Why Essex?

With students from over 140 different countries and a third of our students from outside the UK we're a truly diverse university. We pride ourselves in being 15th in the UK for international outlook (THE World University Rankings 2024). 

Useful information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for all of our undergraduate and postgraduate  courses are shown in our course listings. We also recognise a number of High School qualifications, University Foundation Programmes and International Year One courses for entry on to our undergraduate degrees. For more information on qualifications we can accept please email our admissions team at admit@essex.ac.uk.

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes which can lead to entry to our undergraduate degrees, please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Scholarships and funding

We have a range of scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate and postgraduate study. To view what we have on offer and the eligibility criteria please visit our scholarship finder for more information.

We also offer generous Performance Sports scholarships and bursaries, with up to a 100% tuition fee discount and other exclusive benefits included for talented athletes playing at national, regional or international level.

Student life at Essex

Our largest campus is located just outside the historic city of Colchester, which is an hour away from London by train. It's a vibrant and international campus, with a range of services within the safety of a parkland location. Our smaller campus in Southend brings together a central city location and the best of British seaside life, and our East 15 Acting School campus in Loughton is a purpose-built haven just 30 minutes from Central London. Find out more about life on our three campuses.


At Essex, we encourage students to get involved inside and outside of the classroom. Whether that's joining our Model UN society, learning a new language, playing sport or getting a part time job, there's lots of opportunities to develop your skills, meet people and start new, or continue existing interests. See our range of societies and sports clubs.


Considering where you could live is an important factor when choosing that university to be 'home'. In Colchester, we have a range of accommodation to suit your budget and needs, all within walking distance to campus. Even better - it's guaranteed for international students, and for the duration of your course if you'll be joining us as an undergraduate.

Meet us

You can meet us at events and school visits aimed at international students already in the UK around the country.

24 February 2024 - SI-UK London University Fair, Royal Lancaster London

18 May 2024 - SI-UK London University Fair, Royal Lancaster London

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

Visit us

We run a number of Open Days throughout the year where you have the opportunity to view our accommodation and facilities and get your questions answered by our academics.

If you can’t attend an Open Day, you are welcome to book a self-guided tour or join our guided campus tours every Wednesday and Friday at our Colchester campus!


Two students talking in the SU Bar at our Southend Campus
Chat with our students and staff

Fancy discovering what student life at Essex is like? Want to learn more about our international community? Come and talk to some of our students and staff online to get answers to all of your questions.

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Ella Sancassani
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Ella Sancassani UK international student contact