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. and economics ranked fourth. Essex was one of the first European Universities to offer both law and social science degrees in human rights. As the fourth in the U.K. for research excellence, we are a unique community of scholars who live, work and play together, backed by donors such as Sir Winston Churchill who believed in our vision of a new type of university for a new age. With a student population of around 12,000 from more than 137 countries, Essex is the ideal community to experience U.K. higher education. Our academic offerings are varied, and our strong areas include, accounting/finance, business, computer science/gaming, mathematics, psychology, art history, linguistics, sports science, film, theater studies, history, philosophy, criminology and biological sciences.
Colchester CampusColchester, England, United Kingdom Campus Website5,000 - 20,000 on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in ColchesterLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Located in the oldest recorded town in the U.K., the Colchester area has everything ranging from arts and culture to water sports, vintage shopping to high tea in country estates, and the hottest gigs to ghost walks. Being an hour away from London, as well as Stansted makes University of Essex a great location to enjoy the U.K. campus and travel. On our campus, you are about three hours away from the rest of Europe.
Throughout the year, our dedicated team of peer advisors organizes various optional trips and events for exchange students. Events such as ‘movie night’ or trips to local attractions are organized to suit students’ schedules. University of Essex has an active and vibrant community, with over 150 societies and clubs, and the Students’ Union offers all types of activities to students, whether they are engaged in societies or not. Students can be engaged in cultural societies, course specific societies, or hobbies ranging from archery to Model United Nations. Every student has access to sports facilities for team or individual sports, without purchasing a gym membership. Each student is assigned a tutor at the beginning of the academic year to help with academic matters. The students are responsible for arranging meetings with their tutors and voicing any concerns or issues they may have. To further support our students, Essex Abroad has a dedicated team of peer advisors, which students can email, or meet with in our office to discuss any issues. If the issues are serious, students are encouraged to contact the advisor team in Essex Abroad, as well as, student support.