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What our students say
Ginevra Floridi, Italy, BSc Economics
"There were many reasons I chose to study at Essex, mainly the
international reputation of the University and the high ranking
of the Department of Economics. I was
also attracted to the multiculturalism of the Colchester Campus
and excited by the prospect of meeting people from around the
world. I recently joined the Japanese Society and I’m now
learning conversational Japanese with the help of new friends!
Having directly experienced the stimulating environment of my
Department, I can see how the quality of its research positively
impacts the quality of teaching and access to academic
resources. During my first year I took advantage of the outside
module options and studied Introduction to International
Relations, which did not tie in directly with economics but
broadened my interest in related subjects and developed my
knowledge of international affairs. As a current third-year
student, I have focused on econometrics and mathematical
economics, as I believe the analytical skills I gain will prove
beneficial for a career as a demographer."
Swathi Kantharaja, India, MSc Computer Science
"I decided to study at Essex because of the University’s
reputation as being internationally diverse, as well as it being
one of the forerunners in the field of computer science offering
numerous combinations of modules. I wanted to study computer
science to further my prior knowledge and experience in the
area, especially as it is currently an extremely innovative
I really enjoyed living as part of a community on our
Colchester Campus; there was a really vibrant and friendly
atmosphere. The facilities on offer, especially in the library,
are state-of-the-art and helped immensely with my learning. I
also loved the surrounding areas, including the lake as this is
very beautiful. Finally, having a place such as the Happy Days
diner, which gave us somewhere to congregate and eat together
was really nice, and allowed me to see all of my friends
I feel that the various modules I have studied will prepare me
extremely well for working as a software developer as they are
all relevant to the present world. I really enjoyed my time at
Essex and would definitely recommend it to prospective students,
especially those who are considering studying abroad."
Ariel Vazquez Carranza, Mexico, MA Linguistic
Studies and PhD Sociolinguistics
"After doing my first degree in Mexico, I came to Essex for my
Masters because the modules offered as part of my course were
very appealing and I knew staff in the
Department of Language and Linguistics had worldwide
recognition for their work.
During my Masters at Essex, I learnt about the methodology of
conversation analysis and became hooked on this and its findings
on the organisation of talk, so decided to pursue a PhD and
investigate Spanish conversation with this methodology, as this
has not been done before. I received a grant, the Overseas
Research Award’s Scheme, as well as a University of Essex
postgraduate scholarship. Without this funding I would not have
been able to do my PhD.
Essex is the perfect university for my PhD studies since my
supervisor is an outstanding conversation analyst, as well as very
helpful and supportive of my work. What I enjoy most about being
here is the opportunity to learn new transferable skills and improve
my academic skills, as this will help me in my future career. I find
there is a good atmosphere for study at the Colchester Campus,
particularly because of the beautiful park in which the University
After graduating, I would like to find a job in academia and
continue my research in conversation analysis in Mexican Spanish."
Annie Bird, USA, LLM International Human Rights
LLM International Human Rights Law at Essex is the ideal
opportunity to expand your knowledge of the field and meet some
amazing people. I heard all this before I came here but, I must
say, graduate study at Essex has far surpassed my expectations.
One distinct advantage of Essex and the course is the community
that it creates. The setting really lends itself to building
relationships with your peers. Not only do we attend classes, talks
and other academic functions together but because we all live near
each other, we can get together socially too, which means we really
get to know one another. You leave Essex not only with colleagues
but friends from all over the world.
A second advantage is the breadth and depth of the teaching team.
The opportunity to spend a term in conversation with some of the
greatest minds in the field offers an unparalleled opportunity for
students to gain a unique perspective on key debates in human rights
- a chance that would be difficult to attain otherwise.
On a personal level, I have learned a great deal from the modules
on Law of Armed Conflict, Refugee Law, Law of Peacekeeping and
Criminal Law. What’s more, the University offers a number of
opportunities to apply knowledge outside of the classroom
representing Essex at the Jean-Pictet Competition of International
Humanitarian Law was the highlight of my year. In addition, due to
the selection of Essex for the UK-India Education Research
Initiative on Democracy and Children’s Rights, I am excited to be
able to conduct research on the impact of this conflict on children
in Kashmir this summer.
My time at Essex has been exciting and demanding, both
academically and personally. The challenges have been well worth it,
as I have left Essex feeling well equipped with skills for my future
career. My year spent at Essex will be one that I’ll never forget."
Jiang Li, China, BSc Banking and Finance
"I chose to study in the Essex Business School
because of its excellent reputation. I have found the School to
be supportive; tutors are always there when you need them, and
are very helpful and patient.
The library is my favourite place; it is a perfect place to
either study or relax. If you go up to the higher floors the
view of the beautiful, green Colchester Campus and lake is
Here at Essex, there are loads of sports clubs and societies
to get involved in. I think they are a great way to help
students to fully immerse themselves in university life and
create a balance between study and relaxation. I have joined the
fencing club it is really good because its members come from all
over the world, everybody is really friendly and it hosts
regular events giving students the chance to meet and chat to
other people in the club.
I have really loved every minute of the time I have spent at
Essex - I will never forget my time here!"
Nazli Sila Cesur, Turkey, MA and PhD Political
"I wanted to undertake my postgraduate study at Essex as I knew
the Department of Government was one
of the best in the UK. I was then really pleased with my
MA Political Theory, so decided to stay here for my PhD.
