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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.

Application information

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

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 plus High School Graduation Diploma with GPA 3.0

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 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 pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

Scholarships and funding

Our Americas Regional Scholarship scheme offers £3,000 scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students from the United States. Please visit the links above for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £2,000 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 above for further details about eligibility.

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

Please visit our Fees and Funding pages for information about additional funding opportunities.

Meet us in the US

September - October 2020

Idealist Grad Fairs (TBC)

October 2020

NACAC National College Fairs in Chicago, Orlando and Washington DC

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Chat with our students and staff

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
£3,000 scholarships available through our Americas Regional Scholarship
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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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! 
Jonathan Hendry BA EUROPEAN STUDIES AND POLITICS (WITH YEAR ABROAD)
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 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