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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 seminars where you attend with larger groups of students, and then classes with smaller groups and teaching assistants 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 town 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


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

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 2.2  or 2.5/5 or 2.0/4 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.

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 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

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

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.

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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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Get in touch
Heather Harvey The Netherlands country contact
Telephone: +44 1206 874828