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Why Essex?

We at Essex love our students from North America! We currently have over 100 students from all over the US studying at our campuses, and we are delighted that you are considering joining them.

Our largest campus is located just outside the historic town of Colchester, and offers a great social life and full services within the safety and calm of a parkland location. If you're ready to venture further, in just over an hour you could be in the bright city lights of London for a great break from your studies. Our campus in Southend brings together a central location and the best of British seaside life, and our East 15 Acting School campus in Loughton is a purpose-built haven just 30 minutes from Central London.

Find out more about life and services on our three campuses.

Application information

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider either:

  • 23 in ACT plus High School Graduation Diploma with GPA 3.0:
  • SAT with a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test plus High School Graduation Diploma with GPA 3.0, or;
  • Minimum of 3 APTs with two at 3 or above and one at 4 or above.

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

We know you may be worried that your studies and exams are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise that this is a difficult time for you, and we don’t want you to feel anxious about being unable to start university. We also know how hard you will have been working to achieve your best and manage all the challenges you have faced over the last year.  

We understand that as a result of the pandemic there have been changes to the availability of tests and examinations in the US. As you submit your application, please provide any test scores that you already have, as well as listing any future tests you intend on taking. If you will be unable to take these tests, please contact, quoting your UCAS ID, to discuss your individual situation. Our Admissions Office will be able to advise on alternative options, and may be able to consider other evidence for students who will be unable to sit examinations.

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 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

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 Americas Regional Scholarship scheme offers £5,000 scholarships to undergraduate students from the United States. Please visit the link for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 tuition fee discount to masters students from the United States achieving a CGPA 3.25 or above in their undergraduate degree. Please visit the link for further details about eligibility.

Essex is approved to receive U.S. Federal Aid/Direct Loans, GI Bill and Marshall Scholarships

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

Meet us in the US

We do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future.

Feel free to get in touch or book a meeting with your country contacts Tim and Emma with the details at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.


Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
£3,000 scholarships available through our Americas Regional Scholarship
Colchester is among the UK's top 10 most affordable university towns according to
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
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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 US students and alumni

Jonathan Hendry
Howdy! My name is Jonathan and I’m a first year European Studies and Politics (with a year abroad) student from the Tennessee. I visited the UK first in 2013 on the International Air Cadet Exchange and forthwith fell in love with it and returned for two tours in the U.S Air Force. Obviously when choosing a University, my first choice was here, and I couldn’t be more excited to start my studies again here in Essex. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Essex so far, I am quite active in several societies around campus. The show choir, (which yes, is just like Pitch Perfect and Glee), The LGBT+ society, Model United Nations, the Harry Potter society, Theatre Arts (where I most recently played an Ozian in the Christmas Pantomime), the Green Impact group which supports environmentally and socially sustainable practices, and Cricket. The thing I love most about Essex is how you can get involved in so many extra curricular activities and societies even if that’s not what you're majoring in and the travel opportunities from here are endless. Since getting here in October I’ve have already visited 11 countries for less than $100 each. I would absolutely recommend anyone to come here! Whether it be for a term, a year, or your whole degree; it’s a life changing experience and one of the best choices I’ve ever made! 
Sara Lessman
I graduated with an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in 2018. Following my studies, I was able to connect with Essex Startups in hopes of launching a business, BlankSlateBody. Since day one, Essex Startups has been incredibly helpful as a resource: offering workshops, mentoring, goal setting opportunities, and even funding. Without Essex Startups, I'm not sure where I'd be in my startup journey. Since beginning working with them, I finalised and released my first product, I feel more confident than ever marketing myself, and I have a support system I can go to with questions, ideas, and concerns. Whatever business idea you have, I highly recommend connecting with them. 
Sara Lessman MFA ACTING (2018)
I knew I had the entrepreneur persona, that's something that brought me to the University of Essex! It's like a gravity that I knew I could start my own business, I just wanted to get my Masters done first. --- I got an email from Essex Startups, and at the very bottom it had 'schedule a meeting for a brainstorming session' and I thought: 'cool, I'll go hang out with someone and brainstorm!' --- During my degree, I had done my entire dissertation on co-working spaces and marketing them, so I had a lot of the background work and I was just refining it every week on competitor analysis, financial forecasting and what my executive summary would look like.
Read more about how Alicia has used her degree to launch her business idea for co-working spaces through Essex Startups.
I chose Essex for the positive reputation it has, not only in its high rankings but also of general opinion from previous students. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere of Essex is great because, being an international student, there are many new obstacles and challenges that can be overwhelming at times. However, with the amount of networks available like Student Support and the Advice Centre, you’ll always have support if you need it. And, with plenty of student activities, shops, restaurants and the gym, you’ll never feel out of place and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make friends here.
The University of Essex is proving to be the best choice I could have made. I’m having an amazing time with my studies, meeting awesome people and gaining a new cultural experience!
Lori Cantwell BA Film and Creative Writing
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Tim Pilkington United States country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828