Summer School at the University of Sussex

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Study abroad at the University of Sussex for a summer school experience with a twist. Step onto our beautiful and welcoming campus, and be inspired by renowned lecturers this summer.

Sussex's undergraduate summer school offers over 30 modules across several schools of study including Biology, English, Psychology and History. You'll enjoy an exceptional study abroad experience through our innovative research-led teaching, a remarkable location, and a series of campus and social events, local activities and excursions.

Sussex is just nine minutes by train from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton & Hove, one of the UK's most loved cities, while London is only an hour away by train so you can experience our capital for the evening or weekend (without the high cost of living there). We're also 30 minutes away from Gatwick, one of Europe's largest airports, serving over 90 countries and 200 destinations including Barcelona, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Copenhagen.

Highlights
  • Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for development studies for the fourth year running (2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject)
  • Constantly ranked among the top universities in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 placed Sussex 146th in the world overall, and 22nd most international University in the world.
  • Top-tier modules to choose from- designed, delivered and taught by faculty. Sussex is known for its Humanities and Social Sciences field, with its Development Studies program being placed at number 1 globally in the QS World University Ranking.
  • Sussex is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Brighton's diverse nightlife (pubs, clubs and music venues) and political activities.
  • Sussex campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park, so you can step off campus and explore the hills and woodlands.

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Reviews

9.24 Rating
based on 17 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 82.35%
  • 7-8 rating 17.65%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Nicholas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excited Opportunity for Personal Growth

Studying abroad was probably on of the biggest highlights in my undergraduate career. It was an opportunity not only to get college credit but I felt like it helped me have the chance to discover who I was as an individual. Being thrown into a new country with a different culture and norms can be overwhelming yet it gave me a great appreciation for the world around me and realized how much of the world I have yet to see. Also traveling independent helped me mature and just be able to explore things I might not have been able to with other people.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Travel more during my time off and work on developing more meaningful relationships with people from the University
Response from University of Sussex

It sounds like you've got a lot out of your experience, Nicholas!!
Thanks for your great review.

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sussex Summer School

Studying at the University of Sussex's summer program was the best decision I have made when it comes to academics. I instantly felt at home with the Sussex community and easily made friends on campus. Brighton was one of the most welcoming, bustling, and happy cities that I have ever spent time in. It was impossible to have a dull moment either at the University or in Brighton, especially since the World Cup was going on while I was in England. I received endless kindness from the locals and the staff at the University of Sussex. I would love to study at the University of Sussex again, preferably for a longer period of time!

What would you improve about this program?
I would make the optional activities more accessible to students who may struggle to afford them.
Response from University of Sussex

Thanks Rachel for your review! We're so pleased to hear you felt at home on our campus - we'd love to have you return for a longer period of time, please do check out our postgaduate study options!
Thanks for your feedback on social activties too, we're always looking to improve the student experience.

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Hector Eduardo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer School 2017

Everything was awesome. I really liked it. Campus was like a forest, enjoyed the walks to the gym at night through the tall trees. My teacher, Toby, had lot of experience in the subject, he always made sure we understood everything and he was always at our disposal for any doubt.
Classrooms were fully equipped, comfortable and modern. Brighton has bars, nightclubs, malls, cinemas, that made this experience even better because I always had something to do. Maybe if classes were from Monday to Thursday, that’s my only suggestion.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe if classes were from Monday to Thursday, instead of twice per week, that’s my only suggestion.
Response from University of Sussex

Thanks for your review Hector - great to hear that enjoyed exploring the South Downs National Park and all that our city has to offer!

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Colin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great school in an interesting city!

I really enjoyed my time at the University of Sussex in their Summer School. I was there for one session (roughly a month), which was a nice amount of time to acclimate to England. Classes were insightful and it was easy to travel into Brighton to sightsee, find places to eat, and explore the area. There is also a nice system of trails connected directly to the university that are nice to walk down. It was also fairly easy and quick to travel to other cities in England with the rail system. I would recommend to anyone looking to study in Europe!

Response from University of Sussex

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Colin! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the walking trails surrounding campus and Brighton.

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Kaelie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

UCEAP Physics @ Sussex

The program is fast paced and the content isn't easy. The midterms have 10 questions in an hour all multiple choice. The final is 20 multiple choice questions.
Every other week you have an exam.
The TA's are helpful and knowledgeable. They are shy compared to American ones but are very friendly once spoken to.
The flats are very nice, spacious, clean, and private. I really enjoyed the accessibility to public transportation which is really reliable.
Tour groups cater to university students and will leave from campus to countries like France and the Netherlands so traveling is convenient.
The Gatwick airport is close to campus and is 2 trains away.
The study abroad directors plan multiple excursions to places like Oxford, Stonehenge, the Royal Pavilion, etc.

What would you improve about this program?
The food offered is not very tasty (bland) and is pretty repetitive.
Response from University of Sussex

Thank you for your detailed review Kaelie - it's great to hear that you settled into the Physics programme and were able to experience England and Europe outside of class!

Thanks for your feedback on the food - we'll pass this onto our catering team.

Wishing you all the best for the future!

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Carina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pace was difficult, experience worthwhile

I did the Sussex program for physics through UCEAP and it is by far the most academically challenging task I have had to date. The learning pace was much too fast for me and some personal issues came up during my trip that caused my focus to waver. There is quiz after quiz, test after test and I had no chance to grasp concepts before it was too late it felt like. The social life was great, everyone around was friendly and even though I struggled, I wouldn’t change that experience for the world. If you have second thoughts or if money is a concern, know that money can always be payed back and experiences are forever!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Future travelers, plan ahead around your exams so you can sort out where you are staying and where you are going. You’ll save a lot of money. Also ask for recommendations from people that have already gone!
Response from University of Sussex

"If you have second thoughts or if money is a concern, know that money can always be payed back and experiences are forever!" - we feel the same Carina, it's an experience that will stay with you through life.
Thank you for your review, and we're pleased to hear that although initally you found the programme challenging, you were able to find your feet.

Wishing you all the best in your future studies!

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Sabrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Physics Summer Abroad - The best experience ever!

I did the physics summer abroad program through UCEAP at my school, which allows you to complete 3 quarters of physics lab and lecture in 8 weeks! It sounds crazy but it's really not, because your only focus is school when you're there. Lectures were recorded, review sessions were offered, the book was helpful. I recommend this to everyone - Brighton was also a great place to go out at night or during the day. There were lots of cute shops to walk around, and the pier reminded me of Santa Monica.

I made a lot of friends through this program, a lot from California that I still keep in touch with, and a few from Brighton that I still keep in touch with. One of my friends from Brighton visited LA just a few weeks ago! This program helps you get ahead in school and gives you the time to make friends and build lasting relationships.

Response from University of Sussex

Thanks for your review Sabrina - we're pleased to see that the Physics resources helped you during your studies.

"This program helps you get ahead in school and gives you the time to make friends and build lasting relationships" - it's so lovely to hear that our programme gave you a lasting impression.

All the best!

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KARA
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fulbright Program during Summer School

I was extremely honored to be selected as a Fulbright Summer Institute participant at the University of Sussex Summer School. I took a Field Biology course with Professor Sarah McKenzie, and it was one of the best science courses I've ever taken. It was short (only 4 weeks) but the instruction was of incredibly high quality. There was just enough in-class work/lecture to prepare you for the field, and then the majority of the learning was hands on – with a kind, supportive, knowledgeable, fun, and passionate professor. We were able to travel to many different locations around the Brighton area to learn about 4 different habitats, and I was able to see and experience sites and beautiful communities that I would have never seen if traveling for leisure. The class had just enough work/assignments to keep you busy but not stressed and there was still plenty of free time to explore England. Lastly, Professor McKenzie was so caring and attentive and planned a special excursion so that I could better explore my passions in agriculture.

I absolutely LOVED my U Sussex trip to the Harry Potter Set/Studio! The Bath trip was also really fun and the staff were kind, upbeat, and easy going but organized. There was an opening celebration/party for us at the beginning of our stay, and I also believe there was an ending party too - what a welcoming community! The campus was very pretty is a natural way with beautiful wildflower meadows and trails across campus to exercise and explore. I took advantage of the free workout classes at the gym, and they were engaging and challenging. While I had some troubles with homesickness while I was there, I really did love the UK. I loved the practicality of public transportation, the amazing history and gardens, and the overall ease of society. I would DEFINITELY recommend this program for any student interested in experiencing a new way of life while expanding their educational horizons.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely read travel books before coming so that you know where you want to do. 4 weeks is a short time and you don't want to spend your days looking at what you want to do - just go do it! Also, compared to what you might hear about the rest of England, Southern England is pretty warm. I didn't need many sweaters or long pants. Shorts and Tshirts/capris with a jacket for the evenings is what I needed most of the time.

Make a Paypal account and use it for buying bus tickets and doing laundry. For some reason, some of the applications wouldn't accept my credit card and billing address (from the US) but PayPal worked!
Response from University of Sussex

"I would DEFINITELY recommend this program for any student interested in experiencing a new way of life while expanding their educational horizons." - thank you for your lovely review Kara.
We're so pleased to hear that your summer with us has left a lasting impression, and you had the opportunity to explore your academic interests and the social activities!
It's always great hearing from our Fulbright scholars - congratulations again.