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Learn about what’s involved when you study abroad for a year.

Studying abroad for a year

As an undergraduate Sussex student, you can study abroad in a variety of ways and at a wide range of worldwide destinations. Most undergraduate students can apply for an additional voluntary year spent studying abroad.

We have one of the best study abroad programmes in the UK with over 170 universities worldwide for you to choose from. This includes high-ranking universities in the United States and study opportunities in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

You can apply to study abroad on all of our undergraduate courses (some offer a guaranteed study abroad year). Where you can study abroad will depend on your course and the availability and number of places at the partner university.

If you successfully apply to study abroad for a year, your course is extended by a year and you’ll go abroad in Year 3.

Foreign language skills

Even if you don’t speak another language, there are plenty of destinations for you to choose from.

You can study at:

  • English-speaking destinations like the US or Australia
  • our partner universities in Asia, all of which offer courses taught in English
  • selected universities in Europe which have academic courses in English.

However, if your foreign language skills are far enough advanced, you may be able to go to a university usually reserved for one of our Language degree students. You will need to take a language exam after applying. If you choose to do this, no allowance can be made for any low marks resulting from this.

Marks from modules studied abroad

You need to pass modules you take while you’re abroad. You need to take the equivalent of 120 credits whilst abroad, and gain an average converted mark of 40 or above, in order to pass the year and gain the ‘with a study abroad year’ suffix in your degree title. The study abroad mark will not count towards your overall degree classification

The modules taken at the university abroad are in addition to those taken at Sussex, and there is a degree of flexibility with the academic programme that students have whilst at the partner university. You will follow a full course load at the host university and you will bring your official transcript back to Sussex.

Eligibility for studying abroad

Before you start completing your application forms, you must be sure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria:

  • academic record – if you are applying for a full additional voluntary year abroad, you must have achieved 50% in stage 1 and maintain a good academic standard in stage 2. Most of our partner universities will require students to be working at a minimum of 60% across all modules. If you are applying to study a semester or a year as an integrated Masters degree student, you must have achieved 60% in stage 1 and stage 2. Should you fall below these marks, you will be automatically disqualified from studying abroad.
  • a good attendance record - students with poor attendance may not be authorised to study abroad by their department at Sussex.
  • a complete application pack received by the deadline.
  • consent of the Student Support Unit (if applicable).

If you are in receipt of a US Federal Loan you will not be eligible to apply for Study Abroad or the Global Excellence Summer Programme.

How to apply to study abroad

You’ll apply for a place through the Global Mobility team, usually in the first term of the year before you are planning to go abroad.

Find out how to apply.


Study abroad for a year on your integrated Masters course

You can study for a year abroad on your four year Physics MPhys or Mathematics MMath course.

This is a variation of studies and incorporated within the 4-year programme of your Physics MPhys or Mathematics MMath degree. You’ll study abroad during your third year. Modules you study while at a partner university will replace your modules for that year.

You will follow a full year of study at the host university and will bring an official transcript back to Sussex at the end of the year abroad. Marks achieved will be converted to Sussex marks and will contribute towards your degree classification.

To study abroad during your third year you must achieve a minimum of 60% in years 1 and 2. Students who fall below the above percentage marks will not be considered.

If you have completed two years at Sussex and the year abroad, you will not be allowed to revert to the 3-year BSc programme and graduate.

How to apply to study abroad

You'll apply for a place through the Global Mobility team.

Find out how to apply.

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