Here you'll find information about studying at Essex as a student from the Americas, and useful links to information for your country.
At Essex we welcome students from all across the Americas into our vibrant campus communities. Sign up below to find out more about studying at Essex, and find links to information about our courses and scholarships for students from the region.
Many of our students from the Americas study courses in the areas of Law and Human Rights, Politics, Business, Economics, Life Sciences, Sociology and Criminology, and Health and Social Care. Our long experience in interdisciplinary research and a focus on social justice across our subject areas allows our students to pursue their passions and have a positive impact on the world.
You can find out about our scholarships and entry requirements for students from across the region on our country webpages. On these pages you'll also find contact information for our team looking after students from your country, and a link to book a meeting with them if you'd like your questions answered over a video call.
Among our funding options for students from the region are our £5,000 Americas Scholarships for undergraduate students, and the Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarships which are available to residents from a range of countries. The country pages linked above include information about these and other funding options for your country.
Our largest campus is located just outside the historic city of Colchester, and offers a great social life and full services within the safety and calm of a parkland location. If you're ready to venture further, in just over an hour you could be in the bustle of London for a great break from your studies.
Below you'll find experiences from two of our students from the region. To find more stories from students from your country, and to chat with our staff and students, visit the webpage for your country.
Like any other foreign student, I was nervous, and didn’t know what to expect at first. However, when I got to campus, the feelings of nervousness and fear were replaced by feelings of joy and excitement. I suddenly realised coming to study at Essex was the best decision I ever made. Everything from the infrastructure, students, teachers and cheerful environment made me feel welcome. I ended up taking part in no less than three societies (Catholic, Latin American and yoga and meditation society), which not only provided me with incredible memories, but also gave me friends for life. I ended up being an executive in the Catholic Society, which helped me improve my leadership and communication skills. Furthermore, I frequently attended the Essex Sports Centre to shake off the stress of everyday tasks and exams. The SU Bar became my favourite place for, believe or not, doing my homework and studying. At Essex, you have something productive to do every single day: whether is hanging out with people from all over the world and going with them to all sorts of recreational or cultural events, or learning new languages (German and Polish, in my case). As a person from a small country with little contact with international cultures, it was an amazing opportunity to get to know great friends from countries I had just known from movies or pictures such as Greece, Poland, Iran, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the list goes on and on.
I was able to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. I learned from students who came from backgrounds in politics, policing, the military, and others. I am confident that my studies abroad greatly contributed to my understanding of complex political conflicts and situations. My professors were all deeply committed to human rights and humanitarian law, and they were active practitioners in the field. They helped me to understand the realities of working in areas of conflict and elevated my comprehension of human rights and humanitarian law from the perspective of victims and survivors. My fellow students, who came from all over the world, inspired me to dream big and push beyond myself. Studying at the University of Essex gave me access to a global network of inspiring human rights advocates around the world. No matter what country I landed in, I knew that I would be able to connect with either a former student colleague of mine or someone within the alumni network.
If you are a parent or a guardian of a student interested in joining us at Essex, we've got a dedicated page for you full of useful information. You are also more than welcome to get in touch with our friendly team to ask anything about studying at Essex or in the UK in general.