UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
The University of Essex is a British public research university whose original and largest campus is near the town of Colchester, England. It was established in 1963 and received its Royal Charter in 1965.
The university's main campus is located within Wivenhoe Park in the English county of Essex, less than a mile (1.6 km) from the town of Wivenhoe & 2 miles (3.2 km) from the town of Colchester. Apart from the Wivenhoe Park campus, there is a rapidly developing campus in Southend-on-Sea (Essex's largest town), and the East 15 Acting School is based in Loughton. The University's motto, Thought the harder, heart the keener, is adapted from the Anglo-Saxon poem The Battle of Maldon. The university enjoys collaborative partnerships with a number of institutions across the eastern region. These are University Campus Suffolk, Colchester Institute, Kaplan Open Learning (KOL), South Essex College and Writtle College.
The university exhibits an international character with 132 countries represented in its student body. The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 ranked Essex ninth in the UK for the quality of its research with more than 90% of research recognized internationally for its quality, with 22% of research rated as 'world leading. The university is referenced by QS World University Rankings as a world leader in social science, with internationally recognized strengths in the humanities.
Learn more about the University of Essex by visiting the Why Essex? page of their website.
Colchester is a historic town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in Essex, England and is home to Colchester Castle and Colchester United Football Club.
With a population of 121,859, a sizable increase from the previous census, it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain. It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.
Colchester is 51.2 miles (82.4 km) northeast of London and is connected to the capital by the A12 road and the Great Eastern Main Line. It is seen as a popular town for commuters, and is less than 30 miles (48 km) away from Stansted Airport and 20 miles (32 km) from the passenger ferry port of Harwich.
IUP students can take courses in any of the nearly 50 academic programs offered at the University of Essex. To see if your program is offered simply click the find a course tab on their website.
University housing is available for students coming to study at the University of Essex for one year. Students studying for one term will need to find off campus acommodation. The International Office at Essex will send you a list of possible accommodations.
All our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats with fully equipped shared kitchen facilities. We offer a choice of study bedrooms with en-suite facilities, or rooms with shared bathrooms. For more information about the university accomodation options, please visit the University of Essex website.
Students and prospective students who intend to stay longer than six months, and those coming for less than six months but who wish to work while studying, are required to obtain a student or prospective student visa before traveling to the United Kingdom. If you do not, you will be refused entry to the United Kingdom. Please discuss specific visa information with the program coordinator, Dr. Jessica Mulvihill, prior to your departure.