University of Sussex: Physics Summer Program
BRING YOUR LOVE OF SCIENCE TO ENGLAND’S SOUTH COAST
With a reputation for strong STEM programs and Nobel Prize winners in science, University of Sussex is an amazing place to improve your grasp of physics. Whether you choose the first four-week session or both sessions for eight weeks, academics are balanced with fun and exploration from your base in lively Brighton and beyond—London is just one hour away by train.
The University of Sussex offers one, four-week physics class per session:
- Introductory Physics 1
- Introductory Physics 2
Introductory Physics classes are calculus-based and provide a firm foundation in physical concepts and principles, covering kinematics and dynamics, fluids, elasticity, wave motion, sound, ideal gases, heat and thermodynamics. Applications of physics will be stressed, particularly those related to biological and medical phenomena, as well as those forming the basis of much of modern technology. Gain further insight by carrying out laboratory experiments and learning to analyze and interpret the data. A strong mathematics background is required.
Students who enroll in Session 1 only will earn 4 U.S. semester credit hours, or 8 U.S. semester credit hours if enrolled in Sessions 1 & 2 combined. Students may not enroll in Session 2 only.
View the University of Sussex Physics Summer School webpage for more information on specific skills and knowledge gained from each module offered.
Modules in the Physics Summer School fill up quickly: we recommend applying in January if you want to take physics classes at the University of Sussex.
- 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 term.
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.
- Windsor and Eton: Roughly half an hour by train from London, the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eaton occupy opposite sides of the Thames. There’s no shortage of history here, with Windsor Castle—an imposing architectural study, built by Norman the Conqueror and now a residence for the British Royal family—and Eton College—a prestigious all-boys public school with a long list of famous alums.
- London’s Southbank Walk and Borough Market. Wander the River Thames then nosh on fish and chips, Thai curry, and more—there are hundreds of produce and street food stalls to choose from. Soak up some history as you refuel—food markets have stood here since the Middle Ages.
- Get to know the real London with Unseen Tours. No one knows London like the locals. Explore the East End’s Brick Lane—known for its street art and multicultural heritage—or the West End’s Covenant Garden—once orchard garden for Westminster Abbey, now home of theatre, opera, shopping, and food galore.
- Shakespeare’s Globe: In London’s Southbank, travel back to 1599 and explore what’s arguably the world’s most famous theatre. Along the way, learn about Shakespeare and the history of this legendary open-air structure.
- Buckingham Palace. On the bucket list for countless UK visitors, here’s your chance to see the majestic London home of British monarchs since Queen Victoria in 1837. (Look for the Royal Standard’s yellow, red and blue squares that signify the king is in residence.)
- Thames River Boat Cruise. Get a perspective on London you can’t find from land. See why England’s longest river has long been a vital link for trade and transport as you take in icons like Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament, and the London Eye, and more, depending on route.
- Independence Day BBQ. You may be in the UK, but you can still celebrate the fabulous U.S. Independence Day with a festive get-together and meal.
Housing and Meals
HousingResidence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
Summer students live on campus in the East Slope student village, a new hillside complex that includes apartments and townhouses that share facilities. Students live in groups of six to 12.
- Location: 5-minute walk to the center of campus. The library is .2 miles away.
- Living space: Apartments with single bedrooms, each with a sink, bed, desk, lamp, chair, wardrobe, and storage, and private access to your own bathroom. Students provide bed sheets and towels.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals in kitchens shared by groups of about eight. Students provide basic kitchenware. Many flatmates tell us cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day.
- Additional details: On-site management and security. Laundry on-site.
- 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.