Some of our current students tell you about their experiences so far. You
can also read our
graduate profiles and see
what our students have gone on to do after their time at Essex.
Joshua Fanner, second-year BA European Studies with
chose to study at Essex because the university ranks well for my course, I
had heard good reports and I fell in love with the beauty of certain aspects
of the campus, such as the way it mixes 60s architecture with the nature.
“All of the modules are thoroughly enjoyable; partially owing to the
degree of autonomy I have had when coming to choose my modules. If I did not
fancy a certain module then I did not have to take it. This will certainly
benefit me in the long run since it has enabled me to develop my adaptation
“One of my favourite modules was ‘Europe: Myth and Idea’, for it was
truly interdisciplinary in nature, it was not merely constrained to one area
but encompassed everything from art history to politics via philosophy.
“I am a member of many of the political focused clubs or societies on
campus and one of the best things is that the politics society and
respective political parties often have guest speakers.
“My top tip for Freshers coming to Essex would be to make the most of it;
study enough but don’t study too much. You are meant to have some fun too.”
Eleonora Gajdosova, second-year BA European Studies and
chose to study at Essex because it ranks highly in the fields of European
culture and history. Moreover, the modern language teachers are all native
speakers or bilingual, so the quality of the teaching is extremely high. I
wanted to strengthen my English skills, experience studying abroad and gain
an international perspective on European affairs.
“As my course is interdisciplinary, I have the advantage of being able to
choose modules from a wide range of different areas. My language modules are
highly interactive, which gives everybody in class the opportunity to
improve their oral skills. I have found my sociology modules really
interesting as they incorporate elements of immigration, ethnicity and
citizenship. These modules have helped me realise that I would like to
pursue a Masters course in this field.
“Being president of the Czechoslovak Society has enhanced my public
speaking skills and given me the confidence to try new things. My friends
and I were founding members of the Society, as we wanted to unify students
from both countries and enjoy our respective cultures here at Essex.”
Oliver Butts, third-year BA European Studies
“I chose to study at Essex because of its excellent academic reputation
and the great variety of modules on offer. The prospect of a year abroad in
Europe was incredibly alluring and was fundamental in my decision to choose
BA European Studies.
“Settling into life at Essex was very easy, especially after moving in
with several new flatmates and joining sports clubs and societies during
Freshers’ Week. Academically, the staff put in a lot of effort to help you
acclimatise and progress. I believe any student will be taken great care of
by the Centre.
“I have also been able to study a wide range of modules and, in
particular, the politics and history ones have been really interesting. I am
sure a career that enables me to travel within Europe and allows me to keep
in touch with modern political developments is exactly what I’m after, and I
believe my degree from Essex will be able to provide me with the skills and
experiences that I need.”
Maria Lindelien, third-year BA European Studies with
“Coming to Essex has been a great decision! It’s offered exactly the
right modules and subject areas that I wanted to study and the compact,
friendly campus is excellent. Settling in was surprisingly very easy and I
have enjoyed every year so far. Academically, I have coped well and, even
though the subjects I am studying are varied and interdisciplinary, I am
very happy with how I have progressed. I am going to Madrid very soon to
study abroad and I’m really looking forward to it; I’m sure it will be an
BA European Studies at the University of Essex
Dr Caspar Pearson, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre,
talks about European Studies at the University of Essex.