University of Essex

Location

Colchester, England

Website

essex.ac.uk

Availability

Available university-wide


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    Located in Colchester, England, University of Essex was established in 1963 and was named university of the year 2018 by Times Higher Education.

    There are three campuses Loughlin Campus, Southend Campus and Colchester Campus, the main campus which is an hour away from London by train.

    The University has a global reputation in human rights, social scientific research and data analytics. These flagships institutes are a meeting place for ideas focusing on world-leading academics to share their expertise, to break through disciplinary boundaries and provoke new debates.

    The Essex Business School which opened in 2015 is claimed to be the first zero-carbon business school building in the UK.

    In 2017 the University created a sustainability team committed to improving its environmental performance, bringing together existing work on carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, travel and transport and grounds. They facilitate the University’s sustainability goals outlined in the Sustainability Sub-Strategy (SSS). 

    The University of Essex does not invest in fossil fuel companies, arms companies or corporations complicit in the violation of international law.

    You are automatically a member of the Students Union when you are a student at the University of Essex and there are no fees for this. They also run the on-campus shops, nightclub and bar. Over 120 clubs and societies, radio station, student newspaper you can join.

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    Located an hour’s drive north east of London, Colchester is the former capital of England. The town has a rich and vibrant history of Roman Britain dating back 2000 years. One can explore Roman ruins, medieval buildings and civil war destruction around the town centre on foot. Colchester is a short distance away from the Essex coastline, one of the longest shorelines in England.

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    • Fortress of the War God
    • Circus Centre
    • The Tiptree Tea Room, Museum & Jam Shop
    • Hollytrees Museum
    • Colchester Castle 
    • Beth Chatto Gardens
    • Firstsite Art Gallery
    • Natural History Museum
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    England is a country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north, and is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The island of Great Britain is however easily traversed by the Channel Tunnel as well as via rail, air, or sea.

    England’s population of 55.6 million people comprises 84% of the population of the UK. The country has a density of 407 people per square km overall, however London (the capital of England and the UK), has a population at 8.8 million people alone at a density of 5,177 people per square km, more than ten times that of any other British region. Depending upon where you go, you can experience one of the most populated cities in the world, or wander alone on the moors.

    England is renowned for many reasons, and is a very popular exchange location. With a well-documented and turbulent history, England offers you the opportunity to visit structures from the Neolithic era, see Roman artefacts, or visit some of the greatest museums and galleries in the world.

    The massive variety of locations, interesting cultures, career opportunities, ease of travel, diverse cuisine, and thrilling history make England a prime location for exchange.

    Did you know…..?

    Nowhere in England is more than 113km from the sea. *English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French). *French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.

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University of Essex Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Semester 1 (SP5)
September to January

Semester 2 (SP2)
January to June


UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: 0°c to 11°c 
Spring/Summer: 11°c to 25°c 

Currency
£ Pounds

Local language/s
English


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    The University runs a coach transfer service for new students arriving from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports, travelling to our Colchester and Southend Campuses. Please see here to book this service.

    The University is not running coach services from London Stansted or Luton airports, but you can book a ticket through national express  to take you directly to our Colchester Campus.

    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here.

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    On-campus accommodation is available for exchange students however are not guaranteed. A range of exciting and comfortable accommodation, from studios to single en-suite rooms and retro Towers to Townhouses, to suit all budgets. More information for on-campus accommodation can be found here.

    Alternatively if you are looking to live off-campus, the Students’ Union provides a property finding service which can be found here.

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to University of Essex, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur:  

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $2060
    Accommodation $740 per month
    Meals/Groceries $150 per month
    Transportation $150 per month
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $300 per month

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website.

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website 

    Please click hereto read the travel insurance policy. 

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. 

    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

University of Essex Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.

Australian Government DFAT brief on United Kingdom is available here.

United Kingdom embassy website can be found  here. 

University of Essex student visa FAQ is available here.

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website. 
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

University of Essex Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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No available summer/winter school

University of Essex is not an exchange partner for Summer/Winter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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