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  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
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Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Area of study: American studies, Anthropology, Art history, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Biomedical and health sciences engineering, Chemistry, Cinema, Cognitive science, Communication studies, Comparative literature, Computer Science, Creative writing, Cultural studies, Digital literacy, Dramatic art, Economics, Education, Elementary education, English, French, Geography, Global American studies, Global Cinema Studies, History, Italian, Journalism, Journalism and mass communication, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

University of Sussex

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

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 City

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.

Courses & Credits

Academic Offerings at Sussex

UNC students at Sussex are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as British students.

Sussex is organized into interdisciplinary schools rather than the more traditional departments. All the schools have a distinctive curriculum and a low student/teacher ratio. These are:

  • African and Asian Studies
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Cultural and Community Studies
  • English and American Studies
  • European Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • the School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science

In particular, Sussex may be a good fit for students interested in studying Chemistry, English, American Studies, Psychology, Economics, and Global Studies.

View the full list of available subjects and courses

The British Education System

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.

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Housing options include university managed accommodation, a home stay with a local family, or personally secured housing.
Please note: University managed accommodation is not guaranteed for students pursuing just one semester/term abroad. It is guaranteed for students pursuing a full academic year abroad.

For more information, visit the University of Sussex Accommodation website.

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. 
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Program Costs

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. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/10/2020
03/04/2020 09/19/2020 12/12/2020
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
09/17/2020 01/20/2021 05/30/2021

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1