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You can apply to spend a summer abroad at a summer school after the first or second year of your course.

About overseas summer schools

Taking part in a summer school is a great opportunity to add a funded international dimension to your degree at Sussex. We offer summer school opportunities in Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as online study programmes, so you can enrich your studies and experience a new culture while learning. Summer school programmes are three to six weeks long and include academic, cultural and language courses.

This is a great opportunity to study with another prestigious global university and meet students (virtually or in-person) from around the world. You'll develop skills by working with students from a range of different countries and cultures, and you can enhance your studies at Sussex by studying something completely different. The programmes do not count towards your degree, but are a fantastic opportunity for you to experience life at an international university.

At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate. You can list this certificate on your CV to show employers your experience abroad.

Some of our opportunities at summer schools include a bursary towards the cost.

Summer school opportunities

  • Global Excellence Summer Programme (GESP)

    Important: Applications for this scheme are now closed for 2021/22.

    The Global Excellence Summer Programme scheme gives you the opportunity to apply for a summer school experience either in-person or virtually. You can choose from summer schools at several of our prestigious partner universities. Summer schools are a great way to gain international experience outside of your degree at Sussex. You can study subjects related to your degree or try something new. Its a way to meet students and academics from around the world and enhance your CV with global experience in a competitive job market.

    Deadline for applications: applications closed

  • Global International Learning Summer School

    Important: Applications for the Global International Learning Summer School will open in December 2022. Applications can be made through the Career Hub.

    This summer school opportunity is open to Foundation and first year students only. The following underrepresented groups will be prioritised:

    • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
    • disabled students
    • students who are residents in certain postcodes
    • mature students (students who have started an undergraduate degree aged 21 or over)
    • students who are care experienced or estranged
    • students from military families
    • students from refugee or forced migrant families
    • students from Gypsy, Romany or Traveller families
    • students in receipt of the Sussex Bursary (Foundation, and Year 1).

    You can apply to take part in an International Summer School either in person and add a fully-funded international dimension to your Sussex degree.

    You can choose modules related to your degree to further your knowledge in the subject or study something completely different to expand your academic interests.

    For Summer 2023, you will have the opportunity to studay at the following universities:


    You will have the opportunity to experience international teaching and meet students from around the world. The credits received will not count towards your degree, but you will receive a certificate or transcript at the end of the course. This global opportunity will enhance your CV and further your international experience as you progress through your Sussex degree.

    A bursary will be offered to cover the tuition fees for the summer school, accommodation and the insurance costs. The bursary will also contributes towards the flight and living costs while there. Please be aware that this opportunity is not fully funded and you will also be required to use some of your own funds.

    Deadline for applications: applications closed

For further details please contact Lucy Cahalin: l.cahalin@sussex.ac.uk

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