Current international students
Social events and schemes
There are several events and schemes organised both by Student Support and other internal
and external organisations. If you study at our Loughton or Southend Campuses, please contact
your Student Services Hub for information.
HOST UK has a network of volunteers all over Britain who enjoy meeting international students. HOST families
invite students to visit them in their homes for a weekend or a day, throughout the year. Some hosts welcome visits
during Christmas and Easter. It is possible to go with another student or with your spouse/partner and you can choose
which area of the country you wish to visit.
The University of Essex subscribes to HOST UK. If you are over the age of 18 and studying a full time course for
more than three months duration, you can apply for a day or weekend visit to a HOST family.
Visit the HOST website to find out what happens on a visit, how
it is arranged and how you can expect to be treated.
How much it costs
You do not have to pay for the actual visit to your host family but will need to pay an application fee to HOST
and your own travel costs. Check the HOST UK website for the cost of the application, this will
depend on the type of visit you wish to go on.
If you wish to apply for your spouse/partner to accompany you on your visit there will be an additional charge. Please be
aware that if you apply but do not take up the visit offered the application fee will not usually be refunded.
Free visits 2016-17
HOST have some free visits for students from the Middle East. Please apply for your visit before
the end of October 2016.
The free weekend visits offered by Essex to any international student for 2016-17 have now been taken. You can still apply for a visit but you will
need to pay the HOST administration fee yourself.
How to apply
When you apply to HOST you will need to pay the application fee, if applicable. After you submit your application to HOST UK via
the website, they will send us your application for checking and authorisation. HOST will contact you directly to arrange the visit.
International Students' House
International Students’ House (ISH) is an accommodation and entertainment centre in the
heart of London, near Regent’s Park. It is open all year and offers comfortable, inexpensive accommodation and a warm friendly atmosphere.
ISH has a special programme for international students at Christmas time. If you decide to stay at ISH it is best to make your reservation
well in advance, as demand is bound to be high, you can even book in October.
Friends International Colchester
Friends International Colchester (FIC) is a local group representing Christians
from churches in the Colchester area. FIC gives you the opportunity to visit an English home, attend a traditional Christmas party, Easter outing
or summer event or just practise your English.
Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers. It is the world's largest service organisation
for business and professional people.
Several times a year local Rotary clubs organise social events which you will be invited along to. These events give you an opportunity to meet and
talk to local people as well as other international students. Events are usually popular and fill up fast, keep a look out for our emails and book early
to avoid disappointment. Emails advertising these events are sent to your Essex email address if you subscribe to the
international-students-info email list (login required), or look out for information in
the International Students' Newsletter.
Rotary in Colchester
If you are interested in finding out more about the young persons' division of Rotary and getting involved, contact
Rotaract in Colchester which was started by University of Essex students
and is active on campus, you can also join their Rotaract Facebook group.