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17 March 2014

Studying in Paris – A study experience

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Andreea is currently doing her study abroad year in Paris

The Study Abroad programme is very popular among students at our University. With 35 countries that you can go and study in, you will be sure that you can find a place that you will love and that offers your course at the same time.  Andreea Iliuta is one of the students doing a year abroad. She is a Politics and Modern Languages student and she choose to go and study at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, a very renowned university there in Paris as she has told us – its faculty of law is regarded as the most prestigious in France.

Andreea describes Paris through a quote someone told us on the bus in Paris: “Paris is special, people are different there. Southern France is different, in general, from Northern France, but Parisians are quite different themselves from other French people”. Full of busy and stylish people, the Parisians know when to take a break and to enjoy a glass of wine. “Lunch breaks are very important here. Sometimes even banks might close during that period.”

When we asked her about how it is to study in a different country she confessed that least for her, it was extremely difficult at the beginning. “Adapting to a new system of teaching in another language was very challenging. Professors here don’t use PowerPoint presentations (only a very few), nor are lectures available online. Students write down everything during lectures while the professor speaks freely, like in a conversation.” In the second semester she cannot keep up completely with the pace, but she is happy that she definitely improved since the first semester and she is taking notes of what is most important. Andreea was also offered campus accommodation. “they have about pretty much everything: a theatre, a cafeteria, a restaurant, a bank, an amazingly beautiful, enormous park, an indoor pool, a gym, a library, all in one big “house”, la Maison Internationale. People from all over the world reside here, varied nationalities just like at our beloved University.”

The most important advice Andreea gave to students that are thinking to go for a year abroad is to research the niversity thoroughly. Like in her example, the universities can have very high expectations and you need to be sure that you can cope with the work volume. When it comes to visiting, her favorite place is the the 6th arrondissement. , for one, enjoy walking in the 6th arrondissement: with “le Jardin du Luxembourg” especially close to my university and particularly beautiful during warmer seasons, it gives you the impression that you’re not in Paris anymore, but somewhere on the French Riviera; the rue Soufflot, which leads to the Panthéon, a building in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is full of bookstores and reasonably priced cafés, more “student friendly” (counting in this category Bd. Saint-Michel as well); then there is also “la place de l’Odéon”, from where I enjoy walking on a quite small and narrow street called “cours du Commerce-Saint-André” – I drank one of the best hot chocolates there.

If you are interested in getting more information or applying for a term or year abroad don’t hesitate to contact Study Abroad for all the information you need.

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21 February 2014

Tuition fee discounts for Essex graduates

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Former study abroad students now get a discount off postgraduate study

Former study abroad students now get a discount off postgraduate study

Our graduates and former study abroad students, are now eligible for a loyalty discount on their first year postgraduate study tuition fee.

Alumni loyalty discount

If you have an Essex Bachelors degree or Graduate Diploma, and are applying for your first postgraduate study period at our University, then our Alumni Loyalty Discount will reduce your first year tuition fees by 33% if you achieve a First, 25% if you achieve a 2.1 or 10% if you achieve a 2.2.

If you have an Essex Masters degree and are applying for a second Masters at our University, then our Alumni Loyalty Discount will reduce your first year tuition fees by 33% if you achieve a Distinction, 25% if you achieve a Merit or 10% for successful completion.

Rated ninth nationally for research excellence in the last Research Assessment Exercise (December 2008), Essex is a great choice for postgraduate study. If you enjoyed your undergraduate studies here, then why not undertake a postgraduate qualification too?

Study Abroad loyalty discount

The University of Essex is proud to now offer its former study abroad students a ten per cent discount on the first year of their tuition fee for postgraduate study.

Rated ninth nationally for research excellence in the last Research Assessment Exercise (December 2008), Essex is a great choice for postgraduate study. If you enjoyed your time as a study abroad student here, then why not undertake a postgraduate qualification too?

Our Study Abroad loyalty discount is awarded to students who previously attended at least one term at Essex, as a non-graduating students on a study abroad programme. You must be registering for your first postgraduate study period at Essex, following completion of your study abroad programme, whether it is a taught course or a research degree.

Our Study Abroad loyalty discount is only available for the first year of your study and if you are wholly self-funding your tuition fee.

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21 November 2013

Don’t just stand there…Study Abroad

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Students packed the Ivor Crewe this week as part of the Study Abroad Expo.

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

Alexander Stennings spent his third year in America

The hall was filled with representatives from Universities all over the world, along with our own Essex students who had returned from abroad to tell us about their experiences.

Stuart Bolus, now a Fourth Year UoE student of International Relations, spent his third year in Prague.

He said: “It was the best time of my life. I loved everything about it, living in a big city, having real independence living abroad, it was great. I also got to study things that aren’t on offer here such as Russian Foreign Policy which was very interesting.”

Alexander Stennings is also a fourth Year UoE student of American Studies. He spent his third year in Albuqerque New Mexico.

He said: “I had such a great time. It was so different, waking up to a landscape of mountains, and although they speak the same language, culturally it was very different, things like celebrating Thanks Giving, the Fourth of July and Halloween. We had Skype and Facebook to keep in touch with everyone at home and being able to travel around and visit places like California, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for Spring Break was fantastic.”

Our students can study at one of over 150 partner universities in 35 countries and over £250,000 in University scholarships, bursaries or Erasmus Grants are available for studying abroad.

Take a look at photos from the event on flickr.

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12 November 2013

Study abroad event in the Ivor Crewe

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If you have a compulsory period of study abroad or are on a four year degree including a year abroad – don’t miss our special Study Abroad event.

Don't miss the Study Abroad Expo Weds 20 November

Don’t miss the Study Abroad Expo Weds 20 November

Being held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall A on Wednesday 20 November from 12.30pm to 3pm –  this event will give you the chance to collect valuable information about our partner universities abroad and about all the other opportunities available to you for your away period in 2014-15.

There will be representatives from our partner universities, including students who are with us as part of their year away. You will also get the chance to speak to Essex students who have just returned from their year abroad.

You will also get to hear from our YAB Society, our own Employability and Careers Centre and representatives from external organisations.

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, find out more and ensure you are able to make an informed choice of study aboard university.

Remember – the application deadline is 10 December – so come along, find out more and make the right study abroad choice for you.

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