International Study Centre

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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 151st in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

Research that delivers

Research at the University of Sussex makes a difference. Sussex's research is internationally recognised for drawing together leading academics from different disciplines – an approach that delivers the most powerful and meaningful results. 75% of the University’s research activity is considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Locations that inspire

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

Section 3 Page Testimonial

SUSSEX ISC alumnus stands on Brighton seafront in graduation gown

"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

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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Sussex by the sea

Brighton is a coastal city famed for its individuality and creativity. When you transition to studying on-campus at Sussex, you can enjoy a beautiful seafront and beach, unique shops and markets, and a vibrant music and arts scene.


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.

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