This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University of Sussex. Fall, spring, and year options are open to you. An introduction to the program and testimonials from UC students are included in this video
The School of Psychology at Sussex University is one of the largest psychology units in the U.K. with world-leading researchers and excellent facilities. Other particularly strong departments include Anthropology, Chemistry, Art History, Physics and Astronomy, and Sociology.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- Compare the academic offerings at other English universities to determine if the University of Sussex is the right partner institution for you.
- University of Sussex, Brighton online catalog/course listings. Note that in the U.K. “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes. Courses that are listed with "Assessment modes: Course report" are graded P/NP only and do not earn a letter grade.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
- The Program Guide provides detailed information about the English Universities program.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester; usually 4 courses or 60 University of Sussex units. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required. A UCEAP Special Study Research Project would be in addition to a full course load.
The emphasis at Sussex is on small group teaching in seminars of about 8 to 12 students. The curriculum promotes a high level of independent, self-directed study. The university distinguishes itself both academically and organizationally in its commitment to providing an interdisciplinary approach to study. You have the opportunity to take both departmental major courses and courses that span traditional departments. Strong disciplines include art history, biological science, chemistry, communications and media studies, computer science, English, history, international relations, mathematics, and political science.
The university is located on 200 acres of parkland near the south coast, just a few miles from the seaside town of Brighton, and an hour from London. The university is noted for its political and social awareness.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.
A UCEAP Special Study Internship Project would be in addition to a full course load.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
University of Sussex housing may not be available for some or all fall-only students. Past UCEAP students report that private housing is not difficult to find. The Sussex housing office has resources to help you find private housing and students can also participate in homestays for the whole term, or while seeking alternate accommodation. Students are required to give one-week's moving-out notice to their homestay family when finding other accommodation.
There is university accommodation for 2,800 students and most housing is on campus. On-campus housing consists mainly of single-study bedrooms, but there are some shared rooms. Some students live in one of a number of large houses and small hotels owned by the university in nearby Brighton and Hove, about 15 minutes from campus by train or bus. All accommodation is self-catering, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Bed linens and towels are not provided, but bed linens are available for rent. All accommodations have phones, but students report serious problems with the phone system.
Past UCEAP participants have lived in East Slope, Park Village, Lewes Court, and Kent House (the latter two are strongly recommended). Norwich House is newer, with larger rooms, but only international students are housed there. Students praise Park Village for its social life, but note negatively that it provides one to two showers per 12 students. Northfield is the newest housing.
Long known as “The London of the sea”, the city of Brighton is located in East Sussex on the southern coast of England. Londoners, as well as other tourists, take the short journey to Brighton to bask in its tranquil yet energetic vibe. The University of Sussex is only four miles from the city center, which has a very cosmopolitan and eclectic ambience. The Brighton Festival showcases local artists along the shoreline, which is apropos given the lively artistic community in the city.
The university's Project V coordinates student volunteers. Clubs include surfing, windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, Ultimate Frisbee, mountaineering, and many more. Active groups include break dancing, poetry, circus, conservation, chess, and open mike societies.