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University of Essex

Program Location Colchester, United Kingdom
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20298
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2021 01/18/21 to 07/02/21

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


This program is a direct exchange between Purdue University and The University of Essex. It has been approved for the direct transfer of credits and grades by the School of Liberal Arts only.

With a student population of 6,600, the University of Essex has a friendly atmosphere with a small faculty-to-student ratio. The popular Students' Union has over 100 clubs and societies in which students can participate.

Term dates:  The academic year is divided into three terms.  Purdue students can only apply to spend the academic year or the spring + summer terms (equal to the Purdue spring semester) at Essex.

Module directory:  Be aware that the word course refers to a plan of study.  A class or course is called a module at the University of Essex.

The university is located in Colchester, about one hour northeast of London by train. A thriving port town of 155,000 people, Colchester is the oldest town in Britain and is proud to merge its history with the modern amenities of today. The city is home to Colchester Castle as well as many art galleries, shopping venues and sporting events. For a visit elsewhere, convenient ferry service is available for travel to Scandinavia and Europe.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


This program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. The University of Essex considers only applications from North American students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences][College of Science]
Specifically from: BIOL, CS, MA (SCI), PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students may participate in this program for the full year (October to June) or the spring semester (January to June). The school year follows the typical British pattern of three ten-week terms separated by four-week vacation periods. Most courses are taught continuously across two or three terms with a final exam or paper due at the end of the course.

Students may choose from the full range of courses offered, but should be sure that they meet the prerequisites for each course. Since British students tend to "major" in a discipline in their last years of high school they typically earn a bachelors degree in only three years. For this reason, a British second-year course would be considerably more advanced than a 200-level course at Purdue.


Students are housed in single rooms in university residence halls, which will contribute significantly to the British experience. Rooms normally have their own washbasin with bathrooms down the hall. All students have access to a shared kitchen, and laundry and computing facilities are available on campus. Students either prepare their own meals in the kitchens or eat at a campus dining hall, cafe, or local restaurant. Housing is arranged for students prior to departure, provided they complete and return the accommodation forms as soon as they are received. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2016

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$200.00
Round-trip Airfare$1,000.00
Local Transportation$250.00
Books and Supplies$400.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,000.00 -$3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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