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Study abroad

Incoming students

Incoming students

We welcome students for study abroad at Essex, offering you a friendly, supportive and academically challenging environment for a term or a year. You will find study abroad extremely worthwhile and enjoyable, both socially and educationally.

Many of our undergraduate courses offer a study abroad option allowing you to spend a year at a partner university across the world, including in Europe, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. Study abroad takes place in the third-year of your degree before returning to Essex for your fourth year.

As well as being a fantastic experience, study abroad enhances your employability and widens your opportunities after graduation. A period of study abroad on your CV tells employers that you are mature, adaptable, organised and independent.

Although many of our partner universities teach in English, study abroad can also be an ideal opportunity to enhance existing language skills in addition to immersing yourself in a new cultural environment.

For study abroad placements where teaching is not in English, entry onto the course requires you to have an 'A' grade at A-level or be fluent in the language of instruction. Additional support in Italian, Spanish or German is available before undertaking your study abroad placement.

Planning your study abroad

You will be helped and supported throughout the first two years of your course while you plan your study abroad. This includes meetings organised by our School and Essex Abroad, as well as a reception with our returning students.

  • Essex Abroad holds information sessions for first-year students during the autumn term and ongoing drop-in sessions for advice on the suitability of individual universities.
  • Essex Abroad has peer advisors to help plan your year abroad.
  • You may be able to meet with exchange students from the country you are visiting, who are spending their period of study abroad at Essex, to get their personal accounts of their home campuses and the differences between the British education system and their own.
  • We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.

Progressing to your year abroad

To meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the study abroad programme, your 1st year mark must be 50% or above. A mark of 50% allows you to study abroad but please be aware that some of our partner universities have an entry criteria that requires a higher 1st year mark.

Students are permitted to carry up to 30 failed credits in non-core/compulsory modules and be eligible to study abroad.

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