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  • Locations: Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Suggested GPA: 3.0
Maximum Capacity: 15 per semester ICIP Required: Yes
Housing Options: Residence Hall, Student Apartment Community Based Learning: No
Ability to work abroad: Yes Board: No Board
Program Exception Flag: None Program Sponsorship: Holy Cross Office of Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Visa required for U.S. passport holders: Yes Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:

Aerial - Univ. of Sussex

Aerial view of the University of Sussex

Sussex - Brighton Pier

Photo courtesy of Hildie Hoeschen '17:  "Brighton Pier"

Summary: Surrounded by South Downes national park, University of Sussex might be the most naturally beautiful campus on offer for study abroad in the UK! It is also just a short 10-minute bus ride to Brighton city centre- a charming seaside town know for the famous Brighton Pier. Brighton’s seafront is the ideal place to soak up the sun in the summer, or take bracing walks to clear your head on winter days. Along the prom you’ll find cafés, bars and nightclubs, as well as beach and water sports. Also worth mentioning is the The Lanes: a maze of alleyways crammed with quirky boutiques, antique jewelry 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.
At University of Sussex, you are only an hour by train from London! Holy Cross students love to take advantage of all that is on offer both in Brighton and London. University of Sussex is a suitable study abroad location for most majors, and is particularly strong in Political Science. Holy Cross students have the unique opportunity to enroll in a full course load (60 credits), learning alongside English students and international students from all over the globe. This site is excellent for independent and adaptable students who want to take advantage of Sussex's unique geographic location!

Name: University of Sussex
Location: Brighton, England
University size: 18,500 undergraduate and graduate students (30% international) 
University founded: 1961
Terms available: academic year, fall semester and spring semester
Dates: mid-September to end May (academic year); fall (mid-September - mid January); spring (late January - end May)  
Academic Calendar:
Start and end dates noted are tentative and subject to change.
Pre-university program: n/a
Registration info: 120 credits per year (60 per semester) are a full course load. Please be advised that students don't always take the same number of classes at University of Sussex. Different classes (modules) have different credit amounts. You might find 15-credit classes, 20-credit classes, and even 30-credit classes! No matter how many classes (modules) you take, a semester at Sussex is equal to a semester at Holy Cross (4 HC credits towards graduation) as long as you are taking 60 Credits (120 for the academic year)!
ICIP required: Yes for academic year students
Maximum capacity:  15 Holy Cross students per semester: This is a highly competitive program.  We are only able to send 15 students per semester, with preference given to Academic Year students.  In the event that we receive more applications than available openings, we will select participants with the highest GPAs in their respective majors to attend the University of Sussex.  Preference for fall vs spring will be given to those with the highest GPAs in their respective majors.  It is advisable that students interested in the University of Sussex arrange to meet with Assistant Director Piper O'Sullivan ( to discuss alternative locations in the event that student interest in the University of Sussex exceeds capacity.
University website:
Study Abroad website:
Student life/campus activities:

Visa fees: A visa is required for academic year students only. Semester students do not need to obtain a visa. Academic year students should plan to spend around $1000 on the UK student visa (the actual number fluctuates and depends on exchange rates with the British Pound). 
Housing deposit: n/a

Course Catalog (module search)*:
Courses previously taken by Holy Cross students:
On left-side menu, click on Courses Taken Abroad for Holy Cross Credit then select program. Please be aware this list is meant to give you an idea of the types of courses available to you at University of Sussex based on what past students have taken. This is NOT a list of classes that are guaranteed to be available to you and you are not limited to the classes on this list. Class offerings change each semester and you can certainly register for classes that you do not see on this list.
Grade equivalency sheet: Available on the Holy Cross Registrar’s website:
*Note: In the UK, classes are called “modules” and majors are called “courses.”
All information listed above is subject to change.

For more information, please contact:
Piper O'Sullivan - Assistant Director
Phone: 508-793-3053
Office: Smith 218

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.