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English Plus Programme

The English Plus Programme allows you to combine both English language studies and a semester of study in the same programme. It will help improve your English language skills and develop your knowledge of British culture, while studying a full term credit load.

This is a standalone programme which means you will be visiting us on one visa for the entire duration.

If you would like any more information before applying, please complete our enquiry form.

You will have the same workload as a degree student at Essex. This is typically four modules totalling 60 Essex credits for part year students, broken up into the following dates:

  • April - October: 15 weeks of English language study
  • October - December: 10 weeks of study across our departments in modules from our first and second year of undergraduate study

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 module: British Society and Culture

You can opt to take module SK202, British Society and Culture. This module provides a comprehensive introduction to Britain, including politics, media, culture, philosophy, art, literature, film, music and theatre.

Postgraduate (taught) modules

If you would like to join this programme as a postgraduate student, please email

Entry requirements

Our current entry requirements for the English Plus Programme is an IELTS score of 5.0 in all components. If you're a non-EU student, you will need a UKVI IELTS score of 5.0 in all components.

Academic requirements

We don't have any academic entry requirements, you'll just need to send us a recent transcript of your results.

How to apply

Please contact us to access the application link.

Application deadline

The deadline for 2017-18 study is 20 March 2017.

Supporting documents

As well as filling in the relevant forms you will also be asked to provide digital copies of your supporting documents:

  • a copy of your transcript
  • English language certificate (if English is not your first language)
  • a copy of the information page of your passport
  • a copy of one of the following: learning agreement, training agreement or research plan (the learning agreement will be sent to you by Essex Abroad)
  • one reference letter from an academic at your home university

The fees for the programme are £11,650 for 2017-18.

You should also consider the cost of living when you're studying abroad.