The University of Sussex promotes a healthy campus and environment, benefitting hugely from its geographical location: 10 minutes from Brighton on the south coast, with the campus nestled in the South Downs National Park. Hiking, biking, water sports (sailing, rowing, surfing) are all possible. 

The University offers academic flexibility to students interested in several subjects and excellent faculty. The University has recently developed a model to encourage students to follow academic pathways alongside their main subject, and has increased the number of electives which you can take in other subjects. The benefit of this is for US students, is that they have a wide array of modules to choose from and can take modules from several subject areas.

A full-time course load usually includes two to four modules, and these can all be focused in one area, or you can choose from across the Schools. Students in the arts and social sciences are taught primarily through small tutorial groups, which are supported by a wide variety of lectures. Teaching also includes specialist workshops and focused seminars and interactive lectures. Science courses include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.  

Research projects may also be available for credit or alongside your regular academic coursework in many science areas. You are encouraged to register your interest ahead of applying to Sussex, so that we work out if we have faculty to support this. We can also send you a list of past and current projects that students are working on.

Special Pre-session Program: Sussex in September

As an additional academic option, Sussex offers intensive three-week programs that allow you to earn three credits before the start of the fall term. Typical choices have included: English Literature and History: Sussex Perspectives; The Idea of the European Union; Issues in the Environment; Introduction to Archaeology and Introduction to British Politics. At the end of the program, you can continue at Sussex for the autumn term or academic year. (Students who are not attending Sussex can transfer to another British university where they have been accepted.) 

Pre-Law Program: Springtime in Sussex

The University's School of Legal Studies offers a program for students who wish to pursue law courses at the undergraduate level. The program provides a background in comparative legal issues. Course topics include: the history of common law, English legal practice, the English criminal justice system, the European Commission and Court of Human Rights and the legal relationship between Great Britain and the European Union. Additional courses cover subjects such as public law, constitutional issues in Great Britain and the United States and penology. Visits to law firms and court sessions are also included in the program.

Pre-Med Program

The University of Sussex offers a pre-Med Program if you wish to satisfy some requirements for entry into medical school while taking advantage of overseas study. Along with a seminar on British national health care, you'll take science courses that include biology, chemistry and physics. These courses can be taken in conjunction with liberal arts courses. Additionally, to gain practical experience, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer and undertake research at a local hospital. You can also take the MCAT exam while at Sussex. Review sessions are available at subsidized costs. While the pre-Med Program is designed for full year students, in some instances it may be possible to enroll for part of the year. Ask your program manager for more details.

Campus Life

With more than 100 active clubs and societies on campus, you'll never suffer from boredom! You can participate in any of the groups in which you have an interest, as well as enjoy the full schedule of entertainment and sports programs sponsored by the University's Students' Union. If you have a flair for journalism or broadcasting, you can contribute your talents to the University's award-winning campus radio station or magazine. Many Societies offer extra-curricular trips and events, either subject related, such as a visit to Brussels to the European Commission, or social, such as Winter Balls, trips to theaters and performances. 

There are all manner of sports facilities and fitness classes. As you might expect of an institution that has a seaside location, water sports are popular so sailing, rowing, surfing, windsurfing, and swimming are all available. As with most UK university fitness centers, there is an additional cost to use the facilities.

Sussex sport has a bursary scheme for students who are currently representing their country or state or is a member of a league team. Successful applicants will receive a comprehensive support package including free use of facilities, access to physiotherapy support and student mentoring.

Sussex sport has recently launched Active US which encourages students to participate in activities through social sport drop-in sessions, pop up activities and competitions in campus housing, and Schools of Study, and Buddy schemes. Membership for Active US is free.


In and Around Brighton

Brighton is ranked in the top 10 cities in the UK for young people to live in (UK Today: Best city to be young, 2013) and in the top 10 universities in the UK for nightlife and political activities (Which? University 2013)

It has a truly diverse cultural scene with a wealth of theatres, cinemas, venues and galleries. The highlight of the cultural year is the Brighton Festival in May, England’s biggest arts festival. And when the Festival finishes there’s always some other event to enjoy, such as the London to Brighton Bike Ride, and the LGBT Pride Parade.

The social scene in Brighton is lively and eclectic with many cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from. You’ll find gigs in pubs, small clubs, on street corners and even on the beach. Brighton also boasts the best shopping south of London, all within walking distance.