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Social Events and Schemes

There are several events and schemes organised both by Student Support and other internal and external organisations. For further information on each scheme follow the links below:

HOST Scheme

A national scheme run by HOST a charitable organisation that arranges visits to registered UK families.

International Students' House (ISH)

International Studentsí House (ISH) is an accommodation and entertainment centre in the heart of London, near Regentís Park. It is open all year and offers comfortable, inexpensive accommodation and a warm friendly atmosphere. ISH has a special programme for international students at Christmas time. If you decide to stay at ISH it is best to make your reservation well in advance, as demand is bound to be high. Booking in October would not be too early.

Colchester Campus

University of Essex Hospitality Scheme

Volunteer hosts from the local community will be matched with two new international students and asked to meet them, ideally at least twice during the year.
Information will be emailed to your @essex email address when the scheme opens each year. Look out for information in the International Students' Newsletter.

Friends International, Colchester (formerly COSCI)

This is a local group representing Christians from churches in the Colchester Area. COSCI was originally founded by two members of University staff and is now part of Friends International.
If you would like to visit an English home, attend a traditional Christmas party, Easter outing or summer event or just practice your English then you can find more information on their website or email frinco (non Essex users should add

Rotary International

Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers. It is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people.
Several times a year local Rotary clubs organise social events which you will be invited along to. These events give you an opportunity to meet and talk to local people as well as other international students. Events are usually popular and fill up fast, keep a look out for our emails and book early to avoid disappointment. Emails advertising these events are sent to your @essex email address if you subscribe to the international-students-info email list [logon required to access link], or look out for information in the International Students' Newsletter.

Loughton and Southend Campus

Please contact your campus Student Support service for information.



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