North Central College - Naperville, IL


University of Essex

Fall Term


M. Richards Essex


Program Overview

Just 70 minutes by train from London, the University of Essex is located near Colchester, the Roman capital of Britain. The university, with a student population of 11,500, is particularly highly regarded for politics and sociology. Other strong areas include accounting/finance, business, computer science/gaming, economics, mathematics, psychology, art history, literature, linguistics, sports science, film, theatre studies, creative writing, history, philosophy, criminology and biological sciences.

University of Essex website


Photo:  Mickey Richards, Fall 2013



Eligibility Requirements

Junior or Senior standing. GPA 3.0 preferred, with substantial course work in major.


Academic Credit

9-15 credits depending on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.  


Departments/SchoolsA. Kendall Essex

• Art History & Theory

• Biological Sciences

• Computer Science & Electronic Engineering

• Economics

• Essex Business School

• Government (Political Science)

• Health and Human Sciences

• History

• Human Rights Centre

• Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

• Internationa Academy

• Language & Linguistics

• Law

• Literarture, Film & Theatre Studies

• Mathematical Sciences

• Philosophy

• Psychoanalytic Studies

• Psychology

• Sociology

• Studio Art

• Music Courses


To search available modules at the University of Essex for 2013/2014, click here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.

Photo:  courtesy of Adam Kendall, University of Essex, Fall 2013.


Housing & MealsE. Smith Flat Kitchen

Students have their own rooms and usually stay in The Towers accommodation. For more information about accommodation, visit the University of Essex's accommodation page.

Meals:  not included in program costs. Students prepare their own meals in a kitchen shared with other students.


Photo:  courtesy of Emma Smith; "Kitchen in my flat," University of Essex, Fall 2013



Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. University of Essex) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.





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