International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

England: Essex

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of Essex
Location Colchester, England
Host Website
Eligibility Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one European area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is required. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Spring semester: Late January to June
Full year: Late September to June
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on British history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Students are accepted across the full range of subject areas at the University. Essex’s particular strengths are Politics (20th Century British political demographics and European integration), Sociology (anything from Criminology to Media/Cultural Studies), Art History (with an emphasis on Italian Renaissance and Latin American Art), Gallery/Museum Studies, Literature and Theatre and Acting, and Film Studies (focusing on World Cinema). There are also options to study Law, with numerous courses in the field of Human Rights.

From the International Students page, select “Our courses” to the left, then select “Find a course”.  You will then select the box for “Undergraduate Study”, and click Submit. From the Filter Courses page, you will select the “Colchester” box under Campus and the box “courses for international students only”. Course titles will appear below. Keep in mind that “course” in this context refers to major. Modules refer to actual classes. For module options, select one of the courses, then choose “structure” from the course page.  Scroll to the bottom, and you will see Year 1, Year 2, Year 3. To find module details, click the links under the year headers.

Credit Possible Students must take a course load of 4 modules to equal 60 Essex credits in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students are guaranteed University accommodation within walking distance of the Colchester Campus.
Advising Notes Essex is a relatively small British University at 9,000 students and has a good reputation in both teaching and research. Nearly 40% of all students on campus are from outside the UK and so the student body is very diverse. Essex is located close to London (just under an hour by train). However, while close to London, it is not as expensive as living directly in the capital. The campus is set in Colchester, ‘Britain’s oldest recorded town’, once the first Roman capital of Britain.