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.
Francisca Garces
Like any other foreign student, I was nervous, and didn’t know what to expect at first. However, when I got to campus, the feelings of nervousness and fear were replaced by feelings of joy and excitement. I suddenly realised coming to study at Essex was the best decision I ever made. Everything from the infrastructure, students, teachers and cheerful environment made me feel welcome. I ended up taking part in no less than three societies (Catholic, Latin American and yoga and meditation society), which not only provided me with incredible memories, but also gave me friends for life. I ended up being an executive in the Catholic Society, which helped me improve my leadership and communication skills. Furthermore, I frequently attended the Essex sport centre to shake off the stress of everyday tasks and exams. The SU Bar became my favourite place for, believe or not, doing my homework and studying. At Essex, you have something productive to do every single day: whether is hanging out with people from all over the world and going with them to all sorts of recreational or cultural events, or learning new languages (German and Polish, in my case).   As a person from a small country with little contact with international cultures, it was an amazing opportunity to get to know great friends from countries I had just known from movies or pictures such as Greece, Poland, Iran, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the list goes on and on. 

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 admit@essex.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 7/10 from Titulo de 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 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.

Scholarships and funding

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

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 Ecuador

10 February 2021, 6 pm (GMT)

Americas regional information session

We'll be holding a virtual information session for our potential and current applicants, their parents and school advisers from the Americas. This is a chance to find out information relevant to applicants and their families from the region, and to ask any questions you may have about Essex.

Book your place for the session here.

You can follow my travels on Instagram.

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Chat with our students and staff

Fancy discovering what student life at Essex is like? Want to learn more about our international community? Come and talk to some of our students and staff online to get answers to all of your questions.

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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 totallymoney.com
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
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Book a meeting with our team

Book a short virtual meeting with our student recruitment team to ask anything about applying to or studying at Essex.

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Get in touch
Get in touch
Keeley Alvarez Ecuador country contact
Telephone: +44 1206 874828