Students can enroll in a range of courses (referred to as modules) at the University of Essex. Modules are valued at 10, 15, or 20 British credits, and are equivalent to 3, 4, or 5 HPU credits, respectively. Students will enroll in 60 credits per term, although they should plan for 120 credits per term when obtaining pre-approved courses for their application, so they have alternate choices should enrollment only in their preferred modules is not available.
The University of Essex offers both single-semester and year-long modules. Students should keep the following in mind during course selection:
- If studying during only the Fall term, select modules ending in code "ZA"
- If studying during only the Spring term, select modules ending in "SP"
- If studying during the Spring/Summer terms, select modules ending in codes "SP" and/or "ZU"
- If studying for the academic year, select modules ending in codes "ZA" (fall), "SP" (spring), or "FY" (full year)
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.
A Note on Exams for Exchange Students Studying During the Academic Year or Spring Term Only:
Regarding Term Dates for students studying during the Spring term: Exams are held for both Spring and Summer terms at the end of the Summer term (in June). As such, students will enroll in 60 credits total over Essex's Spring and Summer terms, although modules typically are held during the Spring term--new modules generally do not start in the Summer term. Modules basing their grading on assessments only and not exams typically will require submission by the beginning of the Summer term.
A Note on the Transfer of Credit:
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.