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Program Description

Overview



Video courtesy of University of Sussex

Quick Facts

  • The University of Sussex has the top rated American Studies program in the United Kingdom.

  • Sussex is 10 minutes from the centre of the vibrant and cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton & Hove. Sussex is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Brighton's diverse nightlife (pubs, clubs and music venues) and political activities. London, the historic capital of the UK, is just an hour away by train, and Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes away by train. 

  • Check out the Guardian's The Global Student which features the University of Sussex's international student population.

  • See how the University of Sussex ranks.
 
  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete fall applications by February 1st and spring applications by June 15th.   Applying by the priority deadline does not guarantee a spot on the program and space may still be limited. This program may fill to capacity based on priority applications. If space allows, additional applications will be considered after the final deadline. 

Location

Sussex Aerial

Sussex - Brighton location map
Photos courtesy of University of Sussex
 

Location Details

The city of Brighton has everything: sun, sea, brilliant clubs, great places to eat, fabulous shops, a truly cosmopolitan vibe and it's only an hour from London. And, since students form 10 percent of the city's population, you can be confident that you'll find plenty to satisfy your needs. The campus is in Fulmer, 15 minutes to the Brighton City Center and the sea, and is home to 10,000 students.

See maps and directions for how to get to Sussex

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy. The UK Visa and Immigration site is a good resource to reference, and the University of Sussex also provides extensive visa information to students.

The ASU STudy Abroad Office provides this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe. 

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Exchange students are taught alongside British and international students enrolled in full degree programs. You will experience a range of teaching methods that may include small group seminars and tutorials, lectures, laboratory work and independent study.

Select courses from the Full Subject List to see which classes may be available each term. (Keep in mind a module listed as the term autumn & spring teaching = full academic year class).

Level 4 = first year module
Level 5 = second year module
Level 6 = final year module
Level 7 = master's modules (not available)

*Note: study abroad students cannot take Level 3 courses


Academic Culture 

British universities tend to place a greater emphasis on independent student learning. Students may be expected to conduct guided readings or practice assignments outside of the structured coursework. This program is ideal then for self-motivated learners who are ready for this challenge.

Rather than receive a final grade based on multiple assignments, exams, and/or projects, it is common to only be graded on a midterm and or/final exam or paper. While the course content may not be more difficult, the standards and expectations in place may take some getting used to.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Semester One or Autumn = US Fall Semester
  • Semester Two or Spring = US Spring Semester
  • Module = US class
  • Course = US major
  • Faculty = US school or college (e.g. Faculty of Engineering is the School of Engineering) 
 

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at University of Sussex will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Sussex Library

Sussex spring day
Photos courtesy of University of Sussex

Housing

Sussex housing

Sussex pavillion gardens
Video courtesy of University of Sussex

Program Housing

Students will not be guaranteed university housing due to very high demand at Sussex, and limited space. The University of Sussex will provide off-campus housing resources (including guest houses and homestays), but participants should understand that they will be responsible for identifying and making their own housing arrangements on this program.

The Sussex Abroad Team has created a list of pre-arranged and self-arranged housing options in and around the Brighton & Hove area.

 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the UK, getting around in cities may be difficult at times because sidewalks can be narrow and uneven. Most London Underground and UK National Rail System stations are not readily accessible for people with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.
 

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/22/2020 06/06/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25th.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration, apply by February 1st! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date until the final deadline as space allows.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration, apply by February 1st! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date until the final deadline as space allows.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration, apply by June 15th! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date until the final deadline as space allows.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed