Study Abroad

Study at Essex Programme

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

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Programme overview

Course structure

For part of your study abroad period, you will be expected to take the same workload as a degree student at Essex.

Full year students

You will typically study eight modules totalling 120 Essex credits (four in the Autumn Term and four in the Spring Term).Teaching takes place during the Autumn and Spring Terms, with revision classes and final examinations during the Summer Term. The examination period is mid-May to mid-June. You're able to leave once you have taken your last examination but you will have to pay for your accommodation for the whole year.

Part year students

You will typically study four modules totalling 60 Essex credits in the Autumn Term. All of your assessments, including the written examinations, will take place during this time.If you're joining us in the Spring Term, you're expected to complete your studies in June. During the Summer Term, you will have examinations for your Spring Term modules.

Term dates

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

  • Autumn Term: October to December
  • Spring Term: January to March
  • Summer Term: April to June


Our module directory lists the modules we offer. 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.

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.

Additional modules:Talent Development Centre

SK202, British Society and Culture provides a comprehensive introduction to Britain, including politics, media, culture, philosophy, art, literature, film, music and theatre.

Undergraduate Writing Skills for the Humanities and Social Sciences is specifically designed to help you master the requirements of academic writing at university, this practical course will help you through every stage of assignment writing and help you produce your best work.

Entry Requirements

English language

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

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.


How to apply 


There are different application processes for students from our partner universities (exchange students) and international visiting students (study abroad students).

Incoming exchange students

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.

Incoming study abroad students

Applications can be made via our online portal. This is for students who are not visiting Essex under a student exchange 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 also be asked to provide digital copies of your supporting documents:

  • a colour copy of your official transcript, in English
  • proof of English language proficiency, usually in the form of an 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
  • a learning agreement or training agreement (if needed under an Erasmus+ agreement)

You will also be asked to tentatively select your modules for your time at Essex.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

Essex is proud to be a member of ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs). We accept both ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct applicants for Autumn, Spring, Academic Year and Calendar Year. We are also a proud member of ISEP for All, offering students from any accredited higher education institution the chance to study abroad at Essex. More information about ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct can be found on the ISEP website.

Skills support

Developing your skills

You can also enhance your English language competency while studying with us:

Languages for all

If you're studying with us for a full academic year, there are a range of ways to learn a language at Essex available.


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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

If you're a student at one of our partner universities (.pdf) or your university has an Erasmus+ agreement with us, you won't have to pay tuition fees to Essex.

Please note: You must be studying in the discipline in which the Erasmus+ agreement is held in order to be eligible. If you're not a student at a partner university or Erasmus+ student then our tuition fees are as follows:

Non-EU Students


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


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

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

Loyalty discount

If you enjoy studying here and want to return in the future, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on the tuition fee for the first year of your Masters degree with our loyalty discount.


When you 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.


Students here for a full year

If you're here for a full 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 on the page above. 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.

Students here for a term

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


Your university accommodation

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. Over 59% of accommodation has en-suite facilities. 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.

Find out more about our university student residences.

Off-campus accommodation

We can't advise you on off-campus 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.