Essex Abroad gives you the opportunity to study or work for a term or a full year at one of study abroad partner institutions around the globe. You have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture and develop your independence, adaptability and cultural awareness - enormous advantages when you enter the global job market. It will give you a fresh perspective of the world and your subject and is a 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.
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 friends I made, places I saw, and everything I did during my year makes it the best experience of my life."
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 as a person, as well as greatly benefiting her degree.
Nerifa tells us how studying abroad in Prague has not only helped her expand her knowledge in her field, she has also been able to build her independence in an entirely new culture.
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.
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."
If studying abroad doesn't float your boat, why not try a work placement?
Some degrees offer the opportunity to work in an organisation for an agreed amount of time to gain experience and develop professional skills to make you stand out from the crowd when you’re applying for jobs.