Sussex, University of

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university which broadens its students’ perspectives. Sussex is ranked number one in the world for Development Studies (QS World Rankings 2018) and is a top-20 UK university (The Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2018). Sussex is also in the top 50 in the world for Business and Economics, Media and Communications, International Relations, Geography and Politics and 53rd in the world for Law (THE World Rankings 2018). 

Interdisciplinarity, intellectual challenge and creative thinking have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. We have courses across the full spectrum of Arts, Humanities Science and applied Science, and offer courses in as varied as Accounting and Finance, Social Work, Anthropology and Zoology and Medicine. 

We also have extensive links to a number of institutions worldwide including Peking University, National Taiwan University and the University of Oslo. Students are actively encouraged to spend up to a year studying or working in another country, as part of Sussex Choice.

Fantastic Location 

The Sussex campus has one of the most beautiful locations in Britain. Situated in rolling parkland, Sussex combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. Sussex is well-served by train, bus and road while cycling is also popular. It is just nine minutes from the bustling city of Brighton, an hour from London and 30 minutes away from an international airport.


A sunny seaside city with the buzz of London – there can be few better places to be a student than Brighton. Brighton’s seafront is the ideal place to soak up the sun in the summer, or take refreshing walks on crisp, sunny days in the winter. Along the prom you’ll find cafés, bars and nightclubs, as well as beach and water sports.

The Lanes is a maze of alleyways crammed with quirky boutiques, antique jewellery shops and tempting cafés, bars and restaurants. North Laine has one of the largest selections of independent shops on England's South Coast and is a perfect spot to grab a coffee and watch the world go by. 

Music is a way of life in Brighton. Walk around the city and you might bump into legends past and present who’ve found a home in this unique location. With gigs every night of the week, you’re bound to find something for you. Or if festivals are your thing then there’s lots on offer, with England’s largest arts festival, the Brighton Festival, and The Great Escape, the UK’s leading showcase for new music.

If you would like to enquire about studying at University of Sussex, please contact one of our UK Study Experts.

Student population: 18,000

Number of international students: over 5,000 from 140 different countries

City population: 290,000

Location: Brighton, 1 hour from London

Closest airports: London Gatwick (30 min by train) 

Date of establishment: 1961

Areas of expertise: Development Studies (ranked 1st in the world by QS world rankings), Engineering, Economics, Life Sciences (Nobel Prize) and Physics.

Cost of Tuition per year: from £16,750 per year (2019/20)

Scholarship available: For Postgraduate students, the Chancellor’s International scholarship (50% fee reduction) is available to students from the USA and Canada. Ask your advisor for details. 

Accommodation cost: from £119 per week

Notable alumni: 

  • Zhang Xin
  • George Saitoti
  • Shamshad Akhtar
  • Guy Scott
  • Dimitri Nanopoulos
  • David Clary
  • Ruwan Wijewardene
  • Kamau Brathwaite
  • Calestous Juma
  • Mateusz Szczurek
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Thabo Mbeki
  • Billy Idol
  • Liam Hackett
  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada
  • Bogolo Kenewendo

January 15th deadline

If you're thinking of applying, consider applying before January 15th! While generally the 15 January UCAS deadline doesn't apply to international students, there are some exceptions and it helps to beat the rush of UK/EU students who will be submitting.  

We can help you apply ASAP!

Graduate Scholarships at Sussex for Fall 2016!

Scholarships now available for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Taught programs at the University of Sussex. If  you have applied to or are considering applying to an undergraduate program at Sussex, you may qualify for the first-year Sussex Excellence Scholarship, valued at £3,000. Students applying to Post-Graduate Taught programs may qualify for one of twenty-five Chancellor's International Scholarship, which amounts to a 50% tuition fee discount.

Study at Sussex in 2016. It's your chance to change things.

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