Essex University is a public research university based in Essex, England. It is one of the original seven 'plate glass universities' founded between 1961 to 1965.
There is a high percentage of international students coming from around 140 countries to study at the university and a third of students from outside the United Kingdom. Around 14 per cent of students come from the rest of the European Union.
The courses available are grouped into three faculties: Humanities, Science and Health and Social Sciences. There are 20 different schools and departments within these three faculties.
The university has a number of partnerships with more than 100 higher education institutions from around the world in China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and Singapore.
The University has three campuses, namely Colchester Campus, Southend Campus and Loughton Campus.
Among the three campuses, the Colchester Campus is the largest and home to over 13,000 students from nearly 130 nations. Since 2010, Colchester Campus has housed a science and technology park, the Information Gateway. It is now home to more than 20 companies and the carbon neutral Essex Business School.
New full-time students on either Colchester or Southend campus are assured university-provided accommodation for their first year of study, as long as they apply within the specified time period.
The residences at Colchester campus are located between 3–15 minutes 'walk from the center of the campus, while the accommodation at Southend Campus is just a few minutes' walk from the main buildings.
Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 ranked Essex in the top 20 universities in the UK for the quality of its research and the top 5 for social sciences..
The University of Essex rates Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017), which means that the university has an outstanding educational experience. Also Essex is the top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019, mainstream universities)
Gold award for teaching: the highest possible standard.
The university provides financial assistance for international students to afford to study in the UK. Essex alumni receive additional benefits of a discount on the tuition fees. But, this is only valid for students enrolled in postgraduate courses.
Financial advice and help are offered to almost everyone facing difficulty. Furthermore, fully-funded doctoral studentships are also available. Some of the scholarships available for international students are:
The application has to be done online from the UCAS portal for undergraduate courses. The minimum Eligibility criteria for undergraduate courses is a qualification equivalent to the standard A-level of the UK. But the minimum scores may vary according to the course.
For admission in a postgraduate course, qualification of 2:2 or equivalent is required and the application should be done on the official website. GRE or GMAT scores are accepted.
Both undergraduate and postgraduate admissions require the following documents:
IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE are acceptable as language proofs. Minimum score requirements vary according to the course.
English Proficiency test score is compulsory for those students in whose native country English is not their first language. International students must demonstrate English Proficiency by submitting the test score of any of the following mentioned exams:
|Pearson Test of English||50 overall|
|Cambridge English Qualification (C1 advanced)
|ISE Level III & IV||Pass|
|Michigan English Test (ECPE)||750|
|GCSE/ O-Level English||Grade C or 4|
|Type of University||Public|
|Year of Establishment||1964|
The annual tuition fees for undergraduate courses is estimated to be around 16,050-18,730€ for a regular course. The approximate costs of living are mentioned in the table below:
|Annual tuition fees||£7,745-£13,418|
|Books and study material||£605|