Brighton, England

University of Sussex Partnership

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Program Overview

Recognized by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, Sussex is also known for innovative teaching styles and strong STEM programs. The university is organized into schools of study that connect related subjects. No matter what they study, students consistently give it top marks for satisfaction. The self-contained campus is surrounded by South Downs National Park, four miles from seaside Brighton (home of the famous Brighton Pier), and an easy train trip from London.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: March 15
Spring: Oct. 1
Academic Year: March 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language

Language prerequisites


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CHART Your Course
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To view available classes at the University of Sussex, visit the Sussex class catalog.

IFSA requires students to enroll in a full class load abroad. A full load at Sussex is 120 Sussex credits for the year.

Credit Conversion
15 credits= 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 credits= 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Fourth-year (Level 7 and higher) are Masters Level and are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the program.

Recommendation Letter
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
  • City of Bath Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of historic Bath, including a visit to the Roman Baths and an afternoon tea experience at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House.
  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Dover Castle Tour: Sitting proudly atop the white cliffs of Dover and looking out over the English Channel, Dover Castle has served as a costal stronghold for more than 900 years. The site showcases its utility throughout different historical eras, from Henry II’s medieval tower and intricate network of tunnels winding behind the white cliffs, to its use as a seat of government, military planning, and wartime hospital during World War II.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960’s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.

Housing and Meals


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option




Students at Sussex live in a variety of on-campus housing, either in dorm-style buildings or flats (apartment) buildings, divided for up to nine students. Students generally have single bedrooms and share bathrooms and kitchens.  

Several housing options features extra amenities—like private bathrooms and on-site gyms—that warrant higher fees. Keep in mind that if you choose or are placed in more expensive housing, you’ll need to pay an additional fee to cover these costs. 

Most housing is an easy walk to the center of campus and library, as well as Falmer Station, where you can catch a train to Brighton.  

Sample housing 

Take a look at Norwich House, one Sussex housing option, to see what your Brighton home might be like:  

  • Location: On campus, a 10-minute walk to the center of campus. The library is .3 miles away.  
  • Living space: Single rooms with a sink, bed, desk, lamp, chair, wardrobe, and storage. Share a bathroom with four other students, and a large kitchen–with stove, refrigerator, kettle, and possibly a microwave with 11 other students. Students provide bed sheets, towels, and basic kitchenware.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and many tell us cooking together and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Additional details: On-site management and security. Laundry facilities are .1 mile away.  
  • Nearby: Falmer Station (10 minutes by train to Brighton). Brighton and Brighton Pier.  Stanmer Park, a huge greenspace that’s part of South Downs National Park.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Spring 2024
January 22, 2024
June 2, 2024
Fall 2024
Late Sept. 2024
Mid-Dec. 2024
$24,025 (estimated)
March 15
Academic Year 2024-2025
Late Sept. 2024
Late May 2025
Contact IFSA
March 15

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Kevin Canas

Kevin Cañas

Enrollment Counselor