Students Staff

Study abroad

All of our undergraduate courses have a year abroad option. You spend the year before the final year of your degree at one of our many partner universities throughout the world. Your study at the overseas institution counts towards your final degree grade. Many study abroad placements do not require knowledge of a foreign language.

Studying abroad enhances your employability. A period of study abroad on your CV tells employers that you are mature, adaptable, organised and independent. It can enhance your learning and widen your opportunities upon graduation. is the UK's biggest network of students who are going to study or work abroad during their degree. They provide advice and information about living, studying and working in another country, with tips from students and recommendations about what to do and where to go whilst you're away.

Life-changing experience

Essex Abroad is for the go-getters, the jet-setters, the explorers and adventurers. Get a glimpse of this life-changing experience, develop a genuine world view and prepare for life as a global citizen.

Planning your study abroad

At Essex you will be helped and supported throughout your first and second years while you will plan your study abroad.

  • We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.
  • Essex Abroad holds information sessions for first-year students during the Autumn Term and there are ongoing drop-in sessions giving advice on the suitability of individual universities.
  • Final-year students who have just returned to Essex provide first-hand accounts of the ups and downs of their experiences.
  • There may be exchange students at Essex from the country you are visiting. They will be able to give you first-hand accounts of their home campuses and explain the differences between the British education system and their own.
  • Our Students' Union has a Year Abroad Society, which provides peer advice and support.
  • The organisation Third Year Abroad have produced a year abroad survival guide video.