Study Abroad at the University of Brighton in England
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(40 Reviews)

Study Abroad at the University of Brighton in England

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
United Kingdom
Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Subject Areas
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Cultural Studies
Earth Sciences
English Literature
Degree Level
Academic Year
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
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Age Requirement
Language Requirement
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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.

Program Reviews

based on 40 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.7
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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

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
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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
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Brighton is amazing!

I made the best decision by deciding to study abroad in Brighton. I had the time of my life and met so many amazing people. The staff was also awesome, very nice and would help you with literally anything. If I had the chance to visit again I would in a heartbeat! Brighton is a cool unique city and has a really good night life! I made so many memories in Brighton that I will cherish forever. I was also able to visit many different countries while in Brighton because transportation was good and reasonably priced. Brighton will forever have a place in my heart!

Yes, I recommend


Studying abroad in Brighton has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. The thought of studying an entire year on the other side of the world was extremely daunting and terrifying. Mary, Becca, and Zoe have been so accommodating and will care for you as one of their own. They have been so helpful through my entire study abroad journey and even after as well. Studying abroad is an experience that is irreplaceable. I have learned so much about myself and the world around me that I could not have learned if I just stayed home.

How can this program be improved?
I think having the opportunity to live with other locals would have been better instead of mostly just other Americans. Getting to know the locals are apart of a great experience.
Yes, I recommend
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Take me back to Brighton and my amazing semester!

Studying abroad was the highlight of my college experience and I owe most of that statement to Brighton. The staff were helpful, kind and willing to take that extra step to make each and every one of our experiences amazing! Honestly, the University of Brighton offered a challenge due to the difference between our educational system and the English system, yet it was a refreshing change and not too hard to assimilate. If anything sold me to this program, it was the city and I was not disappointed. Brighton was a vibrant and high energy city that kept us all busy and happy the entire five months I was in England. There was always events to attend and new restaurants to try! Overall, I had a wonderful five months spent in Brighton and I value all of the memories I made there and hold them close to my heart.

Yes, I recommend
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Brighton is Amazing!!

Deciding to study abroad in Brighton was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. Zoe, Mary, and Becca are absolutely amazing at supporting the students and the rest of Brighton only improved the experience that much more. On a quite warm day, me and a few friends went down to the Brighton Pier to ride all of the rides and eat some delicious ice cream. Hands down one of my favorite days I spent in Brighton. It is a wonderful and charming little beach town, while only a short train ride away from the hustle and bustle of London. Brighton is the perfect location for anything you might want to accomplish while you're in England and I highly suggest choosing Brighton as your study abroad location! Such a fantastic experience!

Yes, I recommend

About University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a community of over 21,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Our Study Abroad Programme offers international students the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses...