One of the leading public research universities in the UK, the University of Essex, has offered prolific education to many personalities who today lead the world. The University of Essex is located in England, about 1 hour 43 minutes away from London. Essex is a town of rich history with snippets from the Iron Age to the English Civil War all around the city.

The University of Essex ranks at the 439th position in the world and 45th in the UK according to the QS World University Rankings 2022. Being a central and leading university, the University of Essex is an international attraction due to its affordability and impactful education. It is quite famous among Indian students as studying abroad on a budget is always an important parameter. However, the University of Essex offers this flexibility to 22% of the total student population to the international students. The University of Essex has 3 campuses- Colchester (primary), Southend and Loughton.

This university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across 3 faculties- Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Science and Health and Faculty of Social Sciences. These faculties are divided into 21 departments responsible for providing multiple courses with diverse specializations. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offer research-intensive courses at the University of Essex. The research done by the Philosophy and Art History department is leading and recognized as excellent. Under this faculty, another gem of the University of Essex is the East 15 Acting School. The Guardian’s University Guide has ranked it as the UK’s best university for drama and dance in 2020. Since the National Council accredits the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for Drama Training, the graduates are allowed an automatic entry into the Actor’s Equity, an actor’s union in the UK.

The Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex help students from all across the globe develop skills that can be instrumental in addressing global problems through research and finding solutions that benefit society and public health. The department of Health and Social Care under the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex has been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. Over 97% of the graduates are either employed or pursue further studies after graduation in this department. You can pursue electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, amongst other popular courses in the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex.

Lastly, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex has been recognized for its political research. The University of Essex has been ranked in the global top 50 for ‘Politics and International Studies’ and ‘Sociology’ by the QS World University Rankings 2021. In addition, you can pursue a 1 year MBA from the Essex Business School, which teaches you about almost all business functions (marketing, accounting, finance, etc.) to their MBA students. Another superstar of the Faculty of Social Sciences is the UK Data Archive, the largest collection of social, economic, and population data of over 50 years of the UK. The UK Data Archive shapes students who can become researchers as the University of Essex is the lead partner of the UK Data Service.

As an Indian student, if you wish to study at the University of Essex, the minimum requirement for the undergraduate degree is 60% in your 12th grade. The postgraduate course is a minimum of 50-55% in your undergraduate degree. Since English is not India’s first language, you will be required to give an English test to qualify for the programs at the University of Essex. However, if you have scored more than 70% in English in your 12th Boards, you need not give the English test for the undergraduate degree. Otherwise, the University of Essex requires a minimum score of IELTS- 6.5.

To apply to the University of Essex, you have to fill the online application form and attach the academic transcripts (English only), additional test scores (IELTS, GMAT, etc.), resume, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and proof of identity and financial support. The University of Essex offers both January and September intake; you can choose the suitable one as per your preferred programme. The acceptance rate of the University of Essex is over 70% which means amongst every 100 applications, a minimum of 70 students get accepted.

The cost of studying at the University of Essex can be at least INR 15-21 lakhs and even more, if the course that you have applied for is high-ranking. The cost of living in Essex throughout your academic journey at the University of Essex is INR 11.25 lakhs per year, assuming you choose on-campus accommodation facilities. We know how this figure can be overwhelming. But when the University of Essex provides numerous scholarships, you can always apply for anyone you qualify for. The South Asia Regional Scholarship and Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship are two famous scholarships for Indian students wanting to study at the University of Essex.

Many notable comedians, actors, politicians, filmmakers and other personalities have studied in the classrooms of the University of Essex. Oscar Arias (former President of Costa Rica), Christopher Pissarides ( Nobel Laureate in Economics), Priti Patel (Secretary of State for the Home Department) and Hoshyar Zebari (former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Iraq) are just a few names amongst the illustrious circle of over 100,000 alumni. The student life at the University of Essex is thrilling, with hundreds of activities and sports to choose from. With networking opportunities and bonds that last a lifetime, the University of Essex experience is more than just a degree.

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