2020 applicants

Why Essex?

Moi! We have a very international outlook with more than a third of our students coming from outside of the UK with over 135 nationalities represented..
If you’re applying to East 15 from Finland I can recommend the course for sure. I would tell you that it's probably quite different to the acting courses at universities in Finland because in East 15 there is a real sense of community. In the end it's all about what you take from the course and the people you share your time with. But in East 15 I know that there is a real possibility to learn and to develop as an actress, so the ingredients are there just waiting to be used.
Maarit Hara MA Acting (International)

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider an MMM average in Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamensbetyg. 

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.

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 3/5 or 2/3 from 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 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.

Funding your studies

You may be eligible to receive funding from KELA to fund your studies at Essex, both "Opintotuki" and "Opintolaina". Please visit KELA's website for further information.

Our student societies

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

  • Meet other Nordic students
  • Share Nordic cultures and languages with other students
  • Make and enjoy Nordic food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Nordic society

Meet us in Finland

Unfortunately we do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

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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
Funding from your home country may apply for your studies at Essex
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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I was originally studying at the University of Jyväskylä where you can take part in an exchange programme. I chose Essex because it is really near to London and all airports and the courses sounded good and interesting. I wanted to improve my English also during the exchange and Essex seemed the only option for that.
The social life in Essex is really good and there are many options for spending your free time. Academically, studying in England is different than studying in Finland. Courses can last one term or a full year and teaching methods are also a bit different.
I like the fact that the campus is like a little town - almost everyone you need is right here. I really like this atmosphere. Essex is a very international university so you cannot feel lonely here. If you want to know something about Asia, the USA or Australia for example you can always find somebody from there.
If you’re from Finland and considering Essex then I say “just go for it!"
Elina Hölttä exchange student
Get in touch
Get in touch
Heather Harvey Finland country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828