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England Study Abroad Program at the University of Sussex

About the University of Sussex in Brighton and Hove, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 1 for spring semester (Jan-June)
    April 15 for fall term (Sept-Dec)
    April 15 for full year (Sept-June)
  • Program advisor: Kendall Hook
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Sussex as your destination. Brighton is a vibrant exciting city with a youthful population, and art and culture around every corner. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.

What the University of Sussex has to offer

  • An international reputation for top quality research and innovative styles of teaching
  • Organized into schools of study, which bring together related subject areas and provide academic, social and advising services
  • Facilities for many sports at varying levels and club activities for more unusual sports such as aikido, canoeing, parachuting and windsurfing
  • Excursions and social events for international students
  • Easy access to downtown Brighton, four miles away, and its twin city of Hove


  • Housing is in university accommodation on the campus
  • Students purchase their meals from the many cafeterias or prepare their own meals in shared kitchens


  • Teaching in arts, humanities and social sciences takes place primarily in small tutorial groups and seminars supported by a variety of lectures
  • Science courses are composed of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
  • Students take two to four courses per term in arts and social sciences and a more varied number of courses in science

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
View the University of Sussex online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the England academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year (Level 4) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year (Level 5) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level US courses.
    • Third-year (Level 6) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Fourth-year (Level 7 and higher) are Masters Level and are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.

Course Restrictions

Fourth-year (Level 7 and higher) are Masters Level and are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please consult the chart below.

15 credits= 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 credits= 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Fall and spring semester
60 Sussex credits = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

Full year
120 Sussex credits = 30 U.S. semester credits

Please consider the following when completing the course form:

  • Fall term students should list five or six classes in order of preference for the fall term only
  • Spring two-term semester students should list a total of eight or 10 classes in order of preference for the spring terms
  • Full academic year students should list five or six classes in order of preference for each term


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Sussex course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Sussex. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.

  • Park Houses (Kent, Lancaster, Norwich and York)
    The Park Houses mainly consists of single-study bedrooms, each with a washbasin. The kitchens are shared between approximately 12 students, and bathroom facilities are shared between six students. Each house also has a shared common room.
  • Park Village
    The Park Village consists of adjoining three-story houses. Each house has 12 single study bedrooms with shared kitchens on two floors and shared bathrooms on the middle floor of the house. The Village has nearly 500 single-study bedrooms and 60 self-contained family flats. There is a Park Village social center, TV room and a bar.
  • East Slope
    The East Slope is a hillside residence made up of six-, seven-, eight- and 12-room flats, plus 27 family flats. Most of the 500 rooms are singles. However, some doubles are available. The flats have a kitchen, shower and/or bath and dining areas. East Slope also has a social center with a bar, which is used for a variety of social activities.
  • Brighthelm Residences
    This is a relatively new housing development on the Sussex campus. Each two- or three-story house contains five bedrooms, bathroom facilities and a kitchen/dining area. Each group of housing is arranged around a courtyard.
  • Lewes Court Phase 1 and 2
    Located adjacent to Park Village at the back of the campus, Lewes Court consists of five-or six-person flats with a few studio and family flats. There are also several rooms specially designed for students with disabilities. Each flat has its own kitchen, dining room and lounge area. The majority of rooms in Phase 1 have a sink in each bedroom and one bathroom per flat. All Phase 2 rooms are en-suite.
  • Northfield
    Northfield consists of six-eight person flats with some studio and family flats. There are also several rooms specially designed for students with disabilities. Each flat has its own kitchen/dining room/lounge area and all rooms are en-suite. 
  • Swanborough
    Situated in a central position on the campus opposite Bramber House, this new development consists of a number of self-contained cluster flats housing four to seven students. Four rooms have been specifically designed for students with physical disabilities. Each flat has its own kitchen, dining room and lounge area, and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Stanmer Court
    Stanmer Court is located opposite the entrance of the campus by Falmer station. The housing unit is a new development consisting of a number of self-contained cluster flats housing between four and six students. Each flat has its own kitchen, dining-room and lounge area and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms. In addition, there are a number of single-person studio flats and accommodation for students with physical disabilities.


All university housing at the University of Sussex is self-catering. No meals will be provided. However, you will have access to shared kitchen facilities where you may prepare your own meals. These facilities are equipped with a stove and refrigerator, but you must provide your own cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. If you tire of cooking, you will be able to find hot meals, vegan/vegetarian meals, snacks and beverages in one of a wide variety of restaurants and pubs located on the University of Sussex campus.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Your housing fee includes the cost of accommodation during university breaks.

Do I need to supply linens?
The university will supply blankets and pillows. Students must supply their own sheets, pillowcases and towels. We recommend buying these items in Brighton.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Brighton and Hove, England

About Brighton and Hove
Population: 250,000
Location: On the Southern coast of England, less than an hour south of London

City features

  • A graceful, cosmopolitan seaside resort with a liberal attitude
  • The fanciful Prince Regent Royal Pavilion, a former Royal palace built in the early 1800s
  • Gaudy Brighton Pier features a large funfair, restaurants and arcade halls
  • Full of life and entertainment attractions, a great city for arts lovers
  • Brighton and Hove have more restaurants per capita than any other city in England besides London, plus great bars, cafes, and wine bars
  • Quaint shops and bizarre stores for the best shopping south of London
  • Each May the city hosts England's largest arts festival

Do more!

  • Explore the South Downs country around Brighton, rich in scenic and cultural interest.
  • Take day trips to Chichester Cathedral, Rodmell to see Virginia Woolf's former home or Burwash to visit Rudyard Kipling's country retreat
  • Ride a train to London, just 45 minutes away
  • Take advantage of Brighton's ideal location for trips across the English Channel to explore mainland Europe

Brighton and Hove Online
Sussex Tourism
Sussex Top Attractions
Sussex and Brighton News


Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

*Note: University of Sussex semester students will complete alternative assessments in December (fall assessment for year students will be in January).

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15
Summer Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.

They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.


To apply to the University of Sussex program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the University of Sussex program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Sussex for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the University the Sussex program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.

Meet Your Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:

kendallProgram Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Director Lynne Alvarez.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Summer Program

The University of Sussex offers a summer program.

What the Sussex summer program has to offer

  • Innovative teaching styles and an active, arts-rich campus
  • Excellent range of social and academic facilities
  • Weekend trips to places such as Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Stonehenge or Leeds Castle
  • Special events, including welcome or farewell dinners, British film nights and special lectures
  • 24-hour computer labs, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and sports facilities
  • Wireless Internet access available throughout campus


  • On campus dorms and student flats
  • Housing is self-catering, with kitchens available for student use
  • All bedrooms are singles, with shared kitchens and common areas


  • Summer study organized into two four-week sessions
  • You may choose to attend for the first session or attend both sessions
  • Students take one course per session, each worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours

Click here for more information.

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