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 settled into life at Essex very well. I found the organization of lectures where you attend with larger groups of students, and then seminars with smaller groups helped me to be able to settle into the academic routine easily. Also, the freshers' fair where I was exposed to all the societies and sports teams that were available made getting involved fun and easy. If you're looking for a good university, with friendly students, great resources, loads of societies and sports clubs, all in a city that's not London, but not far from it, then I recommend the University of Essex.
Joy-Ann van Arneman BSc International Economics

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider an average mark of 7.5 Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO). 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.

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit our Essex Pathways Department for details about our undergraduate degrees with a foundation year.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with a minimum of 7.0 from a Dutch Bachelors (HBO) or 2.5/4 GPA.

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.

Postgraduate Research

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the course that you are interested in. 
An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the 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 PhD applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

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.

Our Undergraduate EU Scholarship scheme offers a £5,000 discount on international tuition fees for each year of study for EU students joining us in academic year 2023-24. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 14 July 2023. Other terms and conditions apply.

 Our Masters (PGT) EU Scholarship offers up to a £5,500 discount on international tuition fees for EU students joining us in academic year 2023-24.  In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 14 July 2023 (for October start) or 13 October 2023 (for January 2024 start). 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 2023-24. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 14 July 2023 (for October start) or 13 October 2023 (for January 2024 start). Other terms and conditions apply.

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

Our student societies

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

  • Promote European cooperation and connections with other continents
  • Network with students and organisations from across Europe
  • Join the society football team
  • Partake in society socials and parties

 


Explore the Essex European society
I live in the University Quays. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. The river right opposite the buildings created a calm and warming atmosphere especially during summer. University can be so hectic sometimes and walking across the bridge entering your room feels just like you're at home. The best memory will be the countless cook-ups we had during the year and the barbeques we had during summer. 
Emmanuela Ohene Frimpong BSc Economics

Meet us in the Netherlands

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.

Hear from our alumni

Read about our graduate and British Council Alumni Award finalist Jian Jiang who graduated from Essex with a PhD in Computational Finance. He is the founder of ParkBee, a company which helps to eliminate on-street parking and lower congestion in the UK and Netherlands.

You can also watch his interview with the British Council where he talks about how he came up with the idea for his current company, and how his studies at Essex helped him along the way.

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
Essex is top 40 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)
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Book a short virtual meeting with our student recruitment team to ask anything about applying to or studying at Essex.

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Paulina Lewandowska
Get in touch
Paulina Lewandowska The Netherlands country contact
Telephone: +44 1206 874828