Exchange Programme

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Fancy the flexibility of studying multiple disciplines across our departments, and engaging with cutting edge research? Our Exchange Programme enables you to do this. Plus we're offering a wide range of activities to enhance your student experience.

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Exchange Programme overview

Course structure

As an exchange student at Essex, you will be expected to take the same workload as a degree student at Essex.

Full year students

You will typically study eight modules totaling 120 Essex credits. These are usually split equally, four modules in our Autumn term, and four modules in our Spring term. Teaching takes place during the Autumn and Spring Terms, with revision classes and final exam during the Summer term. The exam period is mid-May to mid-June. You are able to leave once you have taken your last exam, but you will be committed to your accommodation contract for the full academic year.

Term-only students

You will typically study four modules totaling 60 Essex credits. If you are studying with us in the Autumn term, all of your assessments, including written exams, will take place during this time. If you're studying with us in our Spring and Summer terms, your exams for your Spring term modules will take place in the Summer term.

Term dates

The academic year at Essex is divided into three terms of ten weeks:

  • Autumn Term: October to December
  • Spring and Summer Terms: January to June

Entry requirements

English language

If you are non-native speaker of English, we accept the following English language certificates:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5. in each component; or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score 76 with 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing

Certificates must have been issued within two years of your application to Essex.

If you do not meet our language requirements, or would like to improve your English before studying abroad at Essex, we offer a wide range of Pre-sessional English language courses taught by University of Essex International College (a Kaplan International Pathways college).

Academic requirements

You must be in a good academic standing at your home institution. Please check the modules you would like to take at Essex for any pre-requisites.


We're flexible at Essex. You're not restricted to study within one department, you can explore new areas of study across multiple departments and build your own academic programme.

Please note that if you visit us under the Erasmus+ programme, you must be studying in the academic discipline in which the Erasmus+ agreement is held.

Module directory

Our module directory lists the modules we offer.

To search for available modules, search for 'Incoming Essex Abroad' and select the department you are interested in.

Read the explanation of our module codes before you make your selection. When you look at the details of a particular module, it will tell you whether or not the module is available to you as a study abroad student. All modules you select must be credit bearing modules and suitable for your current level of study. Be aware that you can study at either our Colchester or Southend campus, but you aren't able to to study at both campuses.

If you're interested in a module that has pre-requisites, you will need to demonstrate via your transcript that you have already followed and completed modules with a similar subject content at your home university.

Departmental Study Abroad Officers (DSAOs)

Each department has a dedicated Study Abroad Officer on hand to provide academic advice and assess your suitability for your chosen modules. For specific questions about module content, they're the ones to speak to.


University accommodation

If you are looking for the best university accommodation for you, then look no further. We offer a variety of exciting and comfortable accommodation choices, such as studios, single en-suite rooms, retro Towers, and Townhouses to suit all your needs. All this as well as a vibrant, inclusive campus for living and learning.

If you are offered accommodation, it will be in single study-bedroom which will normally be on-campus. The majority of the accommodation provided is in flats or houses and kitchen facilities are shared. It is possible to request a room in a single-sex flat or house and if you would prefer this, please tick the relevant box on the form that we send you.

Discover more about our student accommodation.

Off-campus (private) accommodation

The Students' Union provides a property finding service, SU Homes, which specialises in helping students secure local, private accommodation. All the properties they work with in Colchester are accredited by Colchester Borough Council. Options range from rooms in shared houses, to living with host families to letting an entire house.

Full year exchange

If you study abroad at Essex for a full academic year, you are eligible for University accommodation providing you apply by the accommodation deadline.

You don't need to apply through the main accommodation system, we'll send you an accommodation application form when you are accepted on the programme. Any preferences expressed on your application will be met where possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

Term-only exchange

You may be eligible for University accommodation, however spaces are very limited. Most applicants are required to find off-campus accommodation.


Fees and funding

If you are a student from one of our partner universities (.pdf), your university has an Erasmus+ agreement with us, or you're visiting us through ISEP Exchange, you won't have to pay tuition fees to Essex. Please note that if you visit us under the Erasmus+ programme, you must be studying in the academic discipline in which the Erasmus+ agreement is held in order to be eligible.

If you're a non-EU national, studying with us for more than six months, you may require a UK Tier 4 student visa. To apply for a UK Tier 4 student visa, you'll need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs. The amount of money you must have available for living expenses depends on the length of your course. You'll also need to ensure you budget enough money for living costs in addition to your tuition fees.

You may find information about the cost of living in Essex useful to plan your finances.

How to apply 

As an exchange student from one of our partner universities, you must first be nominated by your home university. Once we’ve received the list of nominees from our partners, we will send you the link to complete our application form. Please do not complete the application form for study abroad students as this is a separate programme.

If you are visiting us through ISEP Exchange, Essex Abroad will contact you with our application details after you are accepted to study at Essex. If your home university does not have an exchange partnership with Essex, you are welcome to study at Essex through our Study Abroad Programme.

Application deadline

  • For Autumn only and full academic year entry, apply by 31 May
  • For Spring/Summer only and calendar year entry, apply by 1 November

Supporting documents

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide digital copies of a number of important documents:

  • a colour copy of your official transcript, in English
  • proof of English language proficiency (if English is not your first language), usually in the form of an English language certificate, issued within the last 2 years
  • a colour copy of the information page of your passport
  • a personal statement outlining why you are interested in studying abroad at Essex
  • details of any previous UK Visa(s)

You will also be asked to tentatively select your modules for your time at Essex, but there will be time for you to make changes to your modules once you've arrived at Essex too.

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Download our study abroad prospectus

If you're thinking about studying at Essex as an exchange or study abroad student, have a look at what we have to offer.

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Essex Abroad For more information about the Exchange Programme at Essex
Telephone: +441206 872715