PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Study at one of the top ranked and most welcoming schools in the U.K.! On campus, join friends for a barbecue by the Lakes, grab a meal, coffee, or even a concert in Square 3, or curl up with a good book in the six-floor library. In town, explore the Roman ruins, picturesque historic neighborhoods, and the classic English High Street.  

• Highly ranked for political science, Essex courses are engaging and challenging! Take courses in business, social science, the humanities, and more.

Join an active student body, known for engaging in debates after class, gathering for Open Mic Night every Friday, and advocating for the best interests of all Essex students. 

• Over one-third of the students at Essex are from overseas, making it one of the most international campuses in the world! 

LIFE ABROAD 

Enjoy all that England has to offer at Essex! Based in the historic town of Colchester on one of England’s best parklands, you’ll feel right at home in the English countryside. Although it’s just a quick train or bus ride from London, campus life and the local community offer so much to do you might not want to leave! Seeking an excellent academic experience? Essex is top-ranked in the U.K. for sociology, economics, law, politics, international studies, computer science, psychology, and business. Essex believes in “research-led” teaching, and prides itself on student support, innovation, and sustainability. 

LIVE 

At Essex, live in the North Towers and enjoy a private bedroom in a flat of local and international students. Each flat accommodates up to 14 students and offers shared bathrooms and kitchen space. The Towers are just a two-minute walk to the center of campus and located near Essex Business School. 

DINE 

Situated on one of the longest coastlines in England, Essex offers world-famous oysters, shellfish, and seafood. Right on campus, you’ll find plenty of dining options. Check out unique spots like CRUMBS, which serves fresh baked cookies and coffee, or FUNc, specializing in gelato, espresso, crepes, and waffles. Enjoy Mexican food, Italian stone-baked pizza, plant-based lunches, and more at the eateries across campus. With shared kitchen space provided in every residence and multiple grocery stores walking distance to campus, it’s also very easy to cook at home. The average monthly cost of groceries for a student in Colchester is approximately 150 to 250 GBP. 

Students living in the North Towers from the 2023-2024 academic year will receive free breakfast every weekday (Monday-Friday). This is a 5-item cooked breakfast (no drink) served between 7:30a-11:00a in Canteen on Square 3. There is no takeaway option.

EXPERIENCE 

Check out one of the “Squares” at Essex, which are always buzzing with life, or stop by the Lakeside Theatre, which hosts Open Mic night every Friday, and offers plays, live music, and regularly performances. Visit ESCALA, a world-renowned Latin American art collection, which might inspire your own creative endeavors at the Art Exchange gallery. The SubZero nightclub and many bars on campus are great spots for socializing—but so do the many student societies and the Student Union, which is ranked one of the best and most active in the U.K! If you really want to have fun, be sure to check out the Paternoster lift (elevator) in the Library... it’s quite the ride! 

EXPLORE 

Exploring the rest of Europe is easy when you are just under an hour from London’s Stansted Airport. Cheap and direct flights are readily available to top destinations. Trains and buses from Colchester also make all of Britain accessible. The City of Colchester has excellent shopping, dining, and sightseeing, with old Roman ruins, picturesque streets, and interesting museums. Wivenhoe Park, home to the University of Essex, is a 220 acre parkland voted one of the best green spaces in the U.K. multiple years in a row. Nearby, Southend-on-Sea has the longest pleasure pier in the world, where you can ride on the pier train, play crazy golf and taste the best traditional fish and chips you'll probably ever eat. 

THRIVE 

Embrace your potential and your whole self while at Essex! The campus strives to foster an inclusive and diverse environment. When you need a little extra assistance, the Student Services Hub is a one-stop-shop for student support. They can assist with health and wellbeing, accommodation, exam stress, and more. When you want to get in a workout, use the brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena, a cutting-edge gym, over 300 monthly fitness classes and an extensive range of sports. For something just as enjoyable (but possibly more relaxing), take a stroll through the beautiful Wivenhoe Park, with rolling hills, diverse wildlife, and peaceful lakefront. 

What We Love About Essex

Essex is really ideal for anyone who wants to be part of a community and wants more to their study abroad experience than the perfect photos for social media. The super active student body and research-focused classes are perfect for anyone seeking a challenge, a debate, or a moment to shine. 

