International students

International student application information

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How to apply and entry requirements

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.

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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.

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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 require a visa to study in the UK for longer than six months, you'll need to apply for the relevant immigration permission under 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.


European students

Despite the UK having left the EU on the 31 January 2020, our welcome to European students will remain as warm as ever.

Fees and funding

If you're starting your course in 2020, you will pay the same fees as Home (UK) students for the duration of your course. This also applies to courses starting in January 2021.

The government has confirmed that EU students starting in the academic year 2020-21 who are eligible for a loan will still receive it for the duration of their course.

If you're starting your studies in October 2021, you will be classified as an international student for fees purposes. We've introduced scholarships worth up to £7,000 for EU students joining us from October 2021.

Immigration and visas 

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered into a transition period until 31 December 2020. The current free movement principle for citizens of the European Economic Area and Switzerland still applies until the end of the transition period.

Eligible nationals who enter the UK to study before 31 December 2020 can apply for settlement under the EU settlement scheme. This applies to EU citizens, non-European EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and their eligible family members. Read the UKCISA guidance for more information about the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK's Immigration Rules changed on Monday 5 October 2020. The new Student route will replace the Tier 4 (General) route. The Student route will also apply to EEA/Swiss nationals who do not have settlement rights and will arrive on or after 1 January 2021, to study for more than six months. To apply under the Student rules, you will need a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University.

Our immigration pages will be updated with further information.

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"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."
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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.