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May 05th, 2021

University of Essex

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Semester Abroad
University of Essex
Colchester, England
The University of Essex has been named the University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018! Set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, the University of Essex is a public research university in Colchester, Essex, England.

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 universities 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.

The University of Essex was established in 1963 and received its Royal Charter in 1965. It 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, 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’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 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. View a tour of the Colchester campus from the University of Essex's Student Union President.
Program Fees
Tuition & Academic Fees
Standard HPU rates to be paid to HPU.
University of Essex rates to be paid to the University of Essex.
Meals are self-catered.
Health & Safety Plan
At the time of publishing, the rate is estimated at $325 per semester, to be paid to HPU.
Additional Expenses
Students will be responsible for all travel, immigration, and personal and other expenses.
University of Essex
Colchester, England
Applications are due during the spring semester prior to the study abroad term.
Fall Semester Study Abroad:
- October through December
- Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Study Abroad:
- January through April
- Application Deadline: May 1
2.75 GPA & Sophomore Status
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Academic Information
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.
Credits Information
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.