Why Essex?

Here at Essex we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place. We welcome students from more than 140 countries to our campuses with over a third of our student population from outside of the UK so you'll feel right at home.

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider a 5.0 overall average from Certificat de Maturite. 

If you are taking international high school qualifications these may also be accepted, please contact us for more information. Our A-level and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found on our course listings

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes which can lead to entry to our undergraduate degrees, please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

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 4.25 from a Swiss 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.

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 Non-EU Europe Regional Scholarship scheme offers £5,000 scholarships to undergraduate students from Switzerland. Please visit the link for further details about eligibility.

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.

Please visit our Scholarships pages for information about additional funding opportunities.

Meet us in Switzerland

We will be visiting between 25-30 September in Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Zurich, Basel and Bern and also in Spring. More details will follow or please email us below for more information.

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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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Hear from our alumni

Read about our graduate and British Council Alumni Award finalist Lilia Petrosyan, who now works as Consultant for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. You can also watch her interview with the British Council where she talks about how studying human rights at Essex led her to her current career.

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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