2020 applicants

Why Essex?

Here at Essex we welcome students from more than 140 countries to our campuses with open arms. Over a third of our student population are from outside of the UK so you’ll feel right at home.
The University offers a double degree with Nanterre University (LLM English and French Laws with Maitrise/Master 1) that is really good. I really wanted to go abroad for at least a year, to practice my English, meet new people and discover a whole new kind of life. Essex offered me all that.
I felt really comfortable at the University of Essex, right from the beginning! Everyone is concerned about your well being and if you have a problem in any course, there will always be someone (a tutor or a lecturer) to help you out.
If you want an experience totally different from the experience you get in a French university, if you want to practice your English but stay close to France, if you want to have a good degree and if you want to enjoy yourself as much as I did and meet new people from all around the world, then Essex is made for you!
Justine Meyer LLB English and French Laws

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider an overall mark of 12 (passable) from French Baccalaureat. 

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 12/20 in Maitrise.

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.

Our student societies

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

  • Share French language and culture with other students
  • Make and enjoy French food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the French Connection society

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

LLB English and French Laws (Licence)

For students fluent in both English and French, our LLB English and French Law (Licence) 'double degree' combines two years at Essex with one year of study at one of our partner universities in France:

  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Université Toulouse Capitole
  • Université Lyon III Jean Moulin

Our double degree students are very active and have their own society- l'Association du double diplôme Essex France

Meet us in France

Unfortunately we have no visits planned to your country in the near future. Please don't hesitate to contact your country contact listed below if you have any questions
Students talking in cafe
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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Hear from our French students

I originally applied to study French and English Law at Essex, but then realised that Law was not for me so chose Business Management as I passed an economic baccalauréat.
At the beginning of my first year it was a bit hard to make the transition from learning in French to English. However after the Christmas break everything was perfect, and I had a very good first year (socially and academically). What I loved was to meet people from different countries and different cultures.
Applying to Essex can be a good experience for you, it has been for me a good opportunity to live in England, meet international students, and to discover the student life on campus, something that isn’t the same in France! 
Amélie du Fayet de La Tou BSc Business Management and Modern Languages 
Get in touch
Heather Harvey France country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828