Paulina Lewandowska
Ciao! I am Paulina and I look after our Italian students coming to the University of Essex. Each year we welcome a number of students from Italy to study various courses including Computer Science, International Relations, and Modern Languages, and we are delighted that you are considering joining them. We currently have nearly 100 Italian students studying with us. Below you'll find some country-specific information which I hope you will find helpful. Please do get in touch at if you have any questions.
Paulina Lewandowska Italy country contact

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

Postgraduate Taught

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 90 or above from Diploma di Laurea. Some courses and departments have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team

Postgraduate Research 

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the degree that you are interested in. 

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the grade information above), and a master's degree with a good grade is required for most PhD programmes, in addition to a well-developed research proposal in a field in which we can offer supervision. Please have a read through our information for research degree applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Scholarships and funding

Our Undergraduate EU Scholarship scheme offers a £5,000 discount on international tuition fees for each year for study for EU students joining us in academic year 2024-25. In order to qualify for this scholarship, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 15 September 2024. Please visit the link for further details about deadlines and eligibility. 

Our Masters (PGT) EU Scholarship offers up to a £5,500 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2024-25. For details of the award amounts and full terms and conditions, please visit the link.

Our Postgraduate Research EU Scholarship scheme offers an £8,000 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2024-25. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 12 July 2024 (for October start) or 11 October 2024 (for January 2025 start). Other terms and conditions apply.

We also offer generous Performance Sports scholarships and bursaries, with up to a 100% tuition fee discount and other exclusive benefits included for talented athletes playing at national, regional or international level.

Please visit our Scholarships pages for full terms and conditions and information about additional funding opportunities.

Meet us in Italy

21 March 2024 - QS fair, Milan

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

Hear from our Italian students and alumni

Sara Damoc
Ho scelto Essex perché il Dipartimento di Governo gode di una solida reputazione sia per l'insegnamento che per la ricerca e perché desideravo vivere l'esperienza di un campus universitario. La Students Union ospita oltre un centinaio di società, tra cui L'Associazione degli Studenti Italiani, di cui sono la Segretaria! L'Associazione Italiana organizza molti eventi e mi ha fatto sentire benvenuta e inclusa nel mio primo anno qui a Essex. La Società organizza feste nel bar del campus e incontri settimanali, ad esempio quest'anno abbiamo organizzato una grande serata pizza e film con persone di altre società. Una cosa fantastica di questa università è che ti aiutano davvero a trovare un lavoro. Il centro carriere offre mini-corsi su come creare un buon curriculum, avere successo nei colloqui e i passaggi necessari per ottenere un lavoro. Inoltre, ci sono molte opportunità di lavoro comode in campus. Ad esempio, sono Student Ambassador e Resident Assistant.  Amo l'esperienza del campus universitario, qualcosa che in Italia non abbiamo davvero. La maggior parte dei miei amici vive in campus, quindi passiamo quasi tutto il giorno insieme. Agli studenti italiani interessati a Essex:applicate! L’Associazione Italiana non vede l'ora di conoscervi!
Sara Damoc
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 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
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
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