North Central College - Naperville, IL


University of Essex

Fall Term


M. Richards Essex


Program Overview

The University of Essex is located near Colchester and has excellent transport links to the whole of the U.K. and Europe, with a local bus service to Stansted International Airport and only one hour by rail to London.

With a student population of around 12,000 from more than 137 different countries, Essex is highly regarded for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities with the departments of political science/government and sociology ranked as the top in the U.K., and economics ranked fourth. Essex was one of the first European Universities to offer both law and social science degrees in human rights. Other strong areas include accounting/finance, business, computer science/gaming, mathematics, psychology, journalism, human rights, art history, linguistics, sports science, film, theater studies, history, philosophy, criminology and biological sciences.

University of Essex website


Photo:  Mickey Richards, Fall 2013

A. Kendall Essex


Eligibility Requirements

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


Academic Credit

Students earn 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.  

To search available modules at the University of Essex, 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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Last Updated: October 23, 2015