International Study Centre

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Ambitious students belong at Sussex

Why choose the International Study Centre?

At the University of Sussex International Study Centre, our pathways programmes will help you to improve your English language skills, develop your academic knowledge and grow in confidence. Our courses are designed to prepare you to succeed in your degree, your career and in the world.

Highly ranked

A consistently top ranked, progressive, research-led university with a strong international reputation. University of Sussex is ranked 41st in the UK in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2023.

Research that delivers

Sussex's research is internationally recognised for drawing together leading academics from different disciplines – an approach that delivers the most powerful and meaningful results. 89% of the University’s research activity is considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Locations that inspire

The University of Sussex campus is surrounded by a beautiful national park, yet at the same time we are a short train journey from Brighton. We have fantastic transport links, with easy access to major airports, so you'll easily be able to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

Preparation programmes at Sussex

At the University of Sussex International Study Centre, you can choose from a range of academic courses that will help you prepare for studying at the University of Sussex. Depending on your interests, career plans and level of education, you can choose from the International Foundation Year, International Year One or the Pre-Master's Programme.

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International Foundation Year

Gain the skills you need to confidently study a three-year undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex with the International Foundation Year. Find out more about the programme today.

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International Year One

Prepare to join the second year of an undergraduate degree with the International Year One pathway programme. Experience a seamless transition into studying a degree at the University of Sussex.

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Pre-Masters Programme

Study the Pre-Masters Programme at the International Study Centre to prepare for postgraduate study at the University of Sussex. Discover more about the Pre-Masters Programme today.

Talal from Pakistan

"The International Study Centre was one of the best experiences of my life; I really enjoyed it. It was one of the major things that brought good changes to my life."

Talal from Pakistan
International Foundation Year in Engineering and Mathematics
Progressed to BSc Mechanical Engineering

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Prepare for Success

Join our online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to thrive academically and culturally in your new environment.

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English language courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

Check Entry Requirements and Fees

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Entry requirements

View the entry requirements for all of our courses, including country-specific requirements.

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Fees & funding

View our fees page to learn about the cost of studying with the International Study Centre.


Brighton is only 9 minutes on the train from University of Sussex campus. From there, you can reach Gatwick airport in 30 minutes and central London in one hour.

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you!