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University of Sussex International Study Centre 2011/2012

choose ‘I chose Sussex because it is ranked in the top 10 best universities in the United Kingdom*.’ Victor Sanchez, Mexico Business, Management and Economics Foundation Year BSc in Business and Management Studies The Complete University Guide 2010-11 and The Guardian University Guide 2011

‘93 per cent of our students who completed their studies at the Sussex International Study Centre were offered a place to study on a degree programme at the University of Sussex in 2010.’ Professor Michael Farthing Vice-Chancellor, the University of Sussex

Why choose Sussex?

World-leading university

Further your career

Top 10 in the UK Top 20 in Europe Top 80 in the world

Make the most of your experiences. At Sussex we will help you to develop skills and knowledge beyond your studies. We want you to realise your full potential in life

The Times Higher Education Supplement – World University Rankings 2010

Academic quality

The best ‘Place to Be’

Study at a research-led university with a global reputation for excellence. Learn from award-winning teachers who are internationally recognised as leaders in their subjects

Our international students voted us the best ‘Place To Be’ in England for the third year running in a survey of UK universities conducted by i-graduate (autumn 2009)

Excellent study opportunities

Fantastic student life

Benefit from a stimulating learning environment that takes advantage of modern technology and enjoy access to superb resources. Our curriculum is designed to help you succeed in life

Enjoy a fabulous social life and extensive sports facilities. With over 120 societies and 40 sports teams to choose from, you’ll find plenty to entertain you

Broaden your world-view

Superb location

With students from over 120 countries, you’ll find Sussex an inclusive, welcoming and truly international place to study. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds

Our campus is surrounded by the beautiful South Downs National Park. It is only a few minutes from the amazing city of Brighton & Hove, and just an hour from London. The best campus location in the UK? We think so


Prepare for academic success at the International Study Centre

International Foundation Year

The University of Sussex International Study Centre is based on campus and offers programmes to prepare international students for a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

International Foundation Year The International Foundation Year (IFY) is a tailor-made three-term programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training that provides a direct path to undergraduate degree study. The IFY is designed for students outside the EU who have completed high school but who do not meet all the University’s entry requirements for degree-level study. There are six subject routes. Satisfactory completion of each route leads to a wide variety of degrees, some of which are listed below: • Business, Management and Economics Leading to degrees in: Business; Business and Mangement Studies; Economics; and Finance and Business • Computing and Mathematics Leading to degrees in: Computer Science; Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence; Games and Multimedia Environments; Mathematics; and Multimedia and Digital Systems

The International Study Centre (ISC) delivers the International Foundation Year, International Year One Diploma and Pre-Masters Programme. By studying at the ISC, you will benefit from: Access to University facilities You will be part of the University from the day you start your programme and will have access to a range of University facilities as well as at the International Study Centre. Experience university-style teaching Our programmes provide a highly supportive learning environment, introducing you to the style of teaching that you will experience when you progress onto your degree. You will experience tutorials, seminars and larger group lectures. For full programme listings, visit Your progress will be monitored at all times to make sure you remain on track to successfully complete the programme. Direct progression to your degree Joining one of our programmes guarantees that you will receive a conditional offer of a degree place at the University. Once you have successfully completed the courses you will proceed directly to your preferred degree.

Improve your English language skills Additional English language training is available at the ISC if you need to improve your standard to the required level. For entry requirements and details of the ELP programmes visit

Below the ISC in the heart of the beautiful Sussex campus

• Engineering and Physics Leading to degrees in: Astrophysics; Automotive Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Physics • Law, International Relations and Social Studies Leading to degrees in: Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; International Development; International Relations; Law; Politics; and Sociology • Life Sciences and Psychology Leading to degrees in: Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Ecology and Conservation; Medical Neuroscience; and Psychology • Media and Communications Leading to degrees in: Film Studies; Media and Cultural Studies; Media Practice; Media Studies; and Sociology For a comprehensive list of progression degrees, visit

Key facts Programme length Three terms (September or January start) Academic entry requirements • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent • IELTS 5.0 (with minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent* Age on entry Students are normally at least 17 years old Tuition fees Details can be found online at * Equivalent grades will be recognised: TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or our ISC Pre-arrival English Test. For full details of entry requirements, visit

 Behzad’s perspective

‘This is the first time that I had been in England. I had no idea about the country, people and culture. I felt that it would be inconvenient in a strange environment, where everything is new and I didn’t know how to deal with things. But when I came to Sussex, not only were all of my anticipations wrong, but also after a while I realised Sussex offers a situation in which you can feel confident and have the chance to begin an independent life. Here, everything is up to you. ‘The University has a really nice campus where you can find all the requirements of your life. There are different shops and restaurants on campus and you can find many hobbies on offer every day. Apart from the lovely campus, Brighton is just a couple minutes away from university, and with all that you can find in Brighton, it’s really hard to get bored here!’

