Program Site: University of Sussex campus, which sits on 200 acres of parkland located four miles from Brighton.
Eligibility: Cumulative 3.0 GPA
Description: A famous holiday destination for the rich in the late 18th and 19th centuries, Brighton is still a thriving tourist center, complete with a busy boardwalk, beach, promenade, piers, restaurants, and cinemas. Despite the city's relatively small size, Brighton is surprisingly cosmopolitan - often dubbed the "London-by-the-sea", and is only 50 minutes away from the capital.
Sussex is ranked among the UK’s top 25 universities and has established an international reputation for the quality of its research and its innovative teaching style. The total student population is around 10,000, with 25% from outside the UK. The campus is small enough to be friendly, yet sufficiently large to offer a lively social scene. The university welcomes about 500 study abroad students each year to study alongside British students.
Academics: The tutorial system is an integral part of the university's academic structure. Sussex places a great deal of emphasis on small group teaching, with tutorials of two or three students and seminar groups of six to twelve students. Each student is assigned a personal tutor, a member of the faculty in his or her particular department.
Courses are available in most disciplines. The university has particularly strong American Studies, psychology, and development studies courses, in addition to top ranked biological sciences, chemistry, economics and physics departments.
Course load and Credit: Students take four courses per semester and can earn a maximum of 15 units for the spring semester or 30 units for the year. Students must take a minimum of 60 Sussex units in the spring or 120 for the year for a full courseload. See link for online course catalog.
Activities and Other Program Features: Study abroad students are free to join any of the university’s 150 student organizations and sports teams, which are a great way to meet local students. The Sussex Students’ Union organizes entertainment and social events, and also runs the campus nightclub.
In addition, the USC UK Resident Coordinator leads several excursions in England and Scotland each semester, which are open to all students attending UK universities through USC Dornsife overseas programs.
Accommodations: Students live in dormitory housing on campus in single rooms. Sussex does not have a meal plan – clusters of rooms on the same floor share kitchen facilities. There are also a number of restaurants on campus.
Dates: Spring or Year only. Academic year runs from September to mid June; spring semester runs from mid-January to mid-June.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 11/20/12
Text Updated: 5/7/13
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.