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UNC students directly enroll at the University of Sussex for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at Sussex. You may apply as an exchange student or as a non-exchange/study abroad student . No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.
The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 as part of an initiative to make higher education more accessible in Britain. Decidedly global, the 9,000-member student body at Sussex includes about 1,500 international students from over 120 countries. Sussex is a “campus university” meaning that it is self-contained and set just outside the city of Brighton in the town of Falmer. On-campus housing is available and the campus provides many useful amenities such as banks, eateries, and a supermarket.
The vibrant city of Brighton is just a ten-minute train ride or 30-minute bus ride from campus. Sprawling down a gentle slope to the pebbly coast of the English Channel, Brighton hosts a distinctive beachfront including the iconic Brighton Marine Palace and Pier. Brighton is also known for a thriving independent music and arts scene and a strong interest in local and sustainable goods.
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
There is no meal plan as British students prefer to cook for themselves, but university housing includes shared kitchens and there are various cafes and pubs on campus. Sussex recently added a Co-operative grocery store for students as well.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.