We are part of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance.
Essex is one of ten young universities helping to create one of the first true European Universities through the Young University for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance. We’re working with partners from higher education, and the non-governmental and private sector to shape the future of European higher education by establishing a European University that's open to all.
If you're an undergraduate student in your second year or above, or a postgraduate student, the YUFE Student journey offers you the opportunity to engage with the expertise of ten leading, research-driven institutions and to connect with a wider student community across Europe.
You compile your own curriculum of academic and language courses, professional development training, and civic engagement opportunities offered across the ten YUFE universities. The YUFE Student Journey also offers you opportunities to volunteer or follow internships. The courses and activities available cover a wide range of subject areas and are hosted either online via the YUFE Virtual Campus or in-person at the hosting institution.
You can tailor your YUFE Student Journey to develop the skills that will help you achieve your long-term goals. YUFE study can be taken alongside your degree, be integrated and become a recognised part of your degree, or you can include a mix of these two options.
It’s up to you how many opportunities you take advantage of and at what pace you complete your chosen studies, taking up to two years. YUFE recognises and rewards each activity you participate in by awarding certificates and Stars upon completion.
Studying with YUFE is free, however travel and accommodation costs may be incurred if you select courses that are delivered in-person at a partner institution.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the YUFE programme. It has offered me the chance to transmit knowledge about something I am really passionate about. I would encourage all students to be adventurous and give it a go!"
The next YUFE Student Journey application round is open from 12 September – 30 October 2022.
If you’re an undergraduate student at the University of Essex, you must have completed your first year of study (achieving a minimum mark of 50). All students studying at a YUFE university must have an English language level of B2 or higher.
As the YUFE Student Journey is still in its pilot phase, each university in the YUFE partnership is restricted to submitting 60 applications, from which 40 students will be selected to participate based on their motivation. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
To apply, complete the application form on the YUFE Student Portal of the YUFE Virtual Campus. You will need to create an account to access the form. Candidates will have to upload their details, along with motivation letter and sign a co-creation agreement.
For the second year running, we have been awarded Turing Scheme funding allowing us to support more students to gain an international experience during 2022-2023. Applications to YUFE made by 7 October will be eligible for consideration for this funding. If you meet the criteria, the Essex Abroad team will contact you directly.