accounting and Finance, BSc Banking and Finance and BSc Management and Marketing.  

Legal practice qualifications

Essex is one of only five universities in the UK which qualifies students for legal practice in both France and the UK. Students spend the first two years of this double degree studying at Essex where they take the required modules in English law. In the following two years, students will study at a partner institution in France, following modules in French law to obtain a Licence en Droit and the Maîtrise/Master 1. Currently, Essex has three partner institutions in France; Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Université Toulouse 1 Capitole.

Studying abroad and student exchanges

We currently have study abroad partnership agreements with some 155 institutions globally, and each year around 300 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 so join our international community of original thinkers and gain something unique within an academically-challenging environment.

"I was intrigued by the challenge of studying abroad - I was intrigued by the challenge, I like learning new things, I like exploring different places." 
Marissa Anderson BA Financial Economics 

Grasping new opportunities 

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.

  • We hold an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2014-20
  • IIE GSA Commitment Partner
  • UUK Go International Commitment Partner



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. 

Mariona Nogueras Piferrer spent six weeks volunteering in Bangalore, India. Through the Vicente Ferrer Foundation she taught English and soft skills to University students.