Study Abroad Program Overview
Plan now to spend summer living and learning with students from around the world, earning UC credit and enriching your experience with a different academic and cultural environment. Key to the mission of Sussex University's eight-week International Summer School is the interdisciplinary course as well as small group teaching with individual attention. Courses are intensive and may include lectures, tutorials, labs, seminars, workshops, independent research, and fieldwork.
Highlight: Physics majors may gain a full year’s equivalent of calculus-based physics in one summer, and students on a waiting list for gateway courses at UC may fulfill many GE requirements.
Nicknamed ‘London by the sea’ the lively city of Brighton is just one hour by train from central London. It has a vibrant music and comedy scene and boasts numerous clubs and restaurants. The Sussex campus is situated in rolling countryside with frequent bus and train services between the campus and the city.
Orientation at University of Sussex International Summer School:
Sussex wants you to have the best possible start to your time abroad. Hundreds of students from around the world are arriving at the same time and most of them will have the same questions you have. Sussex offers a high level of support, starting with orientation.
- Free mini-bus service from Falmer railway station to the Reception Office
- Information packet with your keys, computer logon and password, ID "swipe" card
- Voucher worth 25 pounds for each 4-week session for meals
- Meet and bond with other international students
- Guided campus tour and supermarket shopping trip
- Welcome from the Vice Chancellor or senior academic
- Guidance on how to register your courses with both the host university and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
- Advice on matters of health, safety, emergency
- Enjoy a full program of trips and activities, both free and paid, in the local area and throughout London, Cambridge, Bath and Stonehenge
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
You will be housed in the the Northfield Residence, the newest accomodations on the University of Sussex campus. Your UCEAP fees cover the cost of this pre-arranged housing. Each bedroom is single study with a private bathroom. Sussex provides basics like bedding and a towel.
Watch a video a tour of the dormitory.
Living on campus is required, and it offers many social benefits and access to facilities. You will be meeting and living with students from all over the world as well as nearly 400 UC students.
Dorms are self-catering, which means you will have the freedom to purchase and cook your own food on your own schedule. While it may be an adjustment if you are not accustomed to cooking, self-catering is the most inexpensive and healthy way to eat.
More Information on Housing
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join clubs, sports, music/theater/arts groups; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles, and get the most out of your time abroad. It is sometimes difficult for UCEAP summer students to find and participate in activities, but it can be done. You do not live with, or attend class with, British students. You will receive information after arrival on options available, but you also need to make an effort to locate other options and participate in as many activities as possible. Interaction in the community is the only way to get to know British people, and UCEAP students who have joined clubs, played sports, attended religious services, and participated in local events have tremendously increased their enjoyment of the program.
Students enjoy the exciting seaside resort of Brighton, the beautiful South Down national park surrounding the university campus, and the greater London area, which is less than an hour away by rail.
Optional trips are offered nearly every weekend. The trips are highly praised by UCEAP participants as an excellent value and a great way to meet other students. You must sign up and pay Sussex directly for each trip.
Visa regulations prohibit students from any kind of work, including volunteer work, unless the Tier 4 Student Visa is obtained before departure for the U.K. Summer programs will not issue the CAS number required to apply for this visa, so do not plan to work or do volunteer work while in the U.K.
There are optional trips offered nearly every weekend. The trips are highly praised by UCEAP participants as an excellent value and a great way to meet other students. You must sign up and pay Sussex directly for each trip.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of the U.K. and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The program is divided into two, four-week sessions. Students enroll in one course during each session. The wide range of course offerings include anthropology, art, biology, business and management, chemistry, drama, economics, education, English, film studies, gender studies, global studies, history, international relations, media and popular culture, medicine and health, physics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Mentored independent research opportunity is available (see below).
All students are required to take two courses (6 quarter/4 semester UC units each):
- One for the first four weeks
- One for the second four weeks
You must take both Introductory Physics 1 and 2, even if you have previous knowledge in some of the topics covered. Physics syllabi
To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, we strongly recommend applicants take the Math Readiness tests
Psychology: Sussex offers you a unique range of upper division courses and a lower division MCAT prep course:
Upper division courses:
MCAT prep - Introduction to Psychology and Sociology I&II:
Sussex offers an intensive 8-week course that covers all recommended topics on psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior for students planning to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Content is directly linked to the Foundational Concepts of the MCAT
(see course syllabus
). You must enroll in both modules and cannot enroll in additional courses.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- See the host institution course listings for course descriptions (level 4 courses are lower division and level 5/6 are upper division).
- Sussex' ISS 2018 catalog (lists fees and prerequisites)
- MyEAP Course Catalog to search for courses previously taken by UC students.
Additional courses may be available at host institutions or program locations and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 12 quarter/8 semester UC units; two intensive courses. Courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
- Mentored Independent Research (Module Code: IS260): Students take a 4-week course during session 1, and during session 2, they conduct mentored research supervised by the course instructor from session 1. Students earn a total of 12 UC quarter units for the session 1 course and the independent research project during session 2. Not all subjects might be available, and this option is not open to Physics students.
- Independent study for academic credit may be possible in this program. If a Special Study Project is taken, it must be for 6 UC quarter units. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the University of Sussex.
University of Sussex, Brighton
Come to Sussex to experience one of the most exciting campuses in the UK, with distinguished faculty, well-equipped laboratories, and an excellent library. Known for its political and social awareness, the University of Sussex is a leading research university in the United Kingdom, and boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in Britain. The University is four miles from the seaside town of Brighton, with its vibrant nightlife, arts festival, al fresco lifestyle, and great shops..
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending the University of Sussex
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation including program excursions
- Room and board
- Optional excursions
- Local transportation
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)
AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
BUTEX North American Scholarship Program
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.
Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities
This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for Physics applicants at time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure. GPA Note
: Good academic standing, as defined by your UC campus.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
UCEAP recommends that Physics applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade of C. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are:
• UC Berkeley: Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB
• UC Irvine: Math 2AB or Math5AB
• UC Los Angeles: Math 3ABC, Math 31AB/32A, or Life Sciences 30AB plus Statistics 13
• UC Santa Barbara: Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB
• UC San Diego: Math 10AB
• All other UC campuses: Titles for equivalent courses vary.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the International Summer School, University of Sussex.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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