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University of Sussex: Physics Summer Program

Program Overview

Nestled near the seaside town of Brighton, University of Sussex has an international reputation for top-quality research and innovative styles of teaching. With this special summer offering, you can focus exclusively on Introductory Physics for four or eight weeks—and make key progress toward your science degree.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

April 1

Minimum GPA

2.80

Credit load

4 - 8

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

The University of Sussex offers one, four-week physics class per session:

Session 1

  • Introductory Physics 1

Session 2

  • 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 courses at the University of Sussex.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • 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) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

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 courses 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.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • 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.
  • Community Environment Initiatives & Urban Farming in London: This guest lecture explores London’s creative solutions to sustainability, food security, and community building with visit opportunities to three distinct case studies:
    • Up Above: Visit to Sky Garden
    • On the Ground: Visit to Calthorpe Community Garden
    • Down Below: Visit to Growing Underground
  • Homelessness in LondonA Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers Tamsen Courtenay, author of Four Feet Under: Untold Stories of Homelessness in London, and a case worker from the Centrepoint charity for youth homelessness. The discussion will be followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • 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.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960s 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

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

You'll live in the brand new East Slope residence. Rooms are single occupancy with a mix of ensuite bedrooms and bedrooms with a shared bathroom. You must supply your own towels, but bedding and bed linens are included. Accommodation is self-catered and you can buy groceries from the supermarket on campus. You'll share a kitchen with other students, with each kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. You will also receive a weekly meal allowance which can be redeemed in food establishments on campus if you prefer not to cook.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023 - Session 1

June 24, 2023

July 22, 2023

$7,975

April 1

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

June 24, 2023

August 19, 2023

$13,025

April 1

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 1

Term begins

June 24, 2023

Term ends

July 22, 2023

Program costs

$7,975

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

Term begins

June 24, 2023

Term ends

August 19, 2023

Program costs

$13,025

Application deadline

April 1

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