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Campus visits

students touring the campus

A pre-16 school group during a campus visit.

Campus visits aren’t your average campus experience. Our aim is to give your students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an undergraduate student.

We have tailored programmes for both pre-16 school groups, and post-16 sixth form and college students.

Our campus visit days are large scale events on selected dates throughout the academic year. We invite schools to book up to 40 students per school and can accommodate five schools per date.

2017-18 campus visit dates


  • Tuesday 23 January
    Closing date: Monday 27 November
  • Tuesday 15 May
    Closing date: Friday 2 February
  • Thursday 14 June
    Closing date: Monday 16 April

You will receive a response within a few days of the closing date



  • Tuesday 13 March
    Closing date: Monday 8 January
  • Monday 16 April
    Closing date: Monday 22 January
  • Tuesday 22 May
    Closing date: Friday 2 February

You will receive a response within a few days of the closing date



  • Friday 2 March
    Closing date: Monday 8 January

You will receive a response within a few days of the closing date


Typical itinerary

The campus visit day programme runs from 9.45am to 2.30pm and includes the following elements:

  • Introduction

    An introductory presentation tailored to match the stage students are at, from initial thoughts about 'Why go to university' to understanding about the ins and outs of 'student life'. This session also incorporates our 'student panel' giving your students the opportunity to ask our specially trained student ambassadors about their own experiences of studying at university level.

  • Tours

    Campus and accommodation tours; current students will take groups around the University for a guided tour. Students are given the opportunity to look around the campus, see inside our fantastic facilities and experience our student accommodation (if available).

  • Pre-16 taster sessions

    For year groups 7-11 your students will have the opportunity to experience a subject taster with our PhD students from academic departments across Essex. Taster sessions will vary depending on availability but will range from sessions in marine biology, banking and finance, criminology or psychology.

  • Post-16 skills sessions

    For sixth form and college groups we have designed skills sessions designed to develop your students' awareness of the key skills that underpin independent learning ready for university. Skills sessions will vary depending on availability but may include:

    • revision and exam techniques
    • how to skim read and take notes effectively
    • study skills and learning styles
    • how to reference

  • Lunch

    Students will be allocated a 30 minute lunch break to maximise our time spent delivering a great programme of activities. Due to the size of the events, we ask that all students bring a packed lunch with them.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a campus visit date please click here

Ad-hoc campus visits

We are able to run a limited number of ad-hoc campus visits for year 12 students. Please email us at outreach@essex.ac.uk with the number of students and proposed dates and we will get back to you as soon as possible as to whether we can accommodate the dates you require.

Visits to schools and colleges

We frequently travel to schools and colleges around the UK to give information and deliver talks on different aspects of university, generally to students in years 9 to 13.