I am really enjoying being a research student at the
University. By that, I mean I have been given the opportunity to
choose my own topic for my PhD and am able to lead my own
research; I’ve found the experience of taking a huge
responsibility for my own self and my success very exciting. I
also like attending the research seminars offered by my
Department, as I find it a great way to meet others and exchange
Our Colchester Campus is quite compact, which I think is
advantageous for students as you have everything you need like a
post office, library and banks on site, and can easily meet up
with your friends. The University is also close to London, which
makes day trips to the capital possible.
After completing my PhD, I would like to have a career in
academia and am particularly keen to stay in the UK. Having
studied at the UK’s top department for politics will certainly
help my future plans."
Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, Japan, Pre-sessional
English, MA and PhD Linguistics
"I came to Essex with great expectations but some anxiety about
living in a different environment. I wanted to be as prepared as
possible so I attended the six-month pre-sessional English
course. All the teachers and administrative staff were friendly,
and the classes and social events were great fun. As a result,
when I started my course I had already made many friends and was
well-accustomed to writing essays. I felt very at home and
really appreciated the dedicated attention from my tutors.
I enjoyed all the modules on the MA and obtained a distinction.
I was fortunate enough to be awarded an Overseas Research
Students Scholarship and a University of Essex
Postgraduate Research Scholarship for my PhD.
My research is on language testing under the supervision of
Mr Tony Lilley, OBE. PhD students are lucky to have allocated
space in an office and I have lovely colleagues to exchange
ideas. The department also supported me in presenting papers at
national and international conferences giving me the experience
of meeting language testers from all around the world. My MA
dissertation was awarded an IELTS Masters Award and my paper was
accepted by an international journal.
In addition to my studies, I have enjoyed teaching Japanese,
jogging around the beautiful campus and visiting places in the
UK and Europe. Essex has provided me with great opportunities in
an international environment and I am very grateful to all the
people I have met and the doors they have helped me open."
Monica Bernsten, Norway, BSc Psychology
"I wanted to study at Essex because I knew the University had a
strong focus on research, particularly cognitive and
neuropsychology. I also liked the fact that the University was
close to London and had a very diverse student body, with
representatives from many different countries and cultures.
I found settling into student life at Essex very
straightforward. For example, when I first arrived at the
University, coming from Norway, I was met by a student who took
the time to show me my accommodation, get my keys, and gave me a
quick tour of the campus.
I was particularly impressed with the
Department of Psychology, as staff were always available and
very motivated to help students. I wanted extra experience in
research, so was given two research projects to be involved in,
which has led to me writing two articles. Alongside this, the
practical and research-based coursework that I undertook was
both challenging and interesting. I learned a lot, both from the
intellectually stimulating conversations I had with my advisor
and from team work activities with other students on my course.
I am currently in the process of completing my Masters degree
in Chicago in the USA. After that I am planning to return to
Essex to undertake my PhD Psychology."
Abdulrahman Al-Fahad, Saudi Arabia, MA
"A friend of mine who studied at Essex recommended it to me,
and because it has one of the best language and linguistics
departments in the UK I decided to come to do a Masters degree
here. I am finding my course very interesting and I am really
I share a flat in the
Quays with other postgraduate students, many of whom are now
my friends. I have also met friends through the Islamic Society
and the volleyball club. I would strongly advise anyone to come
to Essex because it has an excellent academic reputation and it
offers a great environment for study."
Winnie Igbokwe, Nigeria, International
Foundation Programme and LLB Law
"I came to Essex because of its good reputation and I studied
the one-year foundation programme. Staff within the
Essex Pathways Department were fantastic at helping me settle in
and I soon felt right at home.
The modules I studied provided me with a well-rounded foundation
to undertake my
LLB Law with confidence.
There is a lot of support and social such as the Law Society Ball
and Welcome Week in the first term,
give students an opportunity to make friends soon after arriving."
Ysai Laumen, the Netherlands, MSc International
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
"I decided to come to Essex because of its close proximity to
London – I study at the Southend Campus, which is only 45
I found it easy to settle into university life at Essex, mainly
because of my time in the accommodation,
. You’re surrounded by students almost 24/7, so you never feel bored
Because Southend is quite a small campus, the people you live
with tend to be studying the same, or related courses to you and so
often share very similar interests. As an international student,
living in halls was great – I came here knowing no one and have now
made friends for life.
The academic and administrative staff helped make me feel
comfortable from the off – in my very first week, the support I
received was fantastic, which as an international student, I really
appreciated, as the whole environment was completely new to me, and
I didn’t really know where to start.
I have learnt a lot from my time at Essex. My modules deal with
the most important aspects in business: innovation and marketing.
The real-life examples and case-studies used in the lectures, as
well as the workshops and extra seminars, with guest speakers have
been particularly useful.
Before I came to Essex, I knew I wanted to build my own online
business, and thanks to one of the workshops organised by my
Department, I met a local business owner. We are now going to scale
his products to my country, which is very exciting, and shows how
valuable these events can be. Essex has definitely helped me to
build my future."
Melanie Lim Kwet, Mauritius, BA International
"I chose to study at Essex due to the large number of
international students; I knew I would fit in and make friends
living on campus. The wide range of academic and social
facilities enables you to settle and adjust to your new
The Department is internationally recognised and I knew I would
receive an education of outstanding quality."