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Academics- England Sussex
 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 during the fall term only, you need to choose courses that are offered in the “autumn” term. If you will be studying during 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 being in the “summer” term: this simply means that it takes place after your spring break in March-April. Make sure that your course is not a year-long if you only plan to study abroad for a single semester.

British Universities are typically on a three-year system; thus, courses listed as “Level 1,” “Level 2,” and “Level 3” 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 may not be suitable for you, especially if you have never had a course in that particular department. However, you may request Level 3 courses if you really feel it necessary and appropriate. You should plan to take three or four classes per term at the university.
   
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Sussex and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take the equivalent of at least 12 Rutgers credits each 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.

Please note: some British universities charge an additional fee for science courses, art courses, media courses, and courses requiring laboratory sections. Call us for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to courses, students have the opportunity to volunteer during their time at Sussex.  Volunteer opportunities are organized through the Sussex Student Union.  In previous years students have volunteered with youth organizations, conservation organizations, and disability organizations.

Credit Transfer

All courses taken abroad through a Rutgers Study Abroad program will count towards a student’s general graduation total.  These courses also factor into the cumulative Grade Point Average.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship).  The maximum number of credits that a student can take per semester is 20.5 unless they have received approval from a Dean. The student is responsible for ensuring that a course taken abroad can be applied towards a major/minor/general education requirement.  Major/Minor courses must be approved by the department head and general education requirements must be approved by a dean.  Each department has its own procedure for course approval.  Please contact the individual department for specific details.