Undergraduate study

Study Abroad

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Satisfy your wanderlust

If you’ve got the Essex spirit of adventure, you’re probably as crazy about travel as we are. You can study abroad for a full academic year, or term, as part of your Essex degree.

Why study abroad?

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to study or work for a term or a full year at one of our partner institutions around the globe. For a full year studying abroad, your degree will extend to four years, with your third year spent studying abroad. 

You have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture and develop your independence and cultural awareness - all of which are enormous advantages when you enter the global job market. It will give you a fresh perspective of the world and your subject, whilst offering you the chance to experience a different educational system.

We have over 150 study abroad partner institutions throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the pacific and North and South America.

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Every year we award over £500,000 in grants and scholarships. You could study for a term or a year at a partner university, undertake a language teaching assistantship, or a work placement overseas. The Turing Scheme provides funding for students who are studying or undertaking an international experience through studying abroad, participating in a traineeship or work placement abroad as well as short term programmes. We are delighted that we have secured Turing Scheme funding for 2023-24. 


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"The friends I made, places I saw, and everything I did during my year makes it the best experience of my life."
Ben Butterworth LLB Law

Marissa's study abroad experience in Milan

Showing us the beauty of the Duomo Di Milano and guiding us down winding streets to the open space of Park Sempione, Marissa tells us how her studies in Milan have transformed her personally, as well as greatly benefiting her degree.


Nerifa's study abroad experience in Prague

Nerifa tells us how studying abroad in Prague not only helped her expand her knowledge in her field, she has also been able to build her independence in an entirely new culture.

Jack and Virgil’s study abroad experience in Konstanz

Meet Jack and Virgil on their study abroad year in Konstanz. Taking time out from swimming in lake Konstanz and exploring the Swiss border, they tell us how this year has improved their academic, as well as their personal development.

Coralie and Juan's study abroad experience in Lyon

Meet Coralie and Juan on their study abroad year in Lyon. Indulge in the inspiring sights of Lyon and immerse yourself in the French culture as they explain how living in this new academic and social world has been invaluable for their degrees.

"For my placement year, I chose to head to the island of Samos, Greece, to join the Archipelago conservation team and put what I've learnt from my marine biology degree into practice. I've had the chance to take part in an array of conservation activities, from fish population studies to data collection of turtles and dolphin strandings. I have also been attending two Greek language lessons a week to help immerse myself in the local culture. This marine conservation placement year is an exceptional experience. I would definitely recommend taking a placement year in order to enrich your degree and to get the most you can from your university experience."
Emma Ward BSc Marine Biology

Is language a concern?

We have you covered.

Through our award-winning Languages for All programme, Essex students are entitled to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost for one year. Depending on which campus, students can choose from a wide range of languages including Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. This course is designed to equip you with essential language skills so you can live, study or work abroad for a short time.

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