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Program Website

Course Description

The flexible study abroad program at Essex creates the freedom to select modules (classes) from across multiple departments and take modules (classes) of all levels. From Exercise Science to Film Studies, Business to the Life Sciences, this means students from virtually any major or area of study will find an academic home at Essex. The chart below reflects some of the more popular classes ISEP students have taken in the past.  Use this to get started on planning your own study abroad program at University of Essex! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 60 UK credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course is usually worth 15 UK credits. 

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Business 

 
 
 
 

Computer Science 

 
 
 
 

Political Science 

 
 
 
 

Social Sciences 

 
 
 
 

Intro to Finance 

 
 

Intro to Databases 

 
 

Institutions of Democracy 

 
 

Thinking like a Social Scientist 

 
 
 
 

Corporate Finance 

 
 

Fundamentals of Digital Systems 

 
 

Politics and Power 

 
 

Methods of Social Data Science 

 
 
 
 

International Business Environment 

 
 

Software Engineering 

 
 

Parties and Elections 

 
 

Ethics and Public Policy 

 
 
 
 

Management Psychology 

 
 

Data Structures and Algorithms 

 
 

British Government 

 
 

The Sociological Imagination 

 
 
 
 

Digital Marketing & Social Media 

 
 

Engineering Mathematics 

 
 

Measuring Public Opinion 

 
 

Ethnographic Research Methods

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Amanda Ewert 703-504-9986 | aewert@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

University of Essex

University of Essex is highly regarded for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities with the departments of government and sociology ranked as the top in the U.K.,...

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Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Area Studies, Other Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Oncology and Cancer Biology Physiology Plant Physiology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Actuarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences: Recommended!

    Artificial Intelligence Computer and IT Support Services Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

  • Engineering:

    Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Robotics, and Automation Engineering Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Chinese Language and Literature Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Korean Language and Literature Portuguese Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Athletic Training Community Health Services/Counseling Rehabilitation Science

  • History:

    American History (United States) Asian History European History History, Other Medieval and Renaissance Studies Museology/Museum Studies

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Culinary Arts Event Planning Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Corrections Administration Criminology Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Legal Studies Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Mathematics:

    Statistics Topology and Foundations

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Ethics Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology:

    Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Cinematography and Film Production Drama and Theatre Arts Film Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 76
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 17
  • TOEFL Reading Score: 18
  • TOEFL Listening Score: 17
  • TOEFL Speaking Score: 20
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 5.5

Special Application Instructions

Students must have successfully completed one year of higher education prior to enrolment at the University of Essex. 

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Please check our website for more information about our English language requirements. We do not require proof of English language proficiency from native English speakers.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Area Studies, Other European Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Botany/Plant Biology Genetics Plant Physiology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Actuarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Education

    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Robotics, and Automation Engineering Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Chinese Language and Literature Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Portuguese Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Athletic Training Rehabilitation Science

  • History:

    American History (United States) European History History, Other

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice: Recommended!

    Business Law Corrections Administration Criminology Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis Legal Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Mathematics:

    Statistics Topology and Foundations

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Philosophy

  • Psychology Recommended!

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Film Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • Language Test: CEFR   A1

Special Application Instructions

Students must have successfully completed one year of higher education prior to enrolment at the University of Essex. 

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Please check our website for more information about our English language requirements. We do not require proof of English language proficiency from native English speakers.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Please check our website for more information about our English language requirements. We do not require proof of English language proficiency from native English speakers. 

Students are free to select modules across the academic departments at Essex. Please check that you meet any pre-requisites for specific modules – this information is listed on the module directory. 

Students should note that the Spring “Semester” consists of two terms: Jan-Mar and Apr-Jun.  Students are required to remain on campus through the exam period through the end of June.  Depending on their class or program, Fall Term students may have online exam requirements in early January, which they may take from home. Students can check the module directory to see when classes (modules) are assessed and whether the exam is in-person or remote.  Exam dates are not flexible. You will be unable to change the time or date of any exams you may have.  Please wait to book return flights until you are sure about when exams will be taking place. 

The University of Essex also accepts the following English proficiency tests:

-Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)): Term students need 169 overall on the Cambridge English Scale. Full Academic Year students need 16 overall on the Cambridge English Scale w/ minimum of 162 in each component.

-Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): Term students need 169 overall on the Cambridge English Scale. Full Academic Year students need 16 overall on the Cambridge English Scale w/ minimum of 162 in each component.

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