Set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, the University of Essex is a public research university in Colchester, Essex, England. It was established in 1963 and received its Royal Charter in 1965. The university’s largest campus is located within Wivenhoe Park in the English county of Essex, less than a mile from the town of Wivenhoe and two miles from the town of Colchester – England’s oldest recorded town.
Essex is a county in the east of England and is situated to the 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 centers brimming with history and culture, there is plenty on offer in the beautiful county of Essex.
With students from more than 130 countries and over 40% of students coming from outside the UK the University of Essex has one of the most international student communities out of all mainstream English university outside London, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. The university is ranked 18th globally for international outlook by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:
Location: Colchester, UK (population: 122,000)
University: University of Essex (students: 14,000)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed information.
The University of Essex is home to more than 20 academic departments and schools, offering undergraduate programs in a range of disciplines.
Students should select courses that progress their academic degree. HPU students studying the following majors may find an academic overlap at the University of Essex:
Additionally, students may find some courses that could meet some of their general education requirements. However, it is important to understand that local students enrolled in the given class are studying the subject for their major, not for a general education requirement. The thought that taking general education classes abroad will be easier than taking major-specific courses is a common misconception, as these courses are designed to satisfy major requirements at that institution. A student’s academic success abroad is of top importance. Enrolling in coursework about which the student is passionate can help the student navigate cultural stressors. A relevant topic with diverse classroom discussions can provide a better grasp of the local culture and norms.
To view the full list of courses available, please visit the Course Catalog.
A Note on Exams for Exchange Students Studying During the Fall Term Only: Generally, many of the subjects offered during the fall term place 100% of the class grade on a single assignment (either an exam or an essay). The exam would usually fall prior to the winter break, but the essay deadline may fall before the winter break or just after (but can be uploaded remotely online). The decision as to when the exam is held (either in December before the winter break or in January after the winter break) rests with the department. University of Essex staff can better advise students upon arrival in the Fall. Students can add and drop classes at that time to ensure they are enrolled in modules with exams that can be taken prior to the winter break.
|The University of Essex Credit Conversion|
|Credit System||Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)|
|Conversion Multiplier||CATS Credits * 0.25
For quotients ending in .5 or higher, round up.
For quotients ending in .499 or lower, round down.
|General Conversion||4 CATS Credits = 1 HPU Credit|
|Standard Enrollment||60 CATS Credits per term|
|Essex Grade Scale||U.S. Grade Equivalent|
|70 – 100||A|
|65 – 69||A-|
|60 – 64||B+|
|50 – 59||B|
|45 – 49||C+|
|40 – 44||C|
|0 – 39||F|
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
For students studying on exchange for a full academic year (fall through sprint terms), the University of Essex provides a wide range of accommodations, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. Housing options may be limited, so students are asked to apply early. Included in your rent is wifi, heating, hot water, electricity and the cleaning of communal areas (such as kitchens) – so no need to worry about arguments over whose turn it is to vacuum!
The University of Essex is not able to offer campus accommodations to students studying on exchange for only one term. Because Colchester is a university town, there are many options for housing near campus. Once nominated, the University of Essex will send information about finding off-campus accommodations. While many landlords prefer students leasing accommodations for a minimum of one year, there are landlords who accept one-semester leases. There also are landlords who rent 1-2 rooms of their house (for example, homestay accommodations or Airbnb rentals).
Colchester has great bus connections from city locations to the campus, making travel to campus convenient.
The University of Essex does not offer a meal plan to students; however, there are fourteen busy restaurants, cafes, and food outlets located in Squares 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the heart of campus, and students have access to a kitchen in their residence hall.
The University of Essex is located in historic, 200-acre Wivenhoe Park just outside Colchester. The park was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century. Today, its striking landscape, which is home to a range of plants and wildlife including some historical trees, provides a tranquil place for all to enjoy.
The Colchester Campus was designed as a university town with all facilities on one site. Within easy walking distance you will find teaching buildings, student accommodations, shops, banks, a gallery and a theatre, bars and cafés, and sports facilities. This creates a friendly and diverse atmosphere and helps the campus community get to know one another, get around easily, and get involved in a whole range of activities without having to travel too far.
The University of Essex’ award-winning Students’ Union is one of the most active in the UK, and with events on every night of the week, hundreds of clubs and societies to join, you’ll never run out of things to do.
There are also a wide range of both indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The outdoor sport area covers 40 acres and includes various sport pitches, courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. There is definitely something for everyone. The Sports Centre supplements these facilities with a large sports hall, Evolve Gym, squash courts, and activity studios for fitness classes.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.