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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.
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

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 30 or above 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

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 3.5 or above from Licenciado.

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

MBA applicants and those interested in applying for The Essex MBA can join our Shark Tank: The Essex MBA, Colombia Edition event in February 2020 to pitch their business idea to our panel for a chance to be considered for a 100% scholarship for the full-time Essex MBA programme starting in October 2020.

Our Americas Regional Scholarship scheme offers £3,000 scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students from Colombia. Please visit the links above for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 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.

You may be eligible for postgraduate funding through Colfuturo. All students sponsored by Colfuturo will receive a 10% tuition fee discount, and additionally one postgraduate taught student will receive a 100% tuition fee scholarship from the university. 

Please visit our Fees and Funding pages for information about additional funding opportunities.

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

12 February 2020

Shark Tank: The Essex MBA, Colombia Edition, Bogota. Sign up to pitch your idea for a chance to win a 100% scholarship for The Essex MBA 2020 entry.

13 February 2020

QS World Grad School Fair, Bogota

15 February 2020 

QS World MBA tour, Bogota.

15 February 2020

QS World Grad School Fair, Cali

You can follow my travels on Instagram.

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

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
£3,000 scholarships available through our Americas Regional Scholarship
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
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Get in touch
Keeley Alvarez Colombia country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874075