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University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Brighton is a lively seaside city on England’s south coast, an hour by train from London. It grew to prominence in the late eighteenth century when it was a popular destination for members of the royal family. Today the city remains popular with day-trippers from London who come to enjoy its seven miles of beaches, pubs, and nightlife. In recent years the city has flourished, giving rise to stylish boutiques and restaurants, festivals, music, and a vibrant arts scene.
Medicine and Education are not open to exchange students; in Media Studies, Creative Production and Creative Media have restricted number of places and priority is given to students taking majors in Media and related subjects.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Sussex website.
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. If you will be studying in the fall term only, you need to choose courses that are offered in the “autumn” term. If you will be studying in the spring term only, you will choose courses in the “spring” and/or “summer” terms. The spring and summer terms together constitute one spring semester, so do not worry if your course is listed as part of the “summer” term: this simply means that it takes place after your spring break in March-April. Do check that your selected course is not a year-long if you only plan to study abroad for a single semester.
Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 4,” “Level 5,” and “Level 6” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Sussex and Rutgers University. That means that you will take 60 Sussex credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester. The credit translation system between Sussex and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Sussex will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Sussex web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences. Accommodations are located on or near campus. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Sussex. There are no meal plans at the University of Sussex. All residences are self-catering, which means that you will have access to kitchen facilities in your residence and can cook for yourself. Your residence hall will have a refrigerator, stove-top, microwave, and food storage areas.
Due to unprecedented demand for on-campus housing, the University of Sussex will not guarantee university housing for Spring 2017 students. Students will be required to locate and secure their own private housing options. The University of Sussex provides more information and resources for housing options here.
For more information about accommodation options, please visit the University of Sussex web page.
Financial InformationProgram Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.