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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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29 November 2013

Calling all cyclists! Have your say on the Wivenhoe to University cycle route

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Cyclists are urged to have their say about the proposed routes for the new cycle path between the Colchester Campus and Wivenhoe.

Have your say on the Wivenhoe to University cycle path

Have your say on the Wivenhoe to University cycle path

Essex County Council has launched a public consultation on five potential options for the new route. The University has provided £250,000 towards the cost of the cycle path, and we want to ensure students have their say about the route they would use.

Highways representatives from the County Council will present the options and answer your questions on campus on:

Wednesday 4 December.

Come to a presentation in LTB6 from 1.15pm to 1.45pm.

Slides of the different routes will be displayed, and our staff and students are encouraged to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. There will be ample time for questions.

The routes will also be displayed in the LTB Foyer from 10am to 4.30pm on 4 December, with County Council staff available to talk to you. The displays will remain in the LTB foyer, unmanned, on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December. They will then move to Wivenhoe Library for a week from Monday 9 December. The consultation runs until 6 January 2014.

Please give your feedback using the online questionnaire before you leave for the Christmas break. Hard copies of the form, which can be posted back, will be available on Wednesday from the County Council representatives for those without easy access to a computer. The University will continue to push for swift delivery of the path once the preferred route has been agreed.

The Wivenhoe Cycle Route consultation is live online and can be found at

If you have any questions or queries relating to the scheme or consultation exercise, you can also contact the County Council’s Strategy and Engagement team by telephoning Contact Essex on 0845 603 7631 or by email to

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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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13 November 2013

Essex students take part in United Nations simulation

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The University’s Model United Nations Society went to Oxford to take part in a major United Nations simulation last weekend.

Nikolaos, Miquel, Andrej, Yi-Kai.

Nikolaos, Miquel, Andrej, Yi-Kai.

In the simulation, named OxiMun, they took part as delegates representing the Republic of El Salvador at the UN committees of Disarmament and Security, Legal, Organisation of American States, and Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian.

During the three-day conference, the delegates had the opportunity to debate in a formal context, using UN procedure. These conferences provide a good platform to develop debating skills, get comfortable with the working procedures of the UN and other international organisations, as well as develop the necessary contacts for a successful career in them.

The delegates from Essex were: Andrej Nikolovski (second-year International Relations), Nikolaos Triantafyllou (first-year Law), Yi-Kai Lim (first-year modern languages) and Miquel Martinez Pascual (third-year PPE).

Students interested finding out more can get in touch with the University of Essex Model United Nations Society through Facebook or the Student Union’s webpage.

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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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Do you have a disability or religious commitment which may affect your exams?

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If you have a disability including dyslexia or a medical condition which could affect your performance in examinations, you can apply for individual examination arrangements.

If you are unable to take an examination during the main examination periods, including Saturdays, on a Sabbath, holy day or religious festival, you can notify us of your religious commitments and apply for these to be taken in to account.

could a disability affect your exams?

could a disability affect your exams?

The deadline for applications for summer exams is 31 January.

There is no need to reapply if you are continuing on a course but if you have started to a new course for example a postgraduate course, please contact Student Support so we can put arrangements in place. More information about examinations can be found on the examinations office web pages.

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11 October 2013

Listen again upgrade

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ICLH stairs

All our teaching rooms are now covered by Listen Again

Our innovative and highly popular service, Listen Again, has been expanded to cover every centrally timetabled teaching room in Colchester and Southend campuses.

The service now covers over 180 teaching rooms. This means we will be probably the first University in the UK to have 100 per cent coverage of our teaching rooms.

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