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University of Essex
Spend a semester or year studying at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England.
Location: 
Colchester, England
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
American Studies
Anthropology
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Engineering
English
European Studies
Film & Media Studies
French
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Global & International Studies
Health
History
History of Art
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Marine Science
Math
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Community Health
Exercise Science
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain
  • The university is located just two miles from the center of Colchester on 200 acres of attractive parkland, much of which was landscaped in the eighteenth century
  • Essex is eight miles from the sea on the east coast of England and 54 miles from London
  • It currently enrolls over 6,600 students and has 17 departments spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering
Program Summary: 

The KU Great Britain Direct Exchange Program (GBDX) is designed to stimulate and enrich the intellectual development of KU students through a direct experience in the British academic and cultural environment, promoting friendship with Great Britain and broadening international horizons. To realize this mission, KU has signed direct exchange agreements with ten universities in Great Britain, which allow KU students to study for a semester or year abroad at greatly reduced costs. In exchange, British students from these same universities will study for a semester or year at KU.

All universities offer year-long exchanges. Classes begin in late September or early October and finish in very late May or June. All universities offer generous vacation and travel times. There are also several semester-long options, although availability varies from semester to semester.

The university received its Royal Charter in 1965. It currently enrolls over 6,600 students and has 17 departments spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering. Its compact campus provides a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Location: 

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain. The town, located in "Constable Country", is influenced by its long military associations and the Colchester Garrison is still one of the major bases of the British Army. Colchester is a thriving shopping centre and offers a wide variety of entertainment.

The university is located just two miles from the center of Colchester on 200 acres of attractive parkland, much of which was landscaped in the eighteenth century. Essex is eight miles from the sea on the east coast of England and 54 miles from London.

Academic Information: 

Students may earn up to 30 hours of KU credit for the year. Most disciplines are offered in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, Education and Health Fields. Students are encouraged to visit each university's website to determine which university offers the best selection of courses to meet graduation requirements. Course catalogs are located in the OSA Resource Library.

Courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Click here to view sample courses KU students can take at Essex: Essex Course Equivalencies

Housing: 

Students live in university residence halls or student apartments on or near campus. In most cases students will have a single room and will share a common kitchen and bath. Students will have meals provided, prepare their own meals, or purchase meals at reduced cost in the university cafeteria, depending on their choice of residence.

Eligibility: 

Open to KU students who have achieved junior status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Exceptions may be made for sophomores with high academic qualifications who meet the course prerequisites. Some of the British sites may have additional requirements, including pre-requisites and number of credit hours completed.

Add Course: 
Introduction to Politics
GV100-4-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Democracy: Forms and Futures
GV101-4-SP
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Introduction to International Relations
GV103-4-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences
GV110-4-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Comparative Political Analysis
GV112-4-SP
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Co-Operation and Conflict
GV113-4-SP
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Politics and Economic Policies
GV120-4-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Institutions of Democracy
GV121-4-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Politics and Power
GV150-4-SP
This course counts as both POLS 609 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Conceptual Foundations of Politics
GV151-4-AU
This course counts as both POLS 609 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Introduction to United States
GV163-4-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Political Behaviour
GV202-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Parties and Elections
GV203-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The New British Politics
GV204-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Measuring Public Opinion
GV205-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS
GV207-5-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Games, Strategy, and Politics
GV210-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 608 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Violent Non State Actors: Violence, Crime and Conflict
GV211-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Organisations
GV212-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 673 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Politics of the Middle East
GV213-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 661 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Relations: Theories and Approaches
GV214-5-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
International Politics of the Middle East
GV215-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Development, N.G.Os and Foreign Aid
GV216-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Conflict Analysis
GV217-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 679 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Economic Development
GV225-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 672 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Development in Latin America and Africa
GV241-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Development in Asia
GV242-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Principles of Social Justice
GV250-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 609 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Discourse, Rhetoric and Power
GV252-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 609 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Analysing Policy Disclosure
GV253-5-AU
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Ethics and Public Policy
GV254-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 629 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
American Political System
GV261-5-AU
This course counts as both POLS 619 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The European Union: Institutions and Policies
GV271-5-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Quantitative Political Analysis
GV300-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 306 (3) and POLS 249 (5) for a total of 8 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Electoral Behaviour
GV303-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Future Global Trends: Forecasting Scenarios
GV306-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Economy
GV307-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 669 (3) for a total of 6 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Domestic Politics and International Relations
GV312-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Authoritarianism
GV313-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Authoritarianism and Corruption
GV313-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 669 (3) for a total of 6 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Corruption
GV313-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Economy of International Development
GV315-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 672 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
American Political Institutions
GV369-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 619 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Mass Media and Democracy
GV374-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 619 (3) and POLS 619 (3) for a total of 6 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
The Analysis of Conflict and Peace
GV508-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Power, Agency and Radical Democracy
GV509-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Security Studies
GV517-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Negotiation
GV518-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Political Parties in Britain and Europe
GV519-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) and POLS 669 (3) for a total of 6 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Development, State Building and Conflict
GV537-6-FY
This course counts as both POLS 689 (3) and POLS 689 (3) for a total of 6 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Contemporary Theories of Justice
GV538-6-SP
This course counts as both POLS 609 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Human Rights and Global Justice
GV543-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 686 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Environmental Politics
GV591-6-AU
This course counts as both POLS 624 (3) and POLS 249 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Introduction to Rhetoric
LT 192
This course counts as both ENGL 580 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Shakespeare and the History Play
LT 360
This course counts as both ENGL 332 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5

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See list of programs below:
DEADLINES EXTENDED - SUMMER & FALL PROGRAMS (PDF)

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