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Eligibility and how to apply

Eligibility for study abroad

In order to be eligible for a year/term abroad you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 50% average 1st year mark

    Study Abroad places are competitively allocated based on your 1st year mark and you will need to obtain at least 50% average 1st year mark in order to be eligible for Study Abroad programme. The higher the mark, the higher is your chance to go to your preferred destination and University.

  • You are allowed to carry maximum of 30 credit non-core fails.

    You are not allowed to fail a core module in your first or second year.

    If you fail up to a maximum of 30 credits non-core module(s) in your second year, there are several options for you.

    • If you fail your course-work, you will be allowed to undertake your re-assessment during the summer period.
    • If you fail your exam and your period of studies commences after the re-sit period (usually at the beginning of September), you will need to take your re-sits at Essex before going abroad.
    • If you fail your exam and your period of studies commences before the re-sit period (usually at the beginning of September), you may be allowed to defer your re-assessment (exam) until you come back from you year abroad (usually in September after completion of your year abroad). You may be also allowed to take your exam at a British Council exam centre

    Read the rules of assessment for more information and come to speak to Essex Abroad office if you have any questions about this.

  • No serious academic and disciplinary offences (in both 1st and 2nd year)

    If you have been committed of an academic offence such as plagiarism or false authorship, this could affect the progression of your studies and therefore impede your ability to study abroad.

    Committing a disciplinary offence can also affect your right to undertake a period of study abroad or affect the countries in which you are permitted to study. You may be prohibited from studying abroad if you have been convicted of a serious offence such as:

    • Conviction of a criminal offence
    • Using, selling or possessing within the University any controlled drug
    • Exhibiting threatening, intimidating or violent behaviour

    Essex Abroad will liaise with the University of Essex Proctor with regards to offences which have been committed.

    Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct for more information and speak to Essex Abroad regarding any restrictions that may be imposed on you.

  • Successful completion of online learning moodle modules (during your 2nd year)

    Our online learning moodle modules will equip you with additional knowledge about the year abroad, finances, cultural awareness as well as other useful topics. We will e-mail you the link to these online modules before the application for the Year Abroad opens on 1st of December 2017.

  • Attendance at the pre-departure conference (during your 2nd year)

    Pre-departure conference is where you get to meet your fellow Year Abroad students, learn about what final preparations you should consider before going abroad, learn about insurance, how to stay healthy and safe as well as about additional topics you may not yet have considered. Many sessions are delivered by our returning students who will share their top tips with you. The pre-departure conference is open for 2nd year students who are going abroad in their 3rd year and it will take place on 5th of May 2017.

Language requirements

Although a small number of study abroad destinations require knowledge of another language, the majority don't.

If you're studying a modern languages degree then you will have to take classes in local languages. This may also be a requirement for students of European studies or Latin American studies. You can check your language requirements with your departmental Study Abroad Officer or your language coordinator in the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

When you'll go

If you'd like to study abroad for a term, you will normally apply to go in the Autumn Term of your third year.

If you're studying abroad for a year, you will normally spend your third year abroad, returning to complete your degree in your fourth year.

Information sessions

Sessions will provide essential information about year abroad options and pre-departure preparations. Upcoming briefings are available on Essex Abroad EventBrite page where you can book your place. Please note places are limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to apply

The application portal for studying/working abroad in 2018-19 is open from 1st of December 2017 and will close on 31 January 2018 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted. If you're a current second year student and you haven't made an application, but would like to study abroad in your third year, you'll need to come speak to a member of the team or email

After you have applied

Before going abroad, you'll need to:

  • complete two Moodle modules
  • attend the Pre-Departure Conference (planned for 5th of May 2018)