University of Essex - Foundation


Essex is one of eight young universities which are part of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe alliance, a cross-border alliance of higher education institutions created to promote staff and student mobility. Essex is also a founding partner of the Young European Research Universities network. Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018. The university has produced many notable alumni in several fields, including two Nobel laureates, a head of state, foreign ministers, MPs, scientists, artists, politicians, authors, and filmmakers.

Students have a number of foundation study options that will help them on your path to an Essex degree. While a Foundation Certificate or International Year One will enable students to enrol on an undergraduate degree, a Pre-Master’s course will do the same for a postgraduate degree.



Available for international students

Post-study work visa

Available for international students


Benazir from Nigeria
Benazir from Nigeria
Foundation Certificate progressing to Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
A few years ago I became really fascinated by the brain and how it works. I was on the internet and I was reading about the brain, and it mentioned that less than 3% of the brain had been studied and there’s still a lot to be known, and I just wanted to discover what’s still unknown! That’s why I decided that I wanted to do something related to Neuroscience. Studying abroad is such a fun experience. I think it helps you grow as a person, and you learn more about yourself and you get to be independent. And it’s always nice to experience something new, so I would recommend studying abroad to other people.
Jun Kith from Malaysia
Jun Kith from Malaysia
Foundation Certificate
When you live in a new culture like this, of course things are going to be hard and there will be ups and downs, but always think about why you are here. You are here for a reason: to learn new things, so you should take the most out of it. Of course, still contact friends and family back home but make time for your friends here, get to know people, and you'll enjoy it!


Business & Management

International Year One in Business

Progress to the 2nd year of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Essex

Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Foundation Certificate for Humanities

Progress to the 1st year of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Essex

Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

Foundation Certificate for Science and Health

Progress to the 1st year of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Essex

Tuition & Cost

The costs listed below are an estimate based on what most students pay. The final price for tuition, housing and other expenses will vary based on program, English level, housing selection and other factors. For more exact pricing, please contact our advisors.
£ 34,732 Average cost per year
£ 15,897Tuition
£ 6,592Housing
£ 12,243Other

Required Documents

Below are the minimum documents required for our admissions team to conduct a review of your application to this institution. Additional documents may be required for specific programs or for the institution to issue you an unconditional letter of admission. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Passport Copy

English Test Result

School Transcript

Submission Deadlines

October 2021
Application Deadline:August 01, 2021
Program Start:September 07, 2021
January 2022
Application Deadline:December 01, 2021
Program Start:January 17, 2022
September 2022
Application Deadline:August 01, 2022
Program Start:September 05, 2022