Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

England, The University of Sussex

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Program Location: Brighton, England
Duration: Fall, Spring, or Year
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The University of Sussex has a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers. This program is suited for academically independent students interested in social sciences, pure sciences, humanities, and arts (excluding studio art). The University of Sussex, located less than an hour south-east of London, is located in Falmer, on the outskirst of Brighton. The University has approximately 13,000 students, with its campus offering 200 acres of park land. Founded in 1961, Sussex is one of Britain’s newer universities.

Sussex recently changed their academic schedule and now operates on a semester system. Teaching in the arts and social sciences takes place primarily in small tutorial groups or larger seminar groups. A wide variety of lectures is also provided as support for the tutorials and seminars. The smaller group sessions meet for about an hour and a half each week. Students are to prepare for the meeting by reading background material and specific options from the course list to assist in leading discussion.

University accommodations are not guaranteed so it is highly recommended that students wishing to live on campus submit housing applications as soon as possible. Most of the housing is located on or near campus and consists of single study-bedrooms. Meals are not provided by the program. Six to twelve students share a kitchen, and students generally select to cook their own meals. The campus also has some restaurant, pub, and snack shop options. Off-campus housing in Brighton is also an option.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please note that it is not possible to take courses Pass/Fail, and overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) are not permitted. Students must take a total of 60 Sussex credits for the semester or 120 Sussex credits for the year to receive the credit equivalent of four-unit Clark semesters. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. Please check with the Study Abroad Office and your major department to ensure transferability of credit.

Eligibility

Clark requires, that prior to your study abroad program, you have been in residence at Clark for at least one year. You must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, and good standing in the Clark community (not on academic or social probation at the time of application or thereafter). Before participating in a study abroad program, you have to declare a major, and as a rule, have junior-class standing. In order to be considered, you must complete/submit the full application by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Advisory committee, and if approved, will be sent to the University of Sussex for final admission. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Sussex. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by the University of Sussex directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Sussex for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Estimated additional costs per semester for 2014-15

  • Housing - $1750 - $4000
  • Meals - $1500
  • Personal Expenses - $2200
  • Transportation - $900
  • Visa Fees - $477 (if you are there 6 months or longer or plan to work)
  • Local Transportation - $300
  • Books and Supplies - $300

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Application forms for the University of Sussex are available by appointment only (extension 7363), in the Study Abroad Office. It is essential to submit completed applications by the appropriate deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • For the fall/year - February 15
  • For the spring semester - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363 .

Any information on this page is subject to change.