Our students

Our students follow a wide variety of degree paths after leaving Essex Pathways Department. These profiles of our students give you an idea of how our courses helped them.

International Year One in Business

  • Tuyet Le, Vietnam

    Photo of Tuyet Le, Essex Pathways Department graduate

    "Coming from Vietnam where everything and everyone is different from the UK, it was quite daunting to adapt to a new place. However, I soon learnt that I didn’t need to worry as the support I received from Essex Pathways Department allowed me to settle in with ease. I had a wonderful year studying my International Year One in Business – the quality of teaching from experienced and enthusiastic lecturers provided a solid foundation for my current studies."

    Tuyet went on to study BSc Accounting and Finance.

  • Ji Lilai, China

    "The Essex Pathways Department is a good place to study as there are very friendly and professional lecturers. On my International Year One, staff were always there to help me and answer my questions, and I would encourage others to really take advantage of the extra support on offer.

    The facilities and classrooms are modern, and convenient for students who want to experience all that the campus has to offer. Due to the support I received, I feel well equipped for further study."

    Lilai went on to study BA Financial Economics.

  • Daria Polumina, Russia

    "My experience as an Essex Pathways Department student was truly memorable, as I received a strong base for my future studies. My team of lecturers and tutors were the best that an international student in their first year abroad can get; they were not only masters at teaching, but supportive and nurturing too. My classes were well-presented, interesting and gave me the confidence to continue my studies at Essex."

    Daria went on to study BSc Financial Management.

International Foundation Programme

  • Winnie Igbokwe, Nigeria

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    "I chose to study law at Essex because it has a good reputation for the subject and for helping international students settle in. For example, the Law Society Ball and Freshers’ Week in the first term, give students an opportunity to make friends soon after arriving.

    Staff within the Essex Pathways Department were fantastic at helping me settle in – I soon felt right at home, and the modules I studied provided me with a well-rounded foundation to undertake my degree with confidence."

    Winnie went on to study LLB Law.

  • Danni Zhu, China

    "I chose the International Foundation Programme as I wanted to study economics at Essex. I was attracted by the friendly appeal of the campus, and the unique accelerated route that would enable me to reach my academic goal. All my lecturers were knowledgeable and supportive, and I was continuously encouraged to apply my learning in practical situations. This enabled me to gain a better understanding and develop solid background knowledge for future study.

    Due to the small class sizes within the Essex Pathways Department, I received a high level of attention and support from my teachers – many of which I maintained contact with throughout my time at Essex.

    Danni went on to study BSc Economics.

Four-year degree with a foundation year (Year Zero)

  • Sofi Bounahai, Morocco

    Photo of Sofia Bounahai, Essex Pathways Department graduate

    "My experience as a student at Essex has been extremely rewarding and at so many levels. Essex was my firm first choice. Instead of applying for direct entry to the Bachelor of Science in Economics, I expressed interest in the bridging year course. In retrospect, I think that was a wise course of action. The Bridging year at the Essex Pathways Department allowed me to adapt fairly quickly to the British system of education and acquire the academic skills necessary to complete subsequent tasks successfully. It also gave me a first- hand exposure to various aspects of Economics, statistics and Mathematics and allowed to transfer knowledge acquired in my mother tongue into English and thus proceed confidently towards my academic goals.

    Indeed, Essex was my first choice because it offered the accelerated route program for foundation year students who meet specific standard. Although I was keen on the accelerated route, I was totally aware of the stakes involved in the foundation year and made sure that I applied myself as diligently as possible to meet the expectations of my examiners.

    Meeting the requirements for the accelerated route was only an initial challenge. Direct entry to second year was subject to specific requirements that unfolded over two stages: The first stage consists of obtaining at least a 2:1 in each and every module of the foundation year. Once this is achieved, the candidate is required to cover all of the first year material in the space of approximately 20 weeks. As I was the only candidate who successfully met those requirements. I had the benefit, and I would say, the privilege of receiving one to one tuition.

    During this process, I underwent considerable pressure in view of the work load and time constraints. Besides, I had to give my entire summer holidays and devote all my energy to lectures and classes in order to complete all of first years’ material and be able to take my final exams during the first week of September. However, the challenge was definitely worth the effort and sacrifice. I am very pleased with my choice as I could pace myself through my first year, drawing equal benefit from both the foundation year and the accelerated scheme. Instead of plunging headlong into the first year of the Bachelor degree, I felt I was making confirmed strides, as it were, towards my academic goal; which was joining the second year cohort in my second year at Essex. The benefits were many. I feel I can work effectively under pressure irrespective of the workload.

    I am currently in my second year, and with hindsight, the transition between the two years now seems smooth. I was able to keep up as any other student and I have really enjoyed it. Based on my personal experience, I would urge bridging course student to consider the fast track. They will definitely find support from the members of the Essex Pathways Department including lecturers and administration staff. Overall, the accelerated route has been a learning experience that has impacted me not only academically but also financially. I feel I can use the year I saved through the fast track for an advanced degree at Essex. For all the intensity and the sacrifice the fast track involves, I highly recommend it. As the proverb goes, ‘no pain, no gain’!"

    Sofi is studying BSc International Economics.

Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma

  • Ozge Karakale, Turkey

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    "I found my Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies with EAP at Essex was a great way to improve academic and social language skills. The quality of education, plus the enthusiasm and friendliness of the teaching staff, provide you with the motivation to learn.

    I found class hours were filled with very useful academic work, with lecturers available for individual tutorials so that you can get the best support. You are also encouraged to undertake work in your subject of interest.

    My course provided me with the oral and written English skills required at a postgraduate level study in the UK, allowed me to practice in my field of study and enabled me to meet people from different parts of the world."

  • Shimpei Kato, Japan

    Photo of Shimpei Kato, Essex Pathways Department graduate

    "The Graduate Diploma in Politics with EAP course is excellent. If you feel that you do not have a strong background knowledge in the subject you wish to study at Masters-level, or think that your English skills are not enough to achieve the best outcomes in your future studies, this course enables you to overcome these anxieties and solve such problems.

    Your English modules give you an insight into how you can manage your coursework, while you reinforce your academic background by studying relevant subject-specific modules in your future department."