Why Essex?

Here at Essex we welcome students from more than 140 countries to our campuses with open arms. Over a third of our student population are from outside of the UK so you’ll feel right at home.
I came to Essex after transferring from my Belgian university in Brussels. I would advise fellow Belgians to come and see how different things can be across the channel. If one is looking to broaden his or her horizons in a top class institution for a reasonable cost, Essex can be the right choice. In addition, the university has one of the highest rates of international students in the country which makes it very diverse and one finds that people are extremely open and friendly. I have come to genuinely appreciate the English lifestyle and will continue my studies in the UK at Masters level.
Maximilien Von Berg BA in International Relations and Politics

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider 7/10 or 14/20, or a 60% average with 70% in three subjects from Belgian high school qualifications. 

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit our Pathways Department for details about our undergraduate degrees with a foundation year and the University of Essex International College for other undergraduate and postgraduate pathways.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team admit@essex.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 2.2 (Met voldoening/Avec satisfaction) from a Belgian Bachelor degree.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available through our partner Kaplan International Colleges if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Research 

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the degree that you are interested in. 

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the grade information above), and a master's degree with a good grade is required for most PhD programmes, in addition to a well-developed research proposal in a field in which we can offer supervision. Please have a read through our information for research degree applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Scholarships and funding

Our Undergraduate EU Scholarship scheme offers a £5,000 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2022-23. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 15 July 2022. Other terms and conditions apply.

Our Masters (PGT) EU Scholarship offers up to a £5,500 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2022-23.  In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 16 September 2022 (for October start) or 6 January 2023 (for January 2023 start). For details of the award amounts and full terms and conditions, please visit the link.

Our Postgraduate Research EU Scholarship scheme offers an £8,000 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2022-23. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 16 September 2022 (for October start) or 6 January 2023 (for January 2023 start). Other terms and conditions apply.

Please visit our Scholarships pages for full terms and conditions and information about additional funding opportunities.

Our student societies

We’ve got over 100 clubs and societies at Essex, including our friendly Essex European Society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Promote European cooperation and connections with other continents
  • Network with students and organisations from across Europe
  • Join the society football team
  • Partake in society socials and parties

Explore the Essex European society

Join in the conversation and get to know other students with the society's Facebook page.

Meet us in Belgium

Unfortunately we do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

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Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
Essex is top 30 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022)
25th in the UK for research quality (Times Good University Guide 2022)
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Emma Burgess Belgium country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828