University of Essex

United Kingdom

The University of Essex is one of the original ‘plate glass’ universities established in 1965 by royal charter. It has three campuses - the main one in Wivenhoe Park near Colchester along with Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. There are around 17,800 students with a third of them coming from more than 140 countries around the world.

The University of Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018. It has also been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize several times. It is ranked in the top 500 global universities by the QS World University Rankings 2023. It’s also in the top 50 UK universities in the Complete University Guide and the guide from The Times/Sunday Times.

What is the University of Essex acceptance rate for International Students?

The University of Essex acceptance rate is 74%.

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Student Life

The Albert Sloman Library on the Colchester campus is sizable, offering 6 floors of space. Books, specialist materials, research resources and study space can be found within the comprehensive learning space. The campus also has its own cinema for students to catch the latest blockbuster films, a gym, climbing wall, sports arena, firstsite gallery and Mercury Theatre. The Student Union provides a focal point for socialisation via the SU Bar and Top Bar, while mornings come complete after buying a hot coffee from the Kitchen. There are even shops located on campus.


Colchester is a historic city in Essex with award-winning parkland and the famous Colchester Zoo. British indie legends Blur hail from here, making the area rife with fascinating cultural history. It also contains numerous pubs and restaurants for people of all ages to enjoy. The Colchester Arts Centre shows live performances all year round while The Hollytrees Museum is an architecturally striking building portraying historic life in Colchester with free admission. London is an hour away by train for students who want to venture into the big capital.

Data Science

To help students get ahead in a data-led world, the university offers a new Data Science For All course, completely free. The ten-day course is open to all undergraduates not on a computer science course but wanting to improve their knowledge and be more employable.

International Outlook

As well as having a third of its students coming from abroad, the University of Essex has been ranked in the top 25 for international outlook by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.



88% of University of Essex graduates are in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes 2022. It is also the number 1 University in the UK for Knowledge Transfers Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme with 40 KTPS across eight academic departments. This gives students access to a range of business links. Skills for Success team and Careers Services Team work with students to identify and improve their talents and strengths and help them maximise their potential CV. This includes career events, workshops and advice sessions to help with everything from CV writing to interview skills. Graduates have access to the Generation Essex careers support package for up to 15 months after graduation.


The University of Essex acceptance rate is 74%.

The University of Essex employability rate is 88%.

The University of Essex is ranked 439th in the QS World University Rankings, 85th in The Guardian University Guide and 301-350th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

International students can apply for financial support via the many scholarships the University provides. The Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship is typically awarded to high-achieving international students applying for a full-time Masters program at the University of Essex. A partial fee waiver is included. The International Bachelor's Degree Excellence Scholarship carries the same criteria for undergraduate students at the University of Essex. The competitive Vice Chancellor's International Scholarship is not unique to the university but international students can apply to receive a significant contribution of their tuition fees. There are also research scholarships for international students pursuing doctoral studies in social sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


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