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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 02/05/2019 06/15/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Non-Rutgers Students:
Yes Resident Director: Catherine Charlton
Program Description:
The Program
  • Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex is located on a campus four miles outside Brighton and adjacent to the rolling Sussex Downs. The University of Sussex is a well-regarded research university that ranks very high in American Studies, Chemistry, Politics, and Art History
  • You need never be bored at Sussex. As well as the variety of activities and sports facilities offered in Brighton, there is a wide range of on-campus opportunities to fill your spare time
  • The best thing about the campus is that everything is so convenient, with lectures and social and sports facilities just a short walk away. The campus has most of the facilities you will need, including a supermarket with a post office and a newsagent, a weekly market, launderettes, banks and a bookshop.
Your Host City: Brighton
Brighton is a lively seaside city on England’s south coast, an hour by train from London. It grew to prominence in the late eighteenth century when it was a popular destination for members of the royal family. Today the city remains popular with day-trippers from London who come to enjoy its seven miles of beaches, pubs, and nightlife. In recent years the city has flourished, giving rise to stylish boutiques and restaurants, festivals, music, and a vibrant arts scene.

Medicine and Education are not open to exchange students; in Media Studies, Creative Production and Creative Media have restricted number of places and priority is given to students taking majors in Media and related subjects.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Sussex website.
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. If you will be studying in the fall term only, you need to choose courses that are offered in the “autumn” term. If you will be studying in the spring term only, you will choose courses in the “spring” and/or “summer” terms. The spring and summer terms together constitute one spring semester, so do not worry if your course is listed as part of the “summer” term: this simply means that it takes place after your spring break in March-April. Do check that your selected course is not a year-long if you only plan to study abroad for a single semester.

Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 4,” “Level 5,” and “Level 6” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2.  Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Sussex and Rutgers University. That means that you will take 60 Sussex credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester.  The credit translation system between Sussex and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Sussex will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Sussex web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Due to increased accommodation pressures, housing is very limited.  The University of Sussex now houses students in hotels formerly used by language schools, close to the seafront in Hove (adjacent to Brighton).  The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the main bus route to the university, and near to Hove station, with the train taking 20 minutes to the Falmer campus. Students have particularly enjoyed being on the seafront, in Brighton and Hove, and the social spaces at the hotel. Rooms are shared en-suite rooms in the hotel.  Information on the hotel with details of prices, location and photography can be found here:

There are also homestay options (vetted by the University) in commuting distance of the campus.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship.  This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it.  Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website. 

BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.  For more information please visit the BUTEX website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.