Behzad Farzipour, Engineering and Physics Foundation Year. 2010 graduate with BSc in Mechanical Engineering



International Year One Diploma

International Year One Diploma The International Year One Diploma is an advanced, one-year programme of study equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Successful completion guarantees direct entry to the second year of the following degrees at the University of Sussex: • Accounting and Finance • Business and Management Studies • Business with Human Resource Management • International Business • Marketing and Management

Why study business and management at the University of Sussex? • You will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to study within an area that is a strong priority for the University and will continue to expand during your time here. • The University has invested £30 million in a new building for the School of Business, Management and Economics. • Management studies at Sussex scored 82 per cent overall in the 2010 National Student Survey (NSS), which is a reflection of the expertise and dedication of our tutors, the breadth and depth of our degree programmes and the support that the University has to offer. • Business and management studies at Sussex is ranked in the top 25 in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2011 and The Complete University Guide 2010-11. • SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research (the University’s internationally recognised research centre specialising in the management of science, technology and innovation) forms part of the School and contributes to teaching business and management students. SPRU research was highly rated in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). On average, 80 per cent of the research was rated as internationally recognised or higher, and half rated as internationally excellent or higher.

Pre-Masters programme

Key facts Programme length Three terms (September or January start) Academic entry requirements • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent plus up to one year of further study • IELTS 5.5 (with minimum 5.5 in writing) or equivalent* Age on entry Students are normally at least 17 years old Tuition fees Details can be found online at * Equivalent grades will be recognised: TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or our ISC Pre-arrival English Test. For full details of entry requirements, visit

The Pre-Masters is a two- or threeterm programme designed to give international students the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed on a Masters degree. There are three Pre-Masters routes: • Computing • Management and Finance • Media, Journalism and Film Studies Masters progression options Following successful completion of your Pre-Masters ptrogramme, you will be able to progress on to a Masters degree at the University of Sussex in: Computing • MSc in Computing with Digital Media • MSc in Human-Centred Computer Systems • MSc in Information Technology with Business and Management • MSc in Intelligent Systems Management and Finance • MSc in Corporate and Financial Risk Management • MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance • MSc in International Finance • MSc in International Management • MSc in International Marketing • MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship • MSc in Management and Finance • MSc in Managing Innovation and Projects • MSc in Technology and Innovation Management

Media, Journalism and Film Studies* • MA in Creative Media Practice • MA in Digital Documentary • MA in Digital Media • MA in Film Studies • MA in Gender and Media • MA in Journalism and Documentary Practice** • MA in Journalism and Media Studies** • PG Dip in Media and Cultural Studies * This pathway is under development and subject to validation ** Journalism degrees require a higher English Language exam score on the PreMasters, typically 70 per cent

Key facts Course length Two-term (January or April start) Three-term (September or January start) Academic entry requirements • Recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area • Recognised degree in related field (eg Business Studies) • Honours degree in any subject (eg BA in International Relations) Three-term: IELTS 5.0 (with minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent* Two-term: IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 6.0 in writing) or equivalent* Age on entry Students are normally at least 20 years old Tuition fees Details can be found online at * Equivalent grades will be recognised: TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or our ISC Pre-arrival English Test. For full details of entry requirements, visit

 aken’s S perspective

‘I decided to study at the Sussex ISC for a number of reasons, from the reputation of teaching excellence, to the UK’s cosmopolitan background, which allows me to meet people from different countries and cultures and network to gain invaluable contacts for the future. The fact that the UK is a global leader in innovative technology and other sciences enables me to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in my field. Having a small number of students in our classroom permits productive interaction with professors and teachers. Operations and Management classes are particularly interesting, as I get to grips with the theory behind the practices I have used in my previous work place.’

Saken Akhmetov



How to apply

Application forms are available by contacting: The International Admissions Centre, 1 Billinton Way, Brighton, BN1 4LF, UK Alternatively, you can download a form from Your application will need to include copies of all relevant academic transcripts and certificates of English language qualifications. Please note: all students’ English and numeracy will be tested on arrival and study plans may be changed accordingly. This can incur costs. To apply directly Send your completed application to the above address. Alternatively, you can apply directly by contacting a student enrolment advisor online,

Tuition fees Details of tuition fees can be found at: Entry requirements and progression grades Students can find detailed entry requirements and progression grades at Agents can find this information on the Sussex ISC page at: About the International Study Centre The programmes at the University of Sussex’s International Study Centre are run by Study Group, a world leader in education for international students. Every year, Study Group provides educational programmes for over 55,000 students from more than 140 countries.

To apply through your local representative Complete the application form and return it to your local representative. For further information If you need further information, our expert student enrolment advisors are available for help and advice. You can contact them online or on the numbers below: T +44 (0)1273 339333 F +44 (0)1273 339334

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