Study abroad in the beautiful coastal town of Brighton, England, at the University of Sussex (US). The US campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. It has both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.
Partner Program Type – Exchange
Minimum GPA – 2.85
Prerequisites -Completion of MUSC 14 if you are a Music major
Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior class standing by the time of departure
Fall Semester – late September to mid-January
- you can arrange to take final exams in December
Spring Semester – late January to early June
- students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session
Academic Year – late September to early June
City & University
The University of Sussex is situated in the coastal resort town of Brighton, England. Often compared to Santa Cruz, Brighton is a popular destination for its music and arts, beaches, emerging bike culture, famous Brighton Pier with rides and restaurants, and a large LGBT community.
University-managed housing is guaranteed for year-long students, but not for part-year students. The University of Sussex International Office will assist part-year students in finding private housing should university-managed housing not be available. Learn more about accommodations.
You are responsible for applying for, securing, and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider. Visit the host university website for actual costs.
The Study Abroad office “inbound team” at the University of Sussex welcomes incoming exchange students, and the International Student Support team answers questions about immigration. Together they offer resources and opportunities for you to integrate successfully into the culture and society.
Students with Disabilities
If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator.
Learn more about the University of Sussex Accessibility.
Identities Abroad and Away
UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.
Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.
Host University Courses
As a University of Sussex exchange student, you will enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year.
Visit the University of Sussex module search to find specific courses. There are pre-approved courses for:
- Film and Digital Media Studies
Take advantage of pre-approved courses for your FDM major! As long as you meet any prerequisites, you can enroll in either undergraduate or master’s level courses. If you choose to take courses that are not pre-approved for the FDM major, you will need to speak with your department advisor about what other requirements the courses you take abroad could fulfill. At least two of your courses must be FDM. Your third and fourth courses can be taken outside of the Sussex School of Music, Film, and Media.
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Take advantage of pre-approved courses for your Music major! As long as you meet any prerequisites, you can enroll in either undergraduate or master’s level courses. If you choose to take courses that are not pre-approved for Music, you will need to speak with your department advisor about what other requirements the courses you take abroad could fulfill. At least two of your courses must be in Music. Your third and fourth courses can be taken outside of the Sussex School of Music, Film, and Media. Explore Music at Sussex.
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.
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Course Load Requirements
You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:
- A full course load is 4 courses. At the University of Sussex, each module (course) is usually 15 credits each. Therefore, a full course load is 60 credits per semester.
As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Sussex, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in the fall semester and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in the spring semester after conversion (see below).
UK credits will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.
- 10 UK credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
- 15 UK credits = 6 quarter credits at UCSC
- 20 UK credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
- 30 UK credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC
Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at email@example.com before applying to this program.
Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.