The University of Sussex was founded in the 1960s and had become a leading teaching and research institution. From its foundation, Sussex has had an international perspective to its academic activities and its outlook. The University attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world. Nearly a third of staff come from outside the UK.
Sussex is more experimental: students enroll both in the English Department and in one of the interdisciplinary schools. Teaching goes on in seminars and lectures and is a bit more oriented to critical theory and cultural studies than at UCL. The expected course load is 60 Sussex units per semester. Most Sussex courses are worth 15 or 30 units. At the end of your studies at Sussex, the University issues a transcript listing the modules you have taken and the grades and credits awarded.
The University of Sussex is located in Falmer, a suburb of Brighton, the old seaside resort, which has become a major center for the arts and, particularly, one of the centers of British youth culture. Since London is an easy 75 minutes away by train, Sussex students often go into London for the evening when something especially attractive is going on there. Sussex, like WU, is a medium sized university – small enough to be friendly and welcoming, but large enough to offer a lively social life and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities. Set in acres of parkland overlooking the sea, the campus combines award-winning modern architecture and green open spaces.
Brighton is a British resort, popular among students and visitors. Students can take daytrips around southern England. Canterbury, Bath, and the Isle of Wight are just a few of the possible destinations by train or bus. London is just an hour away by train, readily accessible for the day or just an evening. Connections across the English Channel to the Continent are readily available too from Gatwick airport or by ferry.
You need never be bored at Sussex. As well as the variety of activities and sports facilities offered in Brighton, there is a wide range of on-campus opportunities to fill your spare time. The Students’ Union supports over 140 societies, over 30 sports clubs and hundreds of volunteering opportunities, so you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Whether you are into Ultimate Frisbee, filmmaking or break-dancing, this is your chance to try something different and meet a whole new group of people. The Students’ Union also supports a range of campaign groups.
Joining a society is a great way of getting to know people. Many societies have a thriving social programme in addition to their main activities. They organise activities to celebrate events as diverse as Holi, international speak like a pirate day or Chinese New Year to name but a few.
Campus has most facilities that students will need, including: a supermarket, a post office, a bank, cafes and bars, launderettes, a health centre, a dentist, a pharmacy, and a chaplaincy.
The university offers both on and off-campus self-catered student housing. Visiting students tend to be housed on campus.
Students can study at Sussex for the full academic year, in the spring or fall, or for one or two summer sessions.
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year mid September - early June February 1
Fall mid September - mid December February 1
Spring early January - early June May 1
Minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant must have appropriate background of prior course work or courses in progress.
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