Study Abroad at the University of Brighton, England

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About

We offer semester and yearlong program, with the opportunity to take classes from a variety of subjects.

Our team, Mary, Zoe and Becca, are on hand to help make your study abroad experience be the best of your lifetime. As well as onsite orientation and class enrollment, we arrange and attend field trips with you to London, Oxford & Stratford, Bath & Stonehenge and Paris, as well as a couple of local trips.

Brighton is a great hub to travel, with Gatwick Airport only 30 minutes by train and London just 50 minutes by train.

Nicknamed, London-by-the-sea, when you're not studying or travelling around Europe, there is so much to do in Brighton itself. Famous for it's cosmopolitan Laines, with independent shops and cafes spilling out onto the streets; music, art and food festivals; nightlife and more.

Optional Field Trips

As part of our programming, we're proud to offer our students optional field trips at a very affordable price. Sit back, let us do the planning and let's explore the UK!

  • London: a fully escorted day through England’s exciting capital city. See all the major sights with plenty of free time, too
  • East Sussex: day tour by mini-bus of the countryside and places of scenic and historical interest in the area east of Brighton
  • Paris: a long weekend across the pond!? Yes please! We'll be taking the euro-tunnel to Calais and staying within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower
  • Bodiam Castle and Rye: a day trip by mini-bus through parts of Sussex and Kent -- a classic medieval castle in a picturesque setting (surrounded by a moat!)
  • Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon: a lovely weekend trip exploring historic cities and castles
  • Bath & Stonehenge: a weekend trip to Bath, a world Heritage city, famous for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths and to Stonehenge, the world famous ancient stone circle

Questions & Answers

For USAC the tuition per semester was $7,680 and the cost of the on campus (Great Wilkins Halls) was about $3,115 for fall and for spring about $4,531.

Reviews

97%
based on 47 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brighton

Studying abroad in Brighton was one of the best decisions I made. Brighton is a lovely city which is busy and fun without the intensity and stress of a major city. There is plenty to do in Brighton in terms of nightlife, cute independent shops, cafes, and visiting sites like the pier and bathing boxes. The study abroad team at Brighton are some of the loveliest and most helpful people I've ever met and made the experience that much easier. The field trips are one of the highlights of the program as is the opportunity to meet amazing people from around the world. I definitely recommend this program if you are considering it!

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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible

The 3 months I spent in Brighton were the absolute best 3 months of my life. Hands down. I wish I never had to leave. The people there were amazing and had SO MUCH FUN. All of the study abroad field trips were fascinating and enjoyable. I got to see so much in so little time. Brighton itself is ADORABLE. There are so many cute shops and restaurants it's impossible to stop by every one. The beach is amazing and the pier has food and arcade games and rides. It's a great place to go. The place the study abroad students lived was nice, my only complaint being how far it was from Brighton. It was approximately a half hour bus ride from Brighton, which isn't bad, but when you're waking up early for class or staying out late in town it can be a pain. Luckily the bus comes right by campus. I joined the Drama Society and made most of my friends that way. It was such a great experience and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Not just the students but staff as well. I'm hoping to go back there over the summer to see the friends I made there. Studying abroad at the University of Brighton was the best decision I ever made.

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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Student Teaching

The decision to student teach in England was the best decision of my life. I started off with reservations of being away from my family for so long, but now I am glad that I changed my mind. I have had such an amazing time and have grown as a teacher. The memories I made here will be with my for a lifetime. Everything was amazing from the host family, the school I was placed at, the trips I went on, and even the food! Mary and Becca were amazing throughout and you will absolutely Love them! The teacher I was placed with is amazing, and I now have a great friend. It is also a really great expereince to learn about a new culture and how it compares to the United States. You may not be student teaching in England, but either way you should do it for your program. Not only was this an awesome experience, but it will help me get a job in the future! I would 10/10 recommend you take this amazing opportunity (you won't regret it!!).

Cheers x

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Lychelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Brighton

I had an incredible time living and studying in Brighton. The Famler campus (where I lived) was small, quiet, and surrounded by beautiful parks. The campus cafe has lots of yummy food and coffee. My course instructors were all kind and supportive. Mary and Becca (the study abroad administrators) were extremely welcoming and helpful with everyone’s needs during our exchange- they made living in Brighton feel like home. The organized trips we went on as an abroad group were absolutely amazing and was a highlight for me during my experience. Due to Brighton’s close proximity to the LGW airport traveling the rest of Europe was extremely easy and affordable! Brighton is a lovely seaside town that has amazing pubs, gardens, food, shopping, people, and energy. For future students wanting to study abroad I would highly recommend coming to Brighton. I definitely will be back in Brighton soon.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change is that the cost of the bus pass should be told to the students before coming to Brighton or should be part of the tuition.
Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for your comments, you sound like you had a very positive time in Brighton, and we're really glad to hear that.
It would be difficult for us to buy individual bus passes for all the students, however we will make sure that all students are aware prior to arrival that this is a cost they will incur.
We look forward to seeing you back in Brighton soon.

Shaun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brighton Study Abroad

The University is amazing. The study abroad staff is fun and friendly and always willing to help. Would recommend exploring the city of Brighton and England in general. Becca and Mary, the people who run the program, are super super helpful and fun, and make the experience so much better. The field trips are amazing and low cost for what you get, and the friends you make along the way are worth it.

What would you improve about this program?
Different student housing
Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for the positive review Shaun. We're so glad to hear that your time in Brighton was a good one and that the study abroad staff enhanced your experience. Always good to hear!

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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brighton Study Abroad

I had the time of my life studying abroad in Brighton! Being able to visit multiple schools and see the difference between teaching in England, vs America, was such a rewarding experience. I learned a lot about incorporating drama techniques in the classroom and it has come in handy with my current class. I loved being able to experience the surrounding cities and learn about their culture. I was always exploring, and trying new things. Living there really helps your jump feet first, and understand their day to day life!

Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for your positive review Rebecca and your willingness to 'explore and try new things' whilst in Brighton. That definitely adds to the study abroad experience.
I hope you are still incorporating the techniques you learned whilst here in your current class - and maybe see you back here again one day.

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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Student Teaching

I student taught through the University of Brighton. I was there for 2 months and lived with a host family. The staff at the university were so welcoming and made you feel right at home. We were able to go on various trips organized through the university. My favorite was a weekend trip in Paris. Although it was different than the traditional study abroad program, it was a great experience both personally and professionally.

Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Brittany and for your positive comments on the programme.
We do find that the students love the trips and that they enhance their study abroad experience Who, after all, doesn't fall in love with Paris!

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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Totally Worth it, if You Really Engage

The biggest piece of advice I could give anyone coming to Brighton is to get involved! It's literally so important to get to know the locals and it really helps to have some friendly faces around. The best decision I have ever made was joining a society, it made my experience here completely worth it. I stayed for a full year and have no regrets, and sometimes even wish I could stay longer. Brighton is super independent, interesting, open, and as much fun as YOU make it. It's a big, little city and there is always something new to find, from vinyl shops to charity shops to restaurants to retail shops (most of which offer student discounts, don't be afraid to ask!), I guarantee you'll find a place you'll fall in love with. Only words of caution I would give is if you decide to live on the falmer campus, you will need a bus pass (good news is there is an app with student deals) to get into town and the Night Bus (starting usually at midnight) can feel like forever–due to extra stops. The grades are very different (I promise 70%+ is an A, don't panic) and schooling in general is more independent work. You will have plenty of free time to hang out with the new friends you make! Last bit of advice is to not let the common language fool you, England is it's own unique place with it's own slang and differences (if you're from the US like me you might be confused at times, though most people will clear up the confusion if you just ask), it's just like studying abroad any other place, you will have to learn the culture and be able to go with the flow in order to really enjoy your time.

What would you improve about this program?
Clearer housing options for international students, I wouldn't have chosen to live in Great Wilkins if I had known more about the other options.
Response from University of Brighton

Hi Heather, thank you for your review and for your considered comments, the points you raise are really helpful to potential students. We find that past students are THE best people to ask when it comes to tips and advice for future students.
We do have to house all the study abroad students together due to the length of the programme, however we're really pleased to hear that the society you joined helped you get fully involved.

