University of Sussex

=146 th
World University Rankings 2020
=30 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Sussex House, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RH, United Kingdom

 The University of Sussex, near Brighton, in the south of England, was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s. Considered to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Britain, Sussex is situated in rolling parkland and combines green open spaces with award-winning architecture designed by Scottish architect Sir Basil Spence. The university prides itself on being among the most diverse and multicultural, with around a third of its staff drawn from outside the UK. It also boasts strong links with institutions around the world, including Peking University, the National Taiwan University and the Harvard-Sussex programme, which conducts research into chemical and biological weapons.



Organised across 12 schools of studies, more than a third of the university’s students are enrolled on postgraduate courses. With an extensive study abroad programme – most courses incorporate an optional overseas element – one in five of its undergraduates choose to study abroad at some point in their university career. Sussex has received positive recognition for its success in transitioning students into employment, something it attributes to its plentiful links with industry and a ‘First Generation Scholars Scheme’, which offers bursaries to assist students from low income backgrounds. It also lays claim to associations with three Nobel Prize winners, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society and 12 Fellows of the British Academy, and boasts a long history of supporting artistic endeavour. Its Arts department is home to a world-class archive called The Keep that contains manuscripts and first editions by Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and Jane Austen, while 2015 saw the opening of The Attenborough Centre: a new arts venue on campus featuring a 350-seat auditorium, a gallery, rehearsal studios and teaching space. Away from campus, Sussex students have easy access to both the South Downs National Park, as well as Brighton’s vibrant nightlife, shops and seafront.



Studying at the University of Sussex International Study Centre will develop your confidence, boost your English language skills and give you the academic knowledge you need to succeed in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex, and beyond.

We are committed to helping you have an unforgettable experience at Sussex. Our friendly staff at the International Study Centre will be on hand to provide support and advice, and you will also have full access to university facilities, so you can get involved with campus life from day one.

You will learn in a supportive environment that offers small class sizes and have the attention of individual tutors, who will introduce you to university-style assessments and teaching. You will take part in seminars, tutorials and lectures, learn how to give effective presentations and take part in classroom discussions.

The International Study Centre is just nine minutes by train from Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. The city is famous for its beautiful seafront, unique shops and markets, and thriving music and art scenes. Each year, millions of inquisitive tourists and open-minded individuals visit this inspirational city to experience its friendly and creative atmosphere.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is designed for international students who need to improve their academic levels, study skills and English language qualification before starting the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex.
• Business, Media and Social Sciences
• Science and Engineering

International Year One

International Year One is equivalent to the first year of undergraduate study. It is perfect for students who need extra support with academic levels, study skills and English language before progressing to the second year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex.
• Business and Management
• Computing
• Engineering
• Finance and Accounting
• International Relations and International Development
• Media and Film Studies


The Pre-Masters Programme is a fast-track programme to post-graduate study for international students. It is an advanced programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. Once students successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, they can enter their chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex.
• Business, Media and Social Sciences
• Science and Engineering

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Key statistics

  • 16.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 39%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 14,978
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 World University Rankings