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Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Accounting, Art History, Biology, Chinese, Drama, Economics, English, Film, Finance, French, German, History, Italian, Law, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Independent Housing, Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Internship Available: No
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden On-Site Language Course Required: No
Credits: 15 + Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
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University of Essex


The University of Essex is located in Colchester, North Essex, not far from enchanting "Constable Country," so named after the famous landscape artist John Constable. Constable painted Wivenhoe Park itself, the very setting of this university, about the size of CUA, with an ideal location of just an hour from London. 

The University of Essex provides students with the opportunity to study in an ideal British university setting. About 40% of the students are from outside the UK therefore making it a very international campus. Students are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the university, as they are offered a wide array of course options, particularly in in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, but in Math and Science as well.


Students choose among the dormitories offered to university students on campus. Rooms are single bedrooms with shared facilities or en-suite single rooms. They come furnished with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, bookshelves, waste basket, and lamp. Students will need to bring or purchase their own linens and towels.

Kitchens are available for use with a stove, refrigerator, freezer, microvwave, kettle, and rice cooker. Students may want to purchase and share simple eating and cooking utensils.  For more information, visit the Essex accommodations page.


Students enroll in 4 courses (modules) for a total of 60 Essex credits. Each course taken transfers back to CUA for 3 credits. Leftover credits are given as a free elective. In total, students receive 15 CUA credits for a semester at Essex. Students must choose courses from the Colchester or Southend campus. Students cannot take courses at both campuses.

course directory and an explanation of Essex course codes are available online.

During the Spring & Summer Term, formal teaching takes please from January to March/April, followed by Easter Vacation. On their return, students participate in revision classes, and then the formal examinations related to the Spring modules that they have taken.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA