The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and since then has established an international reputation for the quality of its research and for its innovative and effective styles of teaching. The total student population is around 10,000, of whom about 25% are from outside the UK. The campus is small enough to be friendly, yet sufficiently large to offer a lively social scene. Lecture halls, seminar rooms, libraries, laboratories, housing, restaurants, bars and sports facilities are all within easy walking distance.
The campus is situated in a beautiful area amidst rolling hills just a few minutes from the lively south coast resort of Brighton. Known for its eccentric and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Brighton is a wonderful place to be a student, with plenty of boutiques, open-air cafes, theaters, pubs and a cutting-edge club scene. Brighton is less than an hour's train journey from central London and well placed for international travel. The city is 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport, and Sussex is also ideally located for trips across the English Channel to mainland Europe. View a video about the International Summer School and Brighton.
International Summer School courses carry 15 credits (equivalent to 4 UMass) and last for four weeks. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 25 to 35 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments.
The Sussex system of teaching is based around intensive, small-group teaching and learning activities. Seminar groups are usually limited to 12 students, and are rarely more than 15. Most of the science courses will be taught through lectures, workshops and labs, so numbers are less restricted. In choosing a science course you should be aware that you will have many more required class hours than students on arts and humanities courses.
All Summer School students living on campus will be housed in the brand new Northfields site and in Lewes Court, in single en-suite rooms. This means that each room has its own bathroom. You can also live off campus in privately rented accommodation if you prefer. Be aware, however, that Brighton is a tourist centre, and prices rise in the summer months.
All university accommodation is self-catering with shared kitchen facilities where you can cook your own meals. The price of accommodation is £135 per week and this includes all utilities and a linen bale (which contains a duvet, duvet cover, sheet, pillow and pillowcase, and a towel). For more information on the location of the accommodation and to see photos, visit the residential services website.
Please submit your application form on time - Sussex is unable to guarantee housing to late applicants. Family accommodation on campus is very limited so please enquire early.
There are many dining facilities on-campus, including a self-service restaurant, a coffee shop, take-away food outlets, and bars. Campus shops include grocery stores, a bookshop, newsagent, post office, pharmacy, launderette, insurance office and two banks.