Why Essex?

With students from over 140 different countries, Essex is the world in one place. We're top 20 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2018. 

Visits to your country


20 October 2018 - 20 October 2018 - Study UK Exhibition, Sofia

Scholarships and funding

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

Entry requirements


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


Clubs and societies

You can meet other Bulgarian students through our Bulgarian society:

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
I have just finished my second year and I think I have already built my proper life here. Studies are going perfect; I have had a job since my first year, found many friends and established valuable contacts. The UK is definitely cheaper than many European countries. I came from Sofia, have also lived in Paris, Rome and now I am doing a year abroad in Bologna (Italy) and compared to England I think the prices here are higher. I would recommend the University of Essex for sure, every single day here has taught me something and everything is a valuable experience for me. 
Katerina Koliovska BA Italian Studies and Modern Languages
Get in touch
Andrew Marriott Bulgaria country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828