International students


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Why Essex?

Hello, we are delighted that you're considering studying with us.

Essex has a long history of welcoming students from Bulgaria to join our diverse community of over 135 different nationalities. Over a third of our student population are from outside of the UK so you’ll feel right at home.

Andrea from Bulgaria
I made friends with students from all over the world, many of
which I keep in touch with today! I always felt at home during my studies there,
welcomed and taken care of. The quality of education is of the highest level and the
teachers are very helpful and friendly. Colchester campus also offers many opportunities
in terms of sports, partying, student societies and employment.

Some tips from me: Probably you would never guess, but my favourite place to hang out
was the library! Apart from studying, it is a great place to meet fellow students and
socialise. And everyone remembers their first time on the paternoster!
Andrea Peycheva ba international relations

Application information

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider a 5.2 overall average from Diploma za zavaresheno sredno obrazovanie. 

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.

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

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 24 or above from a 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

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.

Scholarships and funding

Our Bulgarian Partnership Bursary offers £1,000 awards to first year Bulgarian students meeting the scholarship conditions

Our student societies

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

  • Share Bulgarian culture with other students
  • Fundraise for charities
  • Make and enjoy Bulgarian food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Bulgarian society

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

Meet us in Bulgaria

22 - 23 February 2020

Integral Spring World Education Fair, Sofia

You can follow my travels on Instagram.

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
Colchester is among the UK's top 10 most affordable university towns according to
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
With our Bulgarian Society we make sure you feel at home throughout your studies
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Chat to us

Talk to our current students about their experience at Essex.

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Hear from our Bulgarian students and alumni

Yoana Dancheva
I chose to study here at Essex because the university enabled me to take the modules which I had always wanted to study without restricting me in any way. I'm studying Modern Languages (German and Spanish) and Linguistics, and I cannot imagine being at a different university. The professors and my classmates are some of the most wonderful people I have met in my life. They inspire me to do my best and encourage me to achieve my goals. The university has the most beautiful natural park, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Whenever I'm feeling stressed, I take a walk around campus. In the summer, I like to sit on one of the benches and read. It's truly the most calming atmosphere for studying.
When I first arrived I was very scared! However, I met my thirteen amazing flatmates and life became easier. During Freshers’ week I met amazing people and started creating friendships. Most of the people at Essex are very kind and open-minded so communication is very easy. In my department everything was well organised since the very beginning. As I had four lectures and four classes during the week it was not difficult to organise my time. I could easily study 3-4 hours every day during the week and still have time for social activities. My time in Essex has been a unique experience. It wouldn’t be the same without my friends. 
Maria Sivrieva BA Politics
Get in touch
Get in touch
Andrew Marriott Bulgaria country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 873816