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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.
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 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).
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.
"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
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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Settle in to life in the UK and study a preparatory year before starting an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex. The International Foundation Year is an option for those looking to build their English language and study skills before applying for university.
Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One aims to provide extra support. It prepares you to join the second year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex with confidence.
Prepare for studying a postgraduate degree at the University of Sussex. Our Pre-Master's programme prepare you for the future, with a combination of English language tuition, study tips and subject-specific content. You have the opportunity to choose modules based on your interests and future career goals.
Develop your academic knowledge, skills and language ability on our free and exclusive virtual preparation course, Prepare for Success. Benefit from 100 hours of study content to gain a competitive head start before beginning your pathway programme on campus.
Academic guidance, tutorial sessions and personal and welfare support is all offered on campus. Even before you arrive, our dedicated team provides everything from visa support through to help with booking your accommodation. We will be with you every step of the way.
Start your career in the UK with the new Graduate Visa Route – a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities with a valid Student visa. Study a pathway programme and take the first step towards working in the UK.
View the entry requirements for all of our courses, including country-specific requirements.
Learn more about the tuition fees for your course, as well as any additional costs for studying at Sussex.
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.