Why Essex?

With students from over 140 different countries, Essex is the world in one place. We currently have 157 students from Latin America studying at the University.
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Hola, mi nombre es Laura Naranjo, estudiante colombiana de postgrado del MSc Politics, Communications and Data Analytics. Escogí la Universidad de Essex porque tiene un excelente y distinguido departamento de gobierno, también por la calidad de sus profesores y programas académicos. La universidad también cuenta con grandes espacios e instalaciones, y está ubicada en Colchester, una gran ciudad para vivir como estudiante y con una ubicación perfecta para viajar a Londres o a cualquier parte del Reino Unido. Siempre me apasionó la idea de estudiar por fuera de mi país, considero que es una oportunidad muy completa ya que le das una perspectiva más internacional a tu carrera, conoces otras culturas y te desafías a ti mismo. Essex ofrece una cantidad de actividades que puedes hacer adicionales a tu carrera y que finalmente complementan tu experiencia aquí. Hay miles de sociedades, grupos y eventos que hacen que la Universidad se vuelva no solo un espacio de estudio sino también un nuevo hogar.
Laura Naranjo MSc Politics, Communications and Data Analytics

Entry requirements


Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses.
We accept a number of international qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate with the majority of our courses requiring a grade between 29 - 32 or the SATR with the majority of our courses requiring a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test.

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 admit@essex.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Taught

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 3.5 or above from Licenciado. Some courses and departments 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 Latin America Scholarship scheme offers £5,000 scholarships to undergraduate students from Colombia. Please visit the link for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £4,000 tuition fee discount to masters students from Colombia achieving a 4/5 average in their undergraduate degree. Please visit the link above for further details about eligibility.

Our Vice-Chancellor's Global Talent Scholarship is a competitive scholarship offering successful candidates a 50% tuition fee discount on their tuition fees for the first year of study. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and master's applicants. Please visit the scholarship link for further information and to access the application form. 

Our Latin American and Caribbean Translation Scholarship offers £5,000 scholarships to students on our MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling and MA Translation and Professional Practice programmes. Please visit the link above for further details about the application process and eligibility.

You may be eligible for postgraduate funding through Colfuturo. Masters and Postgraduate Research students sponsored by Colfuturo will receive a 25% tuition fee discount. This excludes students joining courses at our East 15 Acting School. 

We offer two Chevening scholarships to students from across Latin America studying a one-year taught masters course in any subject at Essex. Each scholarship is worth 100% of the tuition fee. Applications for Chevening scholarships are now closed for 2023 entry. Please check the Chevening website for information for 2024 entry. 

Please visit our Scholarships pages for information about additional funding opportunities, including MBA scholarships.

Our student societies

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

  • Share Latin American culture with other students
  • Fundraise for a Latin America focused charity
  • Make and enjoy Latin American food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Latin American society

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

Meet us in Colombia

BMI Bogota on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2023

Virtual events

We are Essex: An Introduction to Studying in the UK, 30 November 9pm (UK time)

Keep up to date with my travels on Instagram.

I was attracted to the University of Essex for a number of reasons. What was really important to me though, was the fact that it highlights the component of entrepreneurship in its courses. The course itself has provided me with the opportunity to develop invaluable skills for my future career. In addition to my subject-specific knowledge, I have also improved my communication skills and my ability to socialise and network. The project-based elements of the course have really sparked my interest, particularly in new venture creation. I am very grateful for the departmental staff who are always on hand to provide support, guidance and encouragement.
Ana Granados, Bogotá, Colombia MSc International Marketing and Entrepreneurship
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Santiago Laguna
Ever since I finished my bachelor I've dreamt of becoming a specialist in migration. I focused on finding the best program in the world to do it. Among the most interesting programs I found, was the one offered by the University of Essex because of its approach and well-known staff. Then, thanks to an agreement between a Colombian institution (COLFUTURO) and the University of Essex, I won a scholarship that covered the tuition fee. Therefore, it made me able to come to Essex to make my dreams a reality. After coming here and see how the University and the Course are, I am happy about being here. The opportunities that I identified are infinite and invaluable. One remarkable thing that I love about the University of Essex is its cultural diversity and the considerable number of international students that one can find. I am learning not only from my teachers but also from my classmates who came from all around the world and are willing to share their stories. The best of the University of Essex is that one can travel without moving. One can see the world through other’s eyes and can realize the junctures and problems present in other countries. Besides, the University of Essex has several societies that one can join and where one can learn a lot of things while sharing laughter and skills with other students. I am enrolled as a member in three of these societies: Latin America Society, Arts and Craft Society and Student Action for Refugee Society. Each of these societies has brought me, wonderful people to share with and learn from. By working along with students from other departments, I could complement the readings and lectures. This is an opportunity that everyone needs to take. Overall, if I would have the opportunity to choose another university, I will not change the University of Essex for any.
Santiago Laguna Aldana MA MIgration studies
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Emma Burgess Colombia country contact