Study Abroad at essex

Study Abroad Programme

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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 Programme overview

Course structure

You will be expected to take the same workload as a degree student at Essex throughout your time studying abroad 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 exams 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.

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 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, 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, 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.

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.

Fees and funding

Non-EU students


  • Full year: £12,250
  • Autumn Term only: £5,150
  • Spring and Summer Terms only: £7,100


  • Full year: £12,865
  • Autumn Term only: £5,410
  • Spring and Summer Terms only: £7,455

EU students


  • Full year: £9,250
  • Autumn Term only: £4,150
  • Spring and Summer Terms only: £5,100


  • Full year: £9,250
  • Autumn Term only: £4,150
  • Spring and Summer Terms only: £5,100

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 

Incoming Study Abroad students

Applications can be made via our online portal.

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.

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 also be asked to provide digital copies of your supporting documents:

  • a colour copy of your official transcript, in English
  • a colour copy of your English language certificate, issued within the last 2 years (if English is not your first language)
  • 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 may also be asked to provide:

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

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.

What our students say...

"I feel like a member of Essex, although for the first weeks I did get a little lost around the campus! I like the close relationship between teachers and students, it's different to my home University. I am able to meet with my teachers before handing in assignments and get advice from them. My First semester passed so quickly but I've had a really great time at Essex."
Misako Niiyama Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan 2017
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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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Essex Abroad For more information about the Study Abroad Programme at Essex
Telephone: +441206 873913