The University of Sussex is located only a few miles from Brighton, a lively seaside resort on the south coast of England. London is only an hour away by train, and from Gatwick airport or the nearby channel ports, it is just a short journey to the rest of Europe. Though relatively small, Brighton is surprisingly cosmopolitan
and has often been dubbed "London-By-The-Sea." There is plenty to do in and around the town, with a variety of shopping centers, markets, and cafés.
Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex is a relatively new university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and for innovative and effective teaching styles and methods. Sussex differs from most universities in that it is organized by schools (rather than departments of study) that bring together a number of related subject areas.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in anthropology, art history, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English language and literature, environmental science, history, international relations, math, media studies, physics, political studies, psychology, and sociology. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. For more information about the range of courses on this program, please visit the Sussex website.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
Course registration for this institution is on-line so you can register for classes prior to arrival, although any problems with on-line registration-if relevant-would have to be handled after arrival on-site. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). A full time credit load at University of Sussex is 60 credits.
Academic Terms in the United States and United Kingdom
When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the UK academic terms may differ than the terminology used in the United States.
Academic Terms Used in the US Compared to the UK
United Kingdom Term
United States Term
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Brighton Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
3.0 minimum grade-point average
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly with the University of Sussex. You will live in either a dormitory or a student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Spring term teaching starts Jan 30, teaching finishes May 5. Spring vacation: April 8 - April 23, Exam period May 11 to June 9.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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