About the International Study Centre (ISC)

The International Study Centre (ISC) is here to help you succeed. Staff at the ISC will support your learning and ensure that you have a smooth transition to student life and study in the UK. Our courses will give you the opportunity to go on to study at the prestigious University of Sussex.

Our courses

  • International Year One – this two-semester course will prepare you for entry to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Sussex.
  • Pre-Masters – this one or two-semester course provides specialist preparation for studying a Masters degree at Sussex.

Success starts here

When you enrol at the ISC you will automatically become a student of the University of Sussex. The ISC is based on campus, giving you full access to university facilities such as the Library, Students’ Union and sports facilities.

A warm welcome for international students

Sussex welcomes over 4,600 international students, teaching and research staff from 120 different countries. Being an international student means you are part of a wide community of different nationalities. At the ISC we know how to help you adjust to your new environment so that you can make the most of your time in the UK.

Supporting you

Many of the students who study with us are new to the UK and come to the ISC to boost their English language skills as well as increasing their knowledge through academic modules that are relevant to their chosen degree subject area. We continually review your progress so that we can tailor our support to your individual needs, ensuring you develop to the best of your ability.

University-style teaching

To help you prepare and give you a head start in your studies, your lessons at the ISC will follow the format of the classes you’ll take when you progress to your degree. You’ll take part in tutorials, seminars and larger group lectures.

Progress to a globally recognised degree 

The ISC will support you so that you can achieve the grades you need to go on to study your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex. 

  • 98% of ISC students were offered a place on a degree course at the University of Sussex (in 2014).

Sussex student Olivia

'My course at the International Study Centre was extremely beneficial – I now believe in myself and my academic future.'

Olivia from Nigeria
International Foundation Year in Law, International Relations and Social Studies
LLB in Law