International students

Nadia, from the Netherlands, describes why she chose the University of Essex. She describes her first day on campus and the friends she quickly made.

We are a global community that lives, works and plays together. You study an internationally relevant curriculum, become part of our diverse community, and are taught by academics whose research has global impact. We give you the best chance to compete in a global economy.

As an international student, coming to study in the UK will be life changing, so finding the place perfect for you is vital. Here are five reasons we think Essex is the best place in the world:

  1. You’re not alone – we’ve got students from more than 130 countries, and over 40% of our students come from outside the UK making us one of the UK’s most internationally diverse universities
  2. We’re here to help – we’ll provide you with all the support you need, both before you arrive and during your studies, to make sure your time with us is as rewarding as possible. This includes one-to-one sessions with academics and special English language sessions
  3. A home from home – you’ll be invited to join any of our 160+ societies and clubs. We’ve got societies with a cultural and national focus, where you’ll be able to meet people from similar backgrounds to you, as well as those with an interest in different cultures
  4. Essex Pathways Department – we offer some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK, with a range of innovative courses at every level.
  5. Happy students – we’re ranked in the top ten for student satisfaction (English mainstream universities, National Student Survey 2016). Our students love it here!

Our prospectus

Our international students

In this video, Anca documents her foundation year with our Essex Pathways Department. See what she made of her first year with us!

Chin-Huat is a graduate from our Department of Government. He gained a scholarship to study at any British university, and decided on Essex. In this video, he explains why he made this choice, and what he has gained from his time here.