International Study Centre

International Year One

A classroom of international students in debate at Sussex

A classroom of international students engaging in debate at Sussex

What is the International Year One?

The International Year One is a course offered at the University of Sussex International Study Centre that is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.

When you successfully complete the course, you can progress into the second year of your degree, provided you achieve the required grades. The diverse, essential skills you will develop on this programme will majorly benefit you at university, as well as later on in your career and life.

Who is this programme for?

The International Year One's aim is to fully prepare you to be successful in the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree and beyond. You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on teaching you the English language, study skills, employability and academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree at Sussex.

Course facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: September, November and January

Entry requirements: Find out more

Fees: Find out more

2 Semesters

September 2023
24/9/2023 - 21/12/2023
14/1/2024 - 2/5/2024
January 2024
7/1/2024 - 11/4/2024
28/4/2024 - 1/8/2024

Choose your subject route

  • Business and Management
    Study a wide range of business and management-focused modules before progressing on to the undergraduate degree of your choice.
  • Computing
    Gain the skills needed to study computing at the University of Sussex, with specific modules relating to your degree.
  • Engineering
    Choose from a large selection of engineering degrees at Sussex after starting your academic journey with the International Year One.
  • Film and Media
    Combine academic study with practical media experience to gain the skills needed to progress to a media degree at Sussex.
  • Finance and Accounting
    Prepare for a successful career in finance by preparing your undergraduate degree with the International Study Centre.
  • International Relations and International Development
    Gain the knowledge to change the world by studying this highly-ranked subject at the University of Sussex.

Why study the International Year One?

If you choose to study this programme, you will better your understanding of the British education system by accessing an internationally-tailored introduction to your degree. Additionally, throughout the International Year One, you will benefit from an increased focus on employability skills and a strong support system implemented by our staff.

Other reasons to study include:

Focus on your career

We know that you may already be thinking about your future career, which is why we have integrated a careers element into our academic courses at the International Study Centre. CareerAhead will guide you towards making the right choices and give you the tools you need to stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

Assess your progress

We will assess your progress regularly to ensure you are on track to complete your course successfully, so that you can go on to study your chosen degree at Sussex. You may take part in exams, seminar discussions, group projects, presentations, laboratory practicals, software exercises and essays as part of your overall assessment.

Improve your English

Need to improve your English language or raise your IELTS score? You can study one of our English language courses at the International Study Centre. Choose from English Language Preparation (ELP), studied before the International Foundation Year, or Language Lift – studied simultaneously with your course.

Study plan options

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of Sussex
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semestersSeptemberMaySeptember
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters plus 3 weeks of additional study and life skillsNovemberAugustSeptember
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semestersJanuaryAugustSeptember
Yolanda from China

“I was well prepared by my International Year programme. I am so glad that I did this, as the knowledge I learned at the International Study Centre set me up well for my second year at Sussex. The subject knowledge has been very useful and gave me a head start when I progressed.”

Yolanda from China
International Year One

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