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Sonia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Graphic Design at University of Brighton

Where do I even start? As a general statement, the people and the places made the experience incredible. The exchange students were all lovely, and my flatmates, classmates, lecturers, and randoms met along the way are people who impacted my life in so many different ways. Being able to visit so many places in the UK and Europe was a great by-product of studying - its hard to pick a highlight when each place and experience was so unique. Being able to visit some of the world’s design capitals - Scandinavia, London, Switzerland, Barcelona- was amazing to see in the flesh what we can only read about at home. Going on the Brighton surf trip to Morocco, skiing in the Swiss alps, sinking pints of Guinness in Dublin, sailing through the Nordic fjords and all the other trips are definitely lifelong memories i’m grateful to have. My expectations were exceeded: the course was so different to my home university, which served as a much-needed creative rejuvenation half way through my third year. I met so many talented, incredible people (students, great lecturers, people in the community, practicing creatives) and made the most of the collaborative vibe at Brighton. There were fundamentally no limits – new techniques, ideas and approaches were welcome and encouraged. England is also pretty great to live in – the culture is very similar to NZ, there is no language barrier and the access to design opportunities is endless. Also, Brighton’s close proximity to Gatwick Airport meant travel around Europe was so easy, despite protest from my bank account.

What would you improve about this program?
Organising corresponding papers was challenging due to credit allowances. As a semester-long student, I could only take one of the three papers in the Graphic Design course. I learnt to make the most of it, but would be cool if the Graphic Design exchange students could take more of the design papers.
Response from University of Brighton

I'm excited at just reading your review!
I'm pleased to hear that visiting some of the 'design capitals' you mention impacted so positively on your studies.
Thank you for your constructive point on papers. Unfortunately semester only students are limited in the fact that they leave prior to Christmas so can only complete work for the time they're here.

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Allison
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun and Fascinating Brighton

The University of Brighton is located just minutes away from the amazing seaside city of the same name. Brighton itself is beautiful, fun, exciting, and full of incredible clubs, coffee shops, theaters, and there is always something new to experience every day from a "Ghost Tour" of the historic Laines to karaoke night at the King and Queen pub! The University itself is spread over several campuses with most study abroad students living on the scenic and lovely Falmer campus which is surrounded by rolling hills and stunning sunsets. The academics, at least in the Humanities school are fairly casual and not too demanding while still being fascinating topics taught by knowledgeable professors . However, this casual atmosphere leaves plenty of time to explore Brighton and travel outside the country. However, I mainly went on trips with the lovely USAC program to lots of amazing places in England including Bath, Stonehenge, and Oxford to name a few, as well as the wonderful and unforgettable trip to Paris! I found these trips very cost effective and well organized, led by the amazing Becca and Mary, our program leaders! They were so kind and warm, and made the transition to a new country very easy and assuring. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for an experience in a homey but edgy city with tons of history and charm, in addition to a flexible schedule with plenty of time for personal adventures!

What would you improve about this program?
More information about local travel options - more info on student train and bus tickets would have been appreciated!
Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for your helpful review of your time on the University of Brighton study abroad programme. It depicts your time here really effectively and would I'm sure be helpful to prospective study abroad students.

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Apollo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

The staff were excellent in helping everyone to transition to the change of the culture and academics. We were given a list of resources to help us while we were here, as well as open communication for any questions or concerns we may have. The field trips offered with the program were great to see and understand more of the country. Becca and Mary were absolutely fabulous and always provided great insight as well as laughs. The instructors were great and helped clear any confusion I had about the classes and coursework. So sad to leave but I can’t wait to come back.

What would you improve about this program?
N/a
Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts, comments and pictures Apollo.
We'll look forward to welcoming you back to Brighton at some point.

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Allie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni of Brighton

Wonderful experience with an amazing staff! Would highly reccomend to all students! Location was stunning and the academics were interesting if not entirely challenging. I loved the stunning scenery and the AMAZING opportunities to travel with the program to places all over england. My favorite program would be the trip to Paris as it was stunning and so much fun! Becca and Mary were amazing staff and I am so thankful they had helped us feel comfortable in the country and like it was truly a home away from home. I wish I could come back over and over again.

What would you improve about this program?
More transpo info!
Response from University of Brighton

Thank you for sharing your positive comments about the programme with us. We're glad you had such a good experience studying abroad with us. Hope to see you again!

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Kimberly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing School and City

Brighton is the absolute perfect place to study abroad. The city is amazing and you instantly feel at home and at ease. There is so much to do, and if you're coming from a big city or a small town, you will find your place in Brighton. Mary, Becca, and Zoe of the study abroad team and all of my professors were excellent, friendly, and made an effort to get to know me. This program also really stands out from other study abroad programs because of the field trips. They were affordable (sometimes free!), so much fun, and gave me a chance to see things I never would have seen otherwise. I wouldn't trade my study abroad experience at Brighton for the world and wish I could have had all four years of University in such an amazing place.

Response from University of Brighton

We're glad you enjoyed your time in Brighton and you feel the field trips enhanced your study abroad experience - they give the students the opportunