Study Abroad at the University of Brighton, England

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About

We offer semester and yearlong program, with the opportunity to take classes from a variety of subjects.

Our team, Mary, Zoe and Becca, are on hand to help make your study abroad experience be the best of your lifetime. As well as onsite orientation and class enrollment, we arrange and attend field trips with you to London, Oxford & Stratford, Bath & Stonehenge and Paris, as well as a couple of local trips.

Brighton is a great hub to travel, with Gatwick Airport only 30 minutes by train and London just 50 minutes by train.

Nicknamed, London-by-the-sea, when you're not studying or travelling around Europe, there is so much to do in Brighton itself. Famous for it's cosmopolitan Laines, with independent shops and cafes spilling out onto the streets; music, art and food festivals; nightlife and more.

Optional Field Trips

As part of our programming, we're proud to offer our students optional field trips at a very affordable price. Sit back, let us do the planning and let's explore the UK!

  • London: a fully escorted day through England’s exciting capital city. See all the major sights with plenty of free time, too
  • East Sussex: day tour by mini-bus of the countryside and places of scenic and historical interest in the area east of Brighton
  • Paris: a long weekend across the pond!? Yes please! We'll be taking the euro-tunnel to Calais and staying within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower
  • Bodiam Castle and Rye: a day trip by mini-bus through parts of Sussex and Kent -- a classic medieval castle in a picturesque setting (surrounded by a moat!)
  • Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon: a lovely weekend trip exploring historic cities and castles
  • Bath & Stonehenge: a weekend trip to Bath, a world Heritage city, famous for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths and to Stonehenge, the world famous ancient stone circle

Questions & Answers

For USAC the tuition per semester was $7,680 and the cost of the on campus (Great Wilkins Halls) was about $3,115 for fall and for spring about $4,531.

Reviews

97%
based on 44 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Marissa
10/10

Study Abroad in Brighton

My semester in Brighton was absolutely amazing! I had so much fun and made so many great friends. I really found a new home in Brighton. I loved all of the field trips we went on and really enjoyed emmersing myself more into the culture and history of England. The university was great and offered a wide variety of classes that aligned perfectly with my studies in Colorado. The city center was a great place to hang out, grab a bite, or hang out at the arcade. The program advisors were awesome and really made us feel welcomed in a new country and university. I lived on campus with 7 other flat mates and we each had our own bedroom and bathroom. The university supplied all of our bedding, towels, and kitchen items to lessen the burden of having to bring them or buy them ourselves. I would definitely recommend that you check out this program because it was the best experience of my life!

Response from University of Brighton

The 'best experience of your life' - we are so pleased to hear that and will continue to try and ensure that all future study abroad students at the University of Brighton feel the same.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kathy
10/10

Life changing

Everything about this experience was life changing. My first time on a plane was to England. I didn't know a single soul. Somehow, by the end of the five months, I made life-long friendships with people all around the world, including England. Most of them were my international flatmates that shared their time with me in Brighton.

Beautiful, unique Brighton. If I could compare it to anywhere else, it would resemble San Francisco: cold/rainy and openly weird. It's the perfect place to be if you like art, music, and beer.

I wish I could better express how Brighton makes me feel. While I felt homesick at times, my only regret was not saying "yes" to go do things and see places more often.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to live closer to town instead of on Falmer campus which is about a 20 minute bus ride if I remember correctly.
Response from University of Brighton

We're so glad to hear that your study abroad experience at the University of Brighton was 'life changing'.
We house our students on the Falmer campus in order for the study abroad students to have easy access to the office should they have any concerns or questions. Thanks for your comment, however. I hope you found the transport links efficient enough to travel to and from classes without any problem.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexis
10/10

As Nike says, JUST DO IT!! My experience - Fall 2012

To say this was one of the best experiences of my life would be a complete understatement! I had an amazing opportunity to study abroad with USAC program via my home university, California State University Chico. I decided to attend Brighton University because 1. I had always wanted to visit England due to the amazing English accents (typical) and 2. I wanted to have a unique experience and Brighton was right on the ocean. I had heard from many people it was like the San Francisco of England so I figured it would be my home away from home :)

I can go on and on how much of an amazing experience I had. From meeting people from all parts of the world, traveling to difference countries and attending fun planned field trips with my peers/ mentors (Mary and Becca), and just exploring Brighton itself with all the lovely pubs and the true English culture that it offered.

But what is most important for me to mention is how AMAZING both Becca and Mary were in my transition into settling in and enjoying my overall experience. I had quickly come to learn that no matter how "prepared" one can be, nothing will ever go the way expected and planned while traveling into a new environment.

Prior to arriving to Brighton, my University had provided a list of classes that were offered at Brighton and that would transfer credit back to my home University. On my first week of school at Brighton, a whole group of us had learned that the classes we originally selected were only offered Spring semester, not Fall. PANIC fled my body as I questioned what on earth was I going to do?? We were already missing the first week of studies at Brighton University and on top of it, I did not want to fall behind in school and be forced to take an extra semester back at home.

A group of us rushed to Mary and Becca's office in complete distress and frustration with this huge miscommunication. Now if I were them, I would have thought this group of students were complete frantic animals due to how scattered brained, lost and panicked we acted. Instead, they welcomed us in their office with their warm hearts and tea and told us not to worry. Everything was going to work out just fine, we just needed to take a deep breath and relax. It brings back a smile to my face reminiscing on the situation with how they calmly took charge and helped each and every one of us with finding substitute classes even if it took more time out of their personal day. It truly shows how much they really care and want every student to enjoy their overall experience. They are the true backbone of the program and made me feel so welcomed in my overall experience.

How can this program be improved?
Overall, this program is amazing and I have no negative comments from my experience. One thing that I recommend which is just my personal opinion is that when it comes to the living situation on campus (which was simple, easy and overall very clean and safe), I would have liked to have the exchange students be spread out amongst the English students living on campus as well. I think this would be beneficial in meeting locals, receiving recommendations and experiencing places and things they are already familiar with, and overall just learning more about the English culture since your practically living with them. During my abroad experience all the exchange students were in the back section together, so we were all navigating the unknown like one blind dog leading the next lol it was still fun to say the least!
Response from University of Brighton

Thanks for the ringing endorsement! We're so happy coming to the University of Brighton was one of the best experiences of your life; and that Mary and Becca were instrumental in this.
Thank you for your comment about the living arrangements. The study abroad students 'time-frame' is different to the 'home students' so logistically it makes sense to house them all together. Hopefully the close proximity of the other flats allowed you to easily meet students of other nationalities, this as you say hugely enriches the experience.
Hopefully we'll see you for a visit soon!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenn
10/10

Forever will be the best decision of my life

I decided to study abroad in Brighton because it was an english-speaking country, it was right on the ocean, and would offer me countless and amazing experiences. I studied here in the fall of 2014.

I was majoring in exercise science at the time, so I took one class at the Falmer campus, and then had to travel to Eastbourne to go to my other classes because Eastbourne is where the exercise science buildings are. Traveling to the Eastbourne campus from Paddock Fields (on Falmer campus) was kind of a pain because I had to walk to the train station, take the train for around 45 minutes, and then walk another 20ish minutes to class. However, this was when I found my love for trains, my love for travel... I was able to just sit on the train and look out the window, and it actually forced me to get out there and see more of England. The mandatory class, British Culture, was pretty easy and fun because we took it with our flatmates/other USAC students. The other two classes I took had very supportive professors that I still think about to this day.

Support wise, Becca and Mary were nothing short of amazing. Seriously. (PS. I Miss you guys!!) I don't know how they put up with us constantly, but they did. They are like your parents over there and we always had fun going to their office just to chat. Shoutout to you guys, and thank you for making our field trips unforgettable!

If I could rank "fun" on a scale of 1-10, it would be a 100. Seriously, I had the time of my life in Brighton. Whether it was traveling to class, hanging out with my flatmates, going downtown at night, visiting the beach and the Laines during the day, ice skating at the Royal Pavillion, and traveling on the weekends, it was fun all of the time. Honestly, the first couple weeks I barely slept because I didn't want to miss anything.

Housing was decent. I lived in a flat in Paddock Fields. The room is pretty small, with a bathroom/shower included. There is no barrier between the bathroom part and the shower part so that usually left for some wet floors. The bed was pretty small and uncomfortable. I lived on a flat with 7 other people, and there was a common area with couches, the kitchen, the tv, etc. The kitchen only had two mini fridgerators, which was a little too limited for 8 people living in one flat. However, I made some of my best friends to this day on that floor, and in Paddock Fields. It was in a good location on Falmer campus, and it was pretty. It was a bummer to do laundry because we had to walk outside to get to the laundromat and it was usually raining! Also just want to note that in order to get to the grocery stores downtown, you have to take a 20 minute bus ride, which can get rather tedious and frustrating when you have lots of bags of groceries and you have to travel outside with no car. There is a website (can't remember what it is called) where you can get groceries delivered though!

Safety was never an issue. I always felt safe in Brighton.

Overall, my experience in Brighton was one I will never forget. I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend you study abroad here. It is not as busy as London, but you still get the "city" feel, and it reminds me a lot of San Francisco. It is a lovely little quaint town right on the water with a fun pebbly beach, entertaining pubs (go to the Hobgoblin), and cute shops. I strongly suggest just riding the bus around one day to really take in the beauty Brighton and Hove have to offer. I learned so much about myself, about other cultures, and about England when I lived here. I also was lucky enough to travel to 12 other countries while I studied there, really broadening my horizons on Europe and the United Kingdom. I literally could go on and on about how amazing this study abroad experience was. You will have the time of your life, and will likely meet friends that you will be in contact with forever. I am forever grateful for the time I spent in Brighton, the experiences, and the friends I made.

I also wrote a blog while I studied abroad if you wanted to read it to get more detailed aspects and pictures of the trip: https://jennstudyabroad.wordpress.com

Response from University of Brighton

We're really glad you chose Brighton as your study abroad destination - that you found the 'professors supportive', 'Mary and Becca nothing short of amazing' and it ranked 100 on the fun scale! We're so pleased that you had such a great experience.
Thank you for your helpful comments.
We hope you were notified that the sports science classes were delivered at Eastbourne prior to your arrival, so it wasn't too much of a surprise! We hope what with the train travel to Eastbourne and the bus travel to the grocery store you are now a dab-hand at getting round Sussex on public transport!
We hope to see you back in Brighton one day.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christopher
10/10

2012-2013 - It felt like home.

I don't really know where to start. Its 5 years on and I still think about being there. The best decision I've made so far was spending a year in Brighton. Mary and Becca were brilliant, stopped by and seen them at least weekly, full of stories, helpful hints, information on acclimation. Plus they are both wonderful people. The Royal Pavilion Tavern was a home away from home, though it looks like they have changed some sense when me and my flat mates frequented the place. Bonfire night, 5th of November in Lewes. The things I remember most about that was a whole roasting pig, the smell of cordite from the cannons and smoke from the fires. Brighton its self is in a nice location, it was quick and easy to get into London and travel. I don't have any regrets about the decision to go. Educationally and personally it was the best decision I made.

P.s The stereotype about British food is a total lie, the food was AMAZING.

Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for your positive comments and we're glad five years on Brighton is still very much in your thoughts.
But most of all thank you for the ringing endorsement regarding British food!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shelley
10/10

I Miss It

There are a lot of people in my life who got married and pregnant a week after getting their high school diplomas, but I've always considered myself more of a wanderer. Brighton is perfect for just that: wandering. Mary and Becca have perfected the study abroad experience. They plan these fabulous trips, and you need to take every single one. One of the first things they do is help you learn the short and easy way to and around London, where I found myself several weekends. You might even be thinking that you would rather live in London; but Brighton's cheaper cost of living, pace, and location put me in the perfect position to be a student abroad. This study abroad experience is not just a photo op for Facebook or a checklist of places to see. It creates a hunger to get out of complacency and live somewhere new and exciting. Even now I'm thinking of how jealous I am that you have this opportunity. Don't let money, time, paperwork, or advice keep you from taking this chance. Saying yes to this, will help you say yes again. Don't be scared. However, if you are, talk to Mary and Becca!

How can this program be improved?
Mary and Becca get this every year, but I wish the trip to Paris was longer! It's too perfect to be so short! But they have their reasons, bless them.
Response from University of Brighton

We're really happy to hear that Brighton satisfied your wanderlust!
Thank you for your comments. The study abroad staff are on hand to help you navigate your way through this new experience.
As you know cost and time restrictions can't allow for the Paris field trip to be any longer - we hope by coming on our two night trip we give you a 'taste' of what Paris has to offer and the confidence to return to it at a later date to explore further.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Aisha
7/10

Open, friendly and an amazing city

The support from the study abroad team (aka Becca and Mary) at Brighton Uni is amazing. They're both so much fun, and are so happy to help. The University is a very open one, welcoming students from all around the world, and it was nice being the only Aussie in the programme, and being able to mix with students from Asia, the States and other parts of Europe too. I'm still friends with other students who I met, a couple of which were also study abroad students and a couple who were British students at the University of Brighton full time.
The range of subjects available is diverse, and I managed to find units that contributed directly to my major back home in Melbourne.

How can this program be improved?
The only negative (although you could see it as a positive) was that I found the workload very light compared to my Melbourne University with very few official assessments compared to assessments almost every week back home. Made it easy to get through the year academically, but I personally would have rathered a more challenging syllabus!
Response from University of Brighton

I'm pleased to hear that you found the University to be 'welcoming' and 'open' and you have made 'international' friendships that I hope stay with you.
Thank you for your helpful comments about the workload - I hope the lack of challenge didn't spoil your time here.
We hope you come back to visit us one day!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nathan
10/10

Book Brighton Now

Where to start!!? My time spent in Brighton was seriously the best! Such a great city with heaps to do and lots to see. Make sure u try a burger at burger brothers, see Brighton & Hove Albion play at The Amex (literally next door to the Falmer campus), have a drink or 10 at the King and queen, check out the great live music scene including the great escape festival and wonder through the north laines which is full of cool cafes and shops.
The people you meet and become good friends with make the whole experience ten times better and Mary and Becca really are the best. Only problem was that they love a good old cup of tea and still weren't able to get me liking it after 6 months. Lol but honestly I had a blast, and even got to visit another 12 countries in the middle of/after the program which was amazing

Response from University of Brighton

We're happy to hear that your time in Brighton was 'the best!' We hope for that for each and every study abroad student.
You'll have to come back to Brighton so that we can persuade you to try another cup of tea!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Julia
10/10

I don't know what to title this, but go to Brighton!

Hi, I'm Julia and I studied abroad at the University of Brighton in the fall of 2014. If you're reading this because you are considering this program, I want to tell you: "Go do it!". Here's why:
Firstly, there is Becca and Mary. Without them I would not have been able to come to Brighton in the first place. There was no cooperation between my uni and the UoB, but Becca and I exchanged countless Emails until it was possible for me to study abroad in Brighton. Mary and Becca are generally just very supportive and so clearly love their jobs! They plan great little activities like Pizza parties and the field trips that allow you to explore some beautiful places in England.
Secondly, go for the city of Brighton. Brighton is not as hectic as London, but there is still a lot going on. My favorite things about Brighton are the seafront, the little cute and crazy shops and cafes and the music scene. There is usually a free concert somewhere!
Finally, this program will allow you to meet people from all over this planet. While I am from Germany, my flatmates were from the US, Japan and England. That was pretty cool!
I still like to think back to my time in Brighton, even two years later! :) I honestly could not imagine a better study abroad experience.

Response from University of Brighton

Thank you Julia for recommending this programme. We hope any potential JSA student reading your review decides to 'Go do it!' too.
We're really happy that your study abroad experience at the University of Brighton met with your expectations, and hope to see you back here one day for a visit.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyuwon
10/10

Literally Heaven

I studied at University of Brighton for a year in 2014. To be honest, I hadn't been really familiar with the city and the college before I got there, but I ended up totally loving this fascinating city, people, and its incredible atmosphere. Brighton, being located on the Southern seaside of England, is one of the most closest cities from London. Yet it holds it own distinctness which embraces all different ways of lifestyle, fashion, idea, and culture. The college is full of polite, but welcoming staffs and students from all around the world with their amazing life stories. I will never forget the moments I had there, people I got to know, streets I walked, and beers and teas I drank(maybe too much).

Response from University of Brighton

'Literally heaven' - what more to say!
We hope to see you for a visit one day. We'll have the kettle on!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sabrina
10/10

Life-changing!

I honestly feel like I grew through my experience there. Besides the fact that it was my first trip out of the US, I had the time of my life. The night life is great, and as soon as you find the place you want to go, its the best thing ever! The other students there are so helpful and friendly. Although it takes awhile to meet people and hang out, its definitely a great opportunity!
dont be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! I wish I would have done more in regard of exploring.
to be fair, the living situation was a bit off and there were complaints from other people, but I didn't mind it, really. The shower area in the rooms was my only true complaint. There was very little space to shave, if im being honest. XP

Yes, I recommend this program
Paige
9/10

Amazing Program

I was nervous about studying abroad but this program was everything I dreamed of and more! Becca and Mary were so helpful throughout the entire process. The town was so vibrant and close to other places. The classes were interesting and the professors made international students comfortable and welcome. The field trips were awesome and added so much to the program. If you're even thinking about doing this program- do it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Stephanie
10/10

COME TO BRIGHTON

Studying in Brighton was the best decision I have ever made! Mary, Becca, and Zoe are super helpful and friendly. They set up your schedule for you, and they planned it out so the majority of us had 3 or 4 days of class per week. This meant that we had a lot of free days to travel. During my 3 months here, I was able to visit Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, and France. Brighton was very convenient for traveling. You can just hop on the train and it takes you directly to Gatwick Airport. Aside from personal travel, you have the Program Field Trips. I went to all of them and I think they are 100% worth going to. I went to places that I never would've gone on my own! Becca and Mary give you plenty of free time to wander the cities on the field trips as well. As tempting as it is to travel all across Europe, make sure to spend quality time in Brighton. It's the cutest little city with a picturesque pier. There's so much to do, whether you go to afternoon tea or shop around in the Lanes, and everyone is so friendly! There's a train that takes you from campus right into Brighton, and there are constant buses that do the same! I've met some amazing people and had the time of my life here in Brighton!

How can this program be improved?
It would have been cool to live in a dorm with a mix of both international and British students.
Yes, I recommend this program
Becca
10/10

Best Decision Ever!

I decided to study abroad at the University of Brighton for the 2015-2016 school year and it was one of the greatest decisions that I've ever made! Mary and Becca are some of the best advisors that I've had, and they were always there for me whenever I emailed them or stopped by their office. You can tell that they love their job and really care about the students that come to the University. Brighton is also just a great place to live. The beach, shopping, general atmosphere, and people make it one of the most vibrant towns I've ever lived in! Also, the hour train journey to London is a big plus. I've only been back to America for three months and I already miss it! Another great aspect about this program is the many field trips that they offer. If you have the opportunity and means to go on the field trips, do it! Mary and Becca do a great job coordinating these and it's a great bonding experience with other students and will bring you closer to everyone. I met some of the best people while in England, and I know that I'll stay friends with them for life. Even though it gets like, super cold in the winter, I'd give anything to sit on that pebble beach again!

How can this program be improved?
I think immersing study abroad students with other British students would have been beneficial for us. All of the study abroad students are placed into the same building essentially, which is great for bonding us together, but doesn't let us get to know the locals as much!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Casey
9/10

University of Brighton study abroad review

After making the decision to study abroad, I am so glad that I chose to go to the University of Brighton. The atmosphere of the college was amazing and the Mary and Becca in the study abroad office were amazing. I would fly back to England just to see them again. I met some friends that will be my friends for a lifetime, and the field trips offered to Paris, Stonehenge, Oxford, etc. were all very fun to go on. I would go back in a heart beat and would recommend this school and this experience to anyone!

How can this program be improved?
I feel that this program doesn't have much room for improvement because I thought it was amazing as is! If I could suggest an improvement would be getting to spend more time with our advisers Mary and Becca because seeing them once or twice a week was not enough because of how amazing they were.
Yes, I recommend this program

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