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University of Essex, England (Exchange)

The Program

The University of Essex offers programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. This university is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in England for the quality of its research, with many departments rated as “outstanding” by international standards. In this program you will be fully integrated academically and socially, being treated as if you are a British student. This is an ideal way of experiencing true British academic and cultural life. The university is situated in a landscaped parkland campus on the outskirts of Colchester, the oldest town in Britain. Colchester is only an hour away from London and is easily accessible to the English seaside. The University of Essex offers a reputable academic program in a perfect college town environment.

The Academics

Courses are available in Art History,Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electronic Systems Engineering, Government, History, Language and Linguistics, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Molecular Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.  There are also area studies programs on the U.S., Europe, Latin America. Women’s Studies courses are offered by the History and Sociology Departments. See the table below for a list of University of Essex Course Equivalents.  Click here for an online course directory.

Your program will consist of lectures in a classroom setting, laboratories, and/or seminars. While the lectures cater to large numbers, the laboratories and seminars normally consist of tutorial groups of not more than 15 students. British university education differs from the U.S. educational system. You will be expected to attend lectures and tutorials, but much of the learning process is up to you. Unlike the American higher education system where you have a syllabus to guide you from week to week, at British universities you are given much more independence. Reading lists will be available from which you will choose a certain number of books to read on your own. Your final exam may be on topics you have not covered in class but are expected to have studied on your own.

The academic year at Essex includes a fall term (October to December) and a combined spring/summer semester that consists of two terms starting in January with a long break in March- April and ending in June. You will sign up for four courses; however, courses may be parts of a full year course or ” “half” courses (one term).  The number of credits varies. Students enrolled at the University of Essex will normally earn 12 credits for the fall term and between 12 -18 credits for the spring/summer terms.  Click here for more information on the University of Essex Study Abroad website.  Please note: study abroad courses that are accredited at UConn with an existing course number will earn the credits stipulated for that course (normally 3). Additional credit may be awarded by the Department Evaluator upon petition.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
DMD 3205 History of Animation LT335-6-AU Film Animation 3 12/31/2020
DRAM 1110 Introduction to Film LT121 Introduction to Film 3 6/30/2016 -Needs to be reaccredited
DRAM 1110 + DRAM 4193 Introduction to Film + Foreign Study HR243-5-AU Alternative America: Independent Cinema in the USA 3 + 1 6/30/2016 -Needs to be reaccredited
DRAM 4151 + DRAM 4193 The American Film + Foreign Study LT243-5-AU Alternative Americas: Independent Film 3 + 1 12/31/2020
DRAM 4152 + DRAM 4193 World Film + Foreign Study LT355-6-AU Film and Propaganda 3 + 1 12/31/2020
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study TH241-2-FY Models of Morality 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ECE 3201 Electrical Circuit Design and Analysis CE263-5-SP-CO Analogue Circuit Design 4 6/30/2021
ECON 3422 International Finance EC368 International Money and Finance 3 12/31/2018
ECON 3422 International Finance EC368 International Money and Finance 3 12/31/2018
ECON 3451 Health Economics EC386 Introduction to Health Economics and Policy 3 12/31/2018
ECON 3451 Health Economics EC386 Introduction to Health Economics and Policy 3 12/31/2018
ECON 3493 Foreign Study EC245 International Financial Institutions and Policy 3 12/31/2018
ECON 3493 Foreign Study EC245 International Financial Institutions and Policy 3 12/31/2018
HIST 2402 + HIST 2993 Europe in the 20th Century + Foreign Study HR121 An Intro to the History of Europe 3+1 6/30/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HR 269 Clash of Superpowers History of the Cold War 5 6/30/2016 -Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HR353-5-FY Crime and Punishment: England in Comparative Perspective 1650-1900 4 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HR 352-6-SP British Social History, 1830-1914 4 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HR 365-6-FY Death and the Undead in Britain and Ireland, 1450-1750 4 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HR 371-6-SP Fictions of Empire 4 12/31/2018
ILCS 1147 Intermediate Italian I and II LA630 Intermediate Italian 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
MARN 3014 + MARN 4893 Marine Biology + Foreign Study BS251-5-AU Marine Biodiversity 3+1 6/30/2020
MARN 4893 Foreign Study BS254-5-AU Marine and Freshwater Vertebrates 4 6/30/2020
Math 3160 Probability MA325-7-AU-CO Data, Probability, and Statistics 3 12/31/2021
Math 3793 Foreign Study MA201-5-AU-CO Linear Algebra 2 12/31/2021
Math 3796 Foreign Study MA201-5-AU-CO Linear Algebra 2 6/31/2021
PHIL 1102 + PHIL 4293 Philosophy and Logic + Foreign Study PY114-4-ZU-CO Critical Reasoning 3 + 1 6/30/2021
POLS 3993 Foreign Study GV 383 Post War German Politics Academic year: 8, Fall: 3, Spring or Summer: 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study GV 513-6-SP Corruption 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
PSYC 2110 + PSYC 3883 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY + Foreign Study PS498-6-SP-CO Human Sexuality 3 + 1 12/31/2021
PSYC 2200 + PSYC 3883 Physiological Psychology + Foreign Study PS411-5-SP-CO Brain And Behaviour 3 + 1 6/30/2021
PSYC 2300 + PSYC 3883 Abnormal Psychology + Foreign Study PS504-6-SP-CO Abnormal Psychology 3 + 1 6/30/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PS416 Personality and Individual Differences 4 6/30/2022
SOCI 1501 + SOCI 3993 Race Class Gender + Foreign Study SC 233 Race, Class and Gender 3 + 1 6/30/2020
SOCI 3271 + SOCI 3993 Topics in the Sociology of Culture + Foreign Study SC206-5-AU Crime, Media and Culture 3 + 1 12/31/2019
SOCI 3621 + SOCI 3993 Sociology of Sexualities + Foreign Study SC291-5-AU Sociology of Sexualities 3 + 1 6/30/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SC394-6-ZA The Body and Modern Society 3 6/30/2020
SOCI 3993 +SOCI 3993 Sociology of Sexualities + Foreign Study SC 291 Sociology of Sexualities Gender 3 + 1 6/30/2020

The Experience

The city of Colchester, just two miles away from the university, has a lot to offer a college student. It has a fabulous nightlife and club scene, plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes, and wonderful galleries, museums, and theaters. On campus is a very active and well-developed student union which our students have easy access to and have thoroughly enjoyed. This is a fantastic way to get involved in the university’s many sports clubs (such as an indoor climbing wall, ultimate frisbee, and parachuting), societies (such as Arts Appreciation, Cocktails, and Punky Tunes), special events. There are three bars and many cafés. You should also find comfort in knowing that the University of Essex has wonderful student services including a library, computing services, student support, health center and facilities for worship. University-owned single occupancy study-bedrooms, normally on the university campus are fully integrated socially with other students, and are guaranteed. You will have a single room in a flat with 4 -16 other students. Each flat has a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, freezer, and microwave. There is a launderette on campus with washers and dryers.

You can catch a bus on campus and in 70 minutes be at the Stansted Airport, and on your way to the rest of Europe for the weekend!  The UK and Europe offer many budget airlines which have been very popular among students.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Colchester, United Kingdom
  • Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/15/2018 06/28/2018
Calendar Year 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3