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Study abroad

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See photos taken by our students during their time spent studying in Europe on our European studies Facebook page.

All undergraduate courses in European studies include a year of study abroad, which is available at universities across Europe. After study abroad, you will be able to present future employers with evidence of a capacity for inter-cultural understanding, self-reliance and independence.

Planning your study abroad

You will be helped and supported throughout your first and second years when you will plan your study abroad.

  • Essex Abroad hold information sessions for first-year students during the autumn term and ongoing drop-in sessions for advice on the suitability of individual universities.
  • Our European studies course director can offer advice on your choice of modules.
  • Final-year students who have just returned provide first-hand accounts of the ups and downs of their experiences.
  • You may be able to meet with European exchange students spending their period of study abroad at Essex, to get their personal accounts of their home campuses and the differences between the British and European education systems.
  • We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.

Study abroad student profile

Elina Praakel, BA European Studies with German

“I wanted to study at a university which offered a high-level of education and was close to London. Essex was perfect for both of these requirements. I found getting used to university life to be quite easy as it was not hard to meet new people and make friends. The best way to settle in was definitely to join different societies and be active. One of my favourite modules I have taken so far has been the History of the Cold War but the modules I have taken on politics and languages will also be particularly useful for a future career.

“I spent my third year abroad at the University of Trier in the west of Germany and I had a great time. I studied several different and interesting modules, and even got a chance to study some subject areas which I wouldn’t have been able to at Essex. I travelled a lot in Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, and met a lot of new people with whom I am still good friends with today. I spent a whole year in Germany so it gave me a great chance to practice my German language skills and I was able to immerse myself in the German culture and lifestyle. I lived on campus accommodation which was just a ten minute walk from the university. My accommodation was also in a perfect position, located on a green hill with excellent views.

“Being on a year abroad is definitely an excellent opportunity that I would strongly recommend for other students. By getting to know another culture and language you also learn a lot about yourself and being away from family and friends makes you appreciate them more and, most importantly, makes you a more mature and independent individual.”

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.


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Frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Want to know more about European Studies? Our student profiles allow you to hear students and alumni talk about their experiences of our interdisciplinary courses and the world of possibility they open up.