International student application information

How to apply and entry requirements

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Applying to Essex is straightforward.

We make things as easy for you as possible, so you can get on with the most important business of planning your Essex experience.

We'll walk you through how to apply to study with us and the documents you'll need to send us.

Applying for a course

For information on how to apply, and links to application forms, please choose the type of course you wish to apply for.

Pathways and English language courses

Pre-sessional pathways

Our pre-sessional English language pathways are ideal if you need to improve your English before starting one of our courses. We offer various pre-sessional programmes based on your needs and English proficiency.

Find out more

Bespoke English programmes

If you are part of a group and want to improve your general proficiency in English, prepare for IELTS, or have any other specific English language training needs, our Bespoke English Programme could be an ideal choice.

Find out more

Entry requirements

Academic and English language requirements vary by course and level of study. See the country-specific page for your country or browse our courses to find out the general and specific entry requirements for your country. You can find the English language requirements specific your level of study through the application pages in the menu above.


If you're applying from outside the European Economic Area and require a visa to study in the UK, you'll need to apply under Tier 4 of the UK immigration system. Find out more about immigration and applying for a visa.

University of Essex International College

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.


EU students

The vote to leave the EU will change some trade, travel and work arrangements between the UK and certain European nations, but our welcome to EU and international students will remain as warm as ever.

Fees and tuition fee loans

If you're starting your course in 2020, you will pay the same fees as Home (UK) students for the duration of your course.

The government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2020 who are eligible for a loan will still receive it for the duration of their course.

Immigration and visas 

The current free movement principle for citizens of the European Economic Area still applies, and will do so until the various laws governing immigration are repealed or reformed.

There will be no immediate change to the current immigration system or your options to work in the UK. Any new changes will take at least two years to be implemented. As details become clearer, we will keep you fully informed.

"I chose to study at Essex Business School as it was highly ranked and a lot of alumni had gone on to become senior figures within their industries. The modules offered were a great fit for my business aspirations, and the opportunity to create a business plan meant I had a launch pad ready for when I was ready to start up my own business. I now own a number of businesses and hope to grow them and sell on in the future. I also advise people on how to start businesses using the techniques and knowledge I gained during my time at Essex."
Morahinyo Beckley from Nigeria MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Get in touch
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Undergraduate Admissions Team If you've got a question about applying to Essex, contact our admissions team, who are always happy to help.
Postgraduate Admissions Team If you'd like to apply for one of our postgraduate courses and want to know more, speak to one of our graduate admissions advisors.