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This is Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. This is a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.

With over 15,500 students from more than 147 different countries, making Essex one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet – you’ll find the world in one place here at Essex. Ranked as 22nd in The Times Good University Guide 2018, Essex is proud to have provided excellence in research and excellence in education for over 50 years.

At Essex you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment. Essex is ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) which means they deliver an excellent educational experience. The trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and Essex is ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018). Essex is loved by students too, and is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities).

Whether you study in the beautiful historic parkland of the Colchester Campus, the bustling lively town centre of Southend-on-Sea, or in the stately home at Loughton, this is your chance to become a member of the one of the happiest groups of students around. The flexibility of courses gives you the power to pursue the things that matter to you. Now’s your chance to join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share their Essex spirit.

Up for a challenge and want to make an impact on the world around you?

Welcome home.

For more information about applying to the University of Essex, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors. 

Student population: 15,500

Number of international students: ~5000

City population: 180,000

Location: three campuses, all located within one hour of central London. The largest campus is located in a suburban setting in Colchester

Closest airports: London Stansted (1 hour), London Heathrow (2 hours)

Date of establishment:1964

Areas of expertise:  Politics, Human Rights, Economics, Sociology and Art History

Cost of Tuition per year: From £14,020 per year (2018/19)

Accommodation cost: starting cost per week, on campus: From £82 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez (Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and former President of Costa Rica)
  • Dr Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico’s first astronaut)
  • Daniel Libeskind (Renowned architect, master plan architect of World Trade Centre site)
  • Sir Christopher Pissarides (Winner of Nobel Prize for Economics)
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP (First female Speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament)

Partner Universities Support Across the Pond Scholarships

Across the Pond is very pleased to announce the Across the Pond Scholarships!

Twelve of our partner universities have very generously allocated funds for Across the Pond applicants, totaling over £130,000 worth of award money for Across the Pond students exclusively. Because these scholarships are exclusive to students using Across the Pond’s services, the chances of obtaining an award are quite high. We strongly encourage students to apply!

The participating universities are as follows:

Essex is GOLD

We are pleased to announce that one of our longest standing university partners, the University of Essex, has just been awarded the highest rating of Gold in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017).

Gold means Essex delivers an excellent educational experience and excellent outcomes for students.

The UK government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework to recognize and reward excellent learning and teaching, and ensure that prospective students can make informed decisions when choosing a university.

Mekenzie Toussaint

Across the Pond was by far the best thing I have ever encountered. Without their help, I would not have been able to have achieved my dream of studying in the UK. They helped walk me through every step of the way and were so supportive and kind the entire time.

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Kyle Shaughnessy

My advisor and Across The Pond completely lifted the weight off my shoulders and helped me through every part of the application. And to top it all off, it was free!

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