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University of Essex

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Last updated May, 2016

Academic Information

Course Information

The academic year consists of 3 ten week terms. Some courses are taught during only one term and other (full-year courses) are taught over 2 terms. The summer term is reserved for examinations.

Essex course descriptions

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: October – June
  • Autumn term: October - December
  • Spring term: January - March
  • Summer term: April - June

Essex semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

Full time is normally 4 courses per term.

Exceptions are in some Science disciplines where students may need to take 5 or 6 courses per term. A full year student will normally obtain 32 credits. An autumn term-only student will normally obtain 12 credits. A student at Essex for the spring and summer terms will normally obtain 16-20 credits.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Essex Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

Essex Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

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The University, City and Region

The University

The original University campus is based at Wivenhoe Park on the outskirts of Colchester in north Essex. Set in over 200 acres of attractive parkland, much of it landscaped in the eighteenth century, the Colchester Campus is a mixture of 1960s buildings and more recent additions including the recently opened 1000-seater Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall.

Sixteen of the University’s academic departments are based at the Colchester Campus. They are housed in a series of bustling squares, all inter-linked, designed by architect Kenneth Capon. The close proximity of the academic departments was designed to reflect, and nurture, the inter-disciplinary nature of teaching and research at the University.

The University of Essex is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, rated tenth nationally for research excellence.

High academic rankings and international outlook ensure the University is both well known and respected around the world, for its excellence in teaching and innovation.

All the campuses are less than one hour from central London. The University’s largest campus is based in beautiful parkland at Colchester. Essex has a further state-of-the-art campus at Southend, with the East 15 Acting school based at Loughton.

University of Essex

The City of Colchester and Region

Beautiful countryside and lively towns

Essex is a county in the east of England and is situated to the north east of London. From pretty villages set in peaceful surroundings to busy market towns steeped in history, from tranquil walks along wide sandy beaches to town centres brimming with history and culture, there is plenty on offer in the beautiful county of Essex.

One hour from London

Essex has excellent links by rail and road into central London. Trains run between central London and both Colchester and Southend at a frequency of around four trains per hour during the day. The journey takes under an hour. The University’s East 15 Acting School is approximately 45 minutes from central London on the London Underground Tube Network.

A gateway to Europe

Stansted (London’s third international airport) is just 45 minutes away from all three campuses. Coach and bus services run between Stansted and the University’s Colchester Campus every hour during the day. There is also a coach service which runs between Stansted and Southend town centre.

City of Colchester

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Further Information

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