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. 
I chose Essex because of its high ranking in the discipline I was intending to study. I consider myself very lucky; before coming to Essex I was worried that I would have found it very difficult to settle in, both academically and socially because of a very competitive environment but I didn’t find this at all! I found very helpful lecturers and professors, as well as very nice and supportive classmates. To anyone in Italy thinking of coming to Essex I would say that, especially at the postgraduate level, coming to study here is an important experience that has no comparison with any Italian university, and that you will find a university tailored to the students.
Alessandra El Hariri MA Sociological Research

Entry requirements



Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider 80% overall from Diploma di Esame di Stato. 
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 90 or above from Diploma di Laurea.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

Foundation and pathway programmes

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.

Scholarships and funding

Our International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship scheme offers a £2,000 tuition fee discount to undergraduate students in their first year who have achieved 34 points or above in the International Baccalaureate. Please visit the website link for full terms and conditions.

Our student societies

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

  • Share and promote Italian culture on campus
  • Support and befriend other Italian students
  • Join the society's fundraising events, sports tournaments and more
  • Partake in society socials and parties

Explore the Italian society

See more on the society's Instagram.

Meet us in Italy

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
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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Hear from our Italian students and alumni

Besides the high quality of teaching, the facilities of the campus and the English pre-sessional courses were the factors which brought me to consider Essex my first choice. I have settled into life at Essex quite easily because the pre-sessional course provided a clever induction scheme to welcome the new students. Also, during freshers' week, we were taught about course and differences in study between the UK and Italy: understanding a system so different from the Italian one is fundamental to obtaining good results. This was my first experience alone and abroad, I haven't been too homesick thanks to the the kindness of English people and the exciting international environment.
Fabrizio Ori MSc Banking and Finance
I decided to come to Essex because of the high ranking of its Economics department in teaching and research. I was also offered a scholarship by the University, and that was a great incentive as well! I currently live in The Houses, on North Campus. I like the fact that the house is quiet, that I have my own bathroom and I’m just a 3 minute walk from the lecture halls and central campus. To any Italian students considering the University of Essex I say go for it, because this experience will enrich you so much! Even the infamous English weather becomes bearable, in a place like Essex!
Zelda Brutti MSc Economics
Studying in the UK is very different from our Italian view of University. There’s a lot more campus life and the quality of relationships with professors and tutors is really good and much closer than what we are used to. Also, the location of Colchester is amazing for travelling, especially because London is so near, but you don't feel the pressure of the big city and you actually have as many adventures on campus as you would in London!
Anna Sergi PhD Sociology
Get in touch
Heather Harvey Italy country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828