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University of Essex

Location: Colchester, England, UK
WebsiteUniversity of Essex (see Information for Exchange Students)
Virtual tour: Colchester campus tour 

Language of instruction: English
Note: English proficiency requirement for exchange students whose first language is not English is as  follows:

  • CEFR – B2
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL 76 overall, with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Listening 21
  • Speaking 23
  • Writing 21

Essex will accept an IELTS or TOEFL certificate as proof of a student’s English ability. 

Terms: Autumn term (October - December), spring term (January - late June)


  • The main campus of the University of Essex is situated on more than 200 acres of beautiful parkland, is two miles from the centre of Colchester and 45 minutes from London by train, and is 30 minutes from the seaside.
  • The University of Essex, with more than 8000 students studying at its three campuses, is the most internationally diverse university in the UK.
  • Colchester offers many historic sites and buildings and the surrounding countryside of the region has been the inspiration for many artists throughout history.
  • Support for student equality, diversity and inclusion.

Area of study

  • Art History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Film and Theatre Studies
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Course catalogue

 Module directory

Exchange credit history

See the exchange credit history listing of courses that have been previously evaluated from the University of Essex. Note that this is a guide only, and not a guarantee that your courses would be evaluated in the same way.


  • On-campus housing: Guaranteed for full year students and may be available for one term students. The university offers a range of cluster style residences. Further details are available on the Accommodation Services website.
  • Off-campus housing: Available

Medical Insurance, Immigration & Arrival

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