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Study Abroad at essex

Study Abroad Programme

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Experience Essex with us

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

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Study abroad at Essex

Gap year at Essex

Taking some time off after high school before starting university or entering the world of work? Spend your gap year at Essex, and experience university life the Essex way

Take first-year undergraduate modules across our academic department, and earn university credit while you explore everything Essex has to offer.

Undergraduate study abroad

Spend part of your undergraduate degree studying abroad at Essex and join our international community of original thinkers.

Whether you’re trying something new, or gaining a new perspective in your major field of study, our flexible module choices allow you to build an academic programme that works for you.

Postgraduate study abroad

Spend a term or year of your postgraduate degree at Essex, gaining expert knowledge, skills and experience that will set you apart from the crowd.

Explore new areas of study or gain mastery in your field, with both undergraduate and postgraduate modules available to you.

Did you know that you can get two Masters degrees in two years? Take a look at the dual award options we offer.


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.

Course structure  

You can study abroad at Essex for a term or year:

  • Autumn Term (October-December)
  • Spring/Summer Terms (January-June)
  • Academic Year (October-June)
  • Calendar Year (January-December)

Full year students must take 120 Essex Credits, which is usually eight modules. Teaching takes place in the Autumn and Spring terms; in the Summer term, there will be some teaching, revision classes, and exams for all of your modules.

Term-only students must take 60 Essex Credits, which is usually four modules. All teaching and assessments will take place during the term you are at Essex, and exams are held at the end of each term.

*all students must be fully enrolled at Essex

Term dates can be found on our Academic Calendar.

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. You can study at either our Colchester or Southend campus, but you aren't able to study at both campuses.

Double check if you modules have any pre-requisites - you will need to demonstrate via your transcript that you have already completed similar modules at your home university.

*Gap year applicants must take first-year undergraduate modules

Departmental Study Abroad Officers (DSAOs)

Each department has a dedicated Departmental Study Abroad Officer (DSAO) 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.

Events and Hospitality Management Programme

Spend a year studying Events Management or Hospitality Management at our pioneering Edge Hotel School and develop your industry knowledge and professional skills by combining academic study with hands-on work experience.

Our bespoke study abroad programme has been developed by leaders in the field to ensure you have the confidence, experience and skills employers are looking for.

As part of the Events and Hospitality Management Study Abroad Programme, you will work in Wivenhoe House, the 4* hotel located on our Colchester Campus, putting theory into practice and gaining invaluable industry experience.

If you want to be challenged, if you want to gain the skills you need to succeed, if you want to make industry connections and get ahead, welcome home.

Course structure

Our programme follows the Edge Hotel degree courses, meaning you will join a cohort of Essex students currently on the degree course, and experience everything our Edge Hotel School has to offer. Depending on your previous academic background, you will follow either the first or second year of the degree programme, we welcome applicants with all levels of experience in the hospitality and events management sectors.

If you have little or no experience in the industry, Year One of our Events Management or Hospitality Management programme is for you. If you currently study within a relevant field, Year Two of our Events Management or Hospitality Management programme is the one for you.

The Events and Hospitality Management Study Abroad Programme runs from October to June. This programme is not available as a term-only option.

The academic year consists of up to 21 weeks of teaching, 8 weeks working in the hotel and 2 weeks self-study, in addition to your holidays.

During a teaching week you will spend around 9 hours in lectures, or smaller seminars. During a working week you will spend 4 or 5 days on shift, Monday – Sunday, gaining experience and applying the academic theory from your lectures. You will receive your work schedule at the beginning of term.

Additional costs

Please note, all students will be required to purchase Wivenhoe House uniform for their work placements. This will cost £250, and you will be sent more information about how to order your uniform once accepted on to the programme.


University accommodation is guaranteed for study abroad students at Essex.

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 single en-suite rooms, iconic 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, with shared kitchen facilities and the option of en-suite or shared bathrooms. 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.

*Gap year students are required to live in University 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.

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 five 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.


Tuition fees

Academic year 2019-20 EU students Non-EU students
Autumn term  £4,150  £5,150 
Spring / summer term  £5,100  £7,100 
Academic year  £9,250 £12,250 

Academic year 2020-21 EU students Non-EU students
Autumn term  £4,150  £5,410 
Spring / summer term  £5,100  £7,455 
Academic year  £9,250  £12,865 

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.

Scholarship opportunity

In partnership with Universities UK International (UUKi), QS MoveON is proud to announce the Stand Out scholarship. This is a new scholarship exclusively for student exchange between UK and EU universities during the calendar year 2019 and 2020. With the uncertainty created by Brexit, this scholarship is our first step towards ensuring that UK and EU students continue to enjoy the life-changing opportunities offered by Erasmus and other exchange programs. Five recipients will receive a scholarship of up to €4,500.

How to apply 

Our application for fee-paying students to study abroad at Essex in 2020/21 is now open. Applications can be made via our online portal.

If you are an exchange student, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/study-abroad/incoming-students/exchange-programme for further information.

Application Deadlines
  • For Autumn entry, apply by 31 May
  • For Spring entry, apply by 1 November
Supporting documents

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload digital copies of:

  • A colour copy of your official academic transcript, in English
  • A colour copy of your English language certificate, issued within the last 5 years (if English is not your first language)
  • A colour copy of the picture page of your passport
  • A personal statement outlining why you are interested
  • Details of any previous UK visas

You may also be asked to provide:

  • A letter of recommendation from a professor, in English, on university letterhead and signed in pen

*Gap year applicants must upload a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance councillor

In your application, you will be asked to tentatively select your modules for you time at Essex. There will be a chance to meet with the departments to discuss your module choices, and make any changes once you’ve arrived at Essex.

ISEP Direct students

If you are applying through ISEP Direct, after your application has been accepted on the ISEP portal, you will be contacted by Essex Abroad to complete our application.

Additional information

We are committed to ensuring that every student can feel safe and secure no matter what their circumstances. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Essex Abroad office if you would like to discuss your individual needs.

Health, wellbeing and disability

Our student support services have a wide range of resources to support you throughout your studies at Essex. There is a space on our application form for you to disclose any disability, health condition, mental health condition or learning needs that you would like to make us aware of. We will then put you in touch with our student support team, who will work with you to ensure you are fully supported while at Essex.

Anything you tell us will be treated in confidence and will not affect your study abroad application. We cannot share this information with your family, host institution or other external party without your permission.

Information about the mental and emotional health support available can be found on our website.

For information about accessibility on campus and support services for students with disabilities or learning difficulties, please see our website.

Under 18

If you will be under 18 when you start your studies at Essex, our student support team offers additional support to help you adjust to university life. Take a look at their website for more information about the resources available to you.

Students under the age of 18 are required to live in University accommodation. You can choose from a range of accommodation options, including a room in a single gender flat.

The Residence Life team provides support for all students living in accommodation and this includes students who are under 18. You will be allocated a Residents’ Assistant who is a senior student who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns ‘out of hours’.

Students with dependents

If you are studying with us and have a family with you, there is a wide range of information, support and advice available.

Some helpful resources can be found on our students with children and dependants of international students pages.

Students with dependents are encouraged to email Essex Abroad to get more information about support services and accommodation options.

What our students say...

"My time at Essex has been great; I have so many new friends. The social life is really good and there are many options for spending your free time. I like the fact that the campus is like a little town - almost everything you need is right here. Meeting new people from all over the world will always be an important memory of my time here." 
Elina Hölttä erasmus+ exchange, finland 
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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.

Download our study abroad prospectus
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