University of Sussex Courses

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

University of Sussex courses available to study abroad students are located on the Sussex website:

  • By choosing the department in which you would like to take a course, you will be given a list of offerings sorted by level 4/first year, level 5/second year and level 6/final year courses.
  • Each course description will state the number of credits, the term the course is available, and the main objectives/content of the course.
  • Information on assessment and method of instruction is also included.

You Should Pay Particular Attention To:

  • Course levels– British students come into university ahead of most American students, so it is essential to pay attention to the levels:
    • Level 4- Introductory, No background required.
    • Level 5- Sophomore and Junior level. Will need some background, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites.
    • Level 6- Senior, Advanced. Will need significant prior knowledge (at least 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites). You can only take level 6 courses if you have a very strong background in the subject.
    • Level 7- Graduate level; you cannot take these.
  • Credits – Most students take four courses depending on the department and level of the course. Under each course description, Sussex credits are listed. To determine your required full academic course load, keep the following in mind:
  • Academic Year = 120 Sussex credits = 32 semester hour credits
  • Fall Semester = 60 Sussex credits = 16 semester hour credits
  • Spring Semester = 60 Sussex credits = 16 semester hour credits

Please note that students enrolled for the fall term will take specially arranged examinations or turn in final assessments before December departures. Students will not be expected to stay for January nor May exams. Academic year and spring/summer students will take examinations or final assessments with the host country peers during the end-of-year revision/examination period. During this month-long exam period, no classes will be held.

Making Sure Your Credits Will Transfer Back

Meet with your advisor to discuss course selections. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course. Keep in mind that your course selection form is used as part of your application and for the pre-approval process by the host university. Actual course registration does not take place until arrival at University of Sussex.

We suggest that you secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements.