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GlobalPay for Students

Paying your fees by GlobalPay for Students bank transfer

University of Essex’s bank transfer platform is powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions.

The bank transfer and international online payment service allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to make a payment.

Payment is available to be processed in 40 different currencies.

How it works?

Benefits for you:

  • Intuitive, mobile friendly interface for a seamless payment experience
  • Pay international fees by bank transfer or online e-wallet
  • Convenient payment methods including AliPay, Ten Pay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort, etc.
  • No transaction charges from the University of Essex or Western Union Business Solutions
  • Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
  • Track your payment online step by step
  • Peace of mind that your full payment is received by the University of Essex
  • Multi language platform: French, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, Indonesian, English, Spanish and Hindi
  • Customer support service to help you in every step

Enter your details
PRID    
Date of birth
Day
Month
Year

International bank transfer and online payment options

Frequently asked questions

What is a PRID?

This is your own unique University reference number - it takes the form of 5 letters, always in CAPITALS, followed by 5 numbers, e.g. SMITH12345. It is displayed on all student registration cards and all accommodation invoices.

New undergraduates will be notified of their PRID in a "Personal Details Form", which is sent by the Undergraduate School mid-August onwards.

Security of the Essex web pages

As no credit/debit card information is used, security is not an issue with this system as no bank or card details are required to generate a deal. The deal document generated does not contain the student's name, PRID or date of birth.

What are the advantages of the system?

The advantages of using this system are:

  • It is cheaper than paying by credit card or by standard bank transfer from one currency to another
  • It provides a guaranteed exchange rate. A payment transfer "deal" is generated, valid for 72 hours, which is printed out and taken to your own local bank. As the payment is in your local currency, there are no additional bank transfer charges
  • The full payment amount will be received by the University of Essex
  • Online payment options available such as AliPay, TenPay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort
  • NO transaction charges from University of Essex or Western Union Business Solutions
  • Track your payment step by step
  • Multi language platform: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Indonesian, English, Spanish, Hindi and Japanese.
  • Customer support service to help you in every step

Troubleshooting

Once on the platform, use the back button on the bottom page and not the back button in your browser.

When is the payment made?

All deals made via the international bank transfer and online payment options will not be updated on our system until the payment has been made at the local bank, at which point the transfer from Western Union Business Solutions to the University takes place immediately. The creation of a "deal", valid for 72 hours, does not constitute payment.

Foreign language support

The platform is translated into several languages: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Indonesian, English, Spanish, Hindi and Japanese.

To translate text from these pages from English into a range of other languages, try Google's language tools.

Feedback

We are always looking at how the web payment system could be improved - as a user of this system, we would welcome any feedback you wish to make concerning the web payment pages. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email income@essex.ac.uk.

Contacts

If you have any questions about the payment of invoices, please contact income@essex.ac.uk. If you have any technical queries please contact Western Union Business Solutions.