Study abroad

Incoming students

Incoming students

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.

Fees and financing (2017 entry)

If you spend a full year abroad then you won't be charged tuition fees at either Essex or your host university. We also offer various funding opportunities to study abroad students.

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.

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

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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 research

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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).

History on Facebook

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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.

Learn languages

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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.