Why Study Here?

  • Location– nestled between rolling hills and the blue sea, it's easy to feel at home in Brighton. Described by Lonely Planet as 'one of England's gems', the city is lively and cosmopolitan with a friendly, relaxed vibe.
  • League tables – national league tables have put many of our subjects in the UK's top 10 or 20, including business and management, engineering, media, computer sciences, politics and international relations.
  • Employability – 96% of our 2013 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation (HESA – Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2014).
  • Ground-breaking research.
  • Inspirational alumni – our global alumni network is a tribute to the passion, creativity and determination of Sussex graduates. We've counted leaders in academia, business, media, politics and public service among our former students, with prominent graduates including:

Shamshad Akhtar, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC News
Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa
Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winning novelist
Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana
Zhang Xin, property developer and co-founder of SOHO China
Hilary Benn, former UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Outstanding staff – our world-renowned academic staff work at the cutting edge of their fields. We've counted Nobel Prize winners, Fellows of the Royal Society, Fellows of the British Academy and winners of the prestigious Crafoord Prize among our faculty. In addition, several of our staff have won National Teaching Fellowship Scheme awards, acknowledging their outstanding contribution to our students' learning experience.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • For undergraduate degrees the university normally requires IELTS: 6.5 overall, (with minimum 6.0 in each of the four sections).
  • For mathematics, physics and astronomy programmes, the requirement is 6.0 overall (with no band below 6.0).
  • For social work the requirement is 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in each section).
  • For medicine the requirement is IELTS 7.5 (with minimum 7.0 in each section).
  • GCSE and TOEFL are also accepted. Please visit the website for equivalences.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £14,800 £14,800
Mixed - -
Laboratory £18,300 £18,300
Clinical £28,000 -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The University offers a variety of undergraduate international scholarships including the Chancellors International Scholarships and the Sussex Excellence Scholarships.
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Students will be sent an International Students Handbook, which contains full details about the welcome programme and other useful information for new students upon arrival.
  • During the main welcome and arrival weekend in September, representatives from the University of Sussex will be at Heathrow and Gatwick airports at various times to welcome students to the UK. The representatives will answer any questions as well as direct students to the coaches and trains to Brighton.
  • The University also offers a free coach service from London Heathrow during welcome weekend.
  • Sussex International Student Support Team organises an orientation programme of events to provide students with information and help in adjusting to life in the UK and at Sussex.
  • The programme of events covers immigration, teaching, banking and finance, housing, welfare, sports, IT/computing and library facilities. There are also social events to help students make friends.

Accommodation for International Students

  • We guarantee university-managed accommodation for all international students for the first year of their undergraduate degree programme – housing applications must arrive at the Housing Office before the 1 August deadline.
  • All of the accommodation at Sussex is self-catering and students prepare their own food in shared kitchens. There are plenty of cafés on campus.
  • All on-campus rooms have both a wired and WiFi broadband internet connection. WiFi connection is provided in the smaller off campus houses.  Students will need to bring their own computers/laptops.
  • Students of all nationalities – UK and international – and both sexes, are normally integrated within each residence. However, students can request an international-only, female-single- sex only or postgraduate-only flat.
  • Most of the university-managed accommodation is on the Sussex campus, although there is also accommodation in Brighton, just a short bus or train journey from the campus.
  • Tenancies run throughout the winter and spring vacations so students are able to stay on campus in their accommodation. The majority of students will need to move out of university accommodation at the end of their first year and enter the private rented sector for their continuing years at Sussex. The Housing Office offers students help with this.
  • The cost of single rooms ranges from £83.34 to £148.32 per week (2015–16).

Organisations for International Students

  • The University of Sussex Students' Union (USSU) is the focus of many student activities on campus. It runs over 180 societies and 30 sports teams and organises a calendar of meetings, club nights, film screenings and arts events.
  • The university supports a wide range of societies: academic, arts and performance, community action, cultural identity, social action, specialised interest, and spiritual and religious.