We welcome students for study abroad at Essex, offering you a friendly, supportive
and academically challenging environment for a term or a year. You will find study
abroad extremely worthwhile and enjoyable, both socially and educationally.
Many of our undergraduate courses offer a
study abroad option allowing you to spend a year at a
across the world, including in Europe, the United States, Australia, Hong
Kong and Canada. Study abroad takes place in the third-year of your degree
before returning to Essex for your fourth year.
As well as being a fantastic experience, study abroad enhances your
employability and widens your opportunities after graduation. A period of
study abroad on your CV tells employers that you are mature, adaptable,
organised and independent.
Although many of our partner universities teach in English, study abroad
can also be an ideal opportunity to enhance existing language skills in
addition to immersing yourself in a new cultural environment.
For study abroad placements where teaching is not in English, entry onto
the course requires you to have an 'A' grade at A-level or be fluent in the
language of instruction. Additional support in Italian, Spanish or German is
available before undertaking your study abroad placement.
Planning your study abroad
You will be helped and supported throughout the first two years of your
course while you plan your study abroad. This includes meetings organised by
our School and Essex Abroad, as well as
a reception with our returning students.
- Essex Abroad holds information
sessions for first-year students during the autumn term and ongoing
drop-in sessions for advice on the suitability of individual
- Essex Abroad has peer advisors to help plan your year abroad.
- You may be able to meet with exchange students from the country you
are visiting, who are spending their period of study abroad at Essex, to
get their personal accounts of their home campuses and the differences
between the British education system and their own.
- We offer various scholarships and funding opportunities to help you with the costs of studying abroad.
Progressing to your year abroad
In order to progress to the year abroad you need to achieve an overall
average of 50% in your first-year modules for most destinations in Europe,
or 60% for destinations in the rest of the world. You are also required to
pass your second-year modules at the first attempt.
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