We welcome students for study abroad at Essex, offering you a friendly, supportive
and academically challenging environment for a term or a year. You will find study
abroad extremely worthwhile and enjoyable, both socially and educationally.
All of our undergraduate courses have a year abroad option. You spend the year before the final year of your degree
at one of our many partner universities throughout the world. Your study
at the overseas institution counts towards your final degree grade. Many study abroad placements do not require knowledge
of a foreign language
As well as being a fantastic experience, study abroad enhances your employability. A period of study abroad on your
CV tells employers that you are mature, adaptable, organised and independent. It can enhance your learning and widen your
opportunities upon graduation.
Planning your study abroad
You will be helped and supported throughout your first and second years at Essex, when you will plan your study abroad.
- Essex Abroad holds information
sessions for first-year students during the autumn term and ongoing drop-in
sessions for advice on the suitability of individual universities.
- Final-year students who have just returned to Essex provide first-hand
accounts of the ups and downs of their experiences.
- You may be able to meet with exchange students from the country you will
be visiting, who are spending their period of study abroad at Essex, to get
their personal accounts of their home campuses and the differences between
the British education system and their own.
- Our Students' Union has a
Year Abroad Society, which can provide peer advice and support.
- We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.
Studying abroad in Arizona, USA
In this video, BA American History student
Emily Walker talks about modules, writing songs for class and canoing the San Juan river during her year abroad at Northern Arizona University.
More study abroad videos
Watch our videos
Watch a taster lecture, hear our students’ opinions of their study experience and see our staff talking about their latest research. Our
videos will show you the passion and enthusiasm that we offer.
Our commitment to groundbreaking historical investigation is reflected in more than two-thirds of our research being
rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
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Connect with fellow members of the department and keep up-to-date with all of the latest departmental news and information by
liking the History Facebook page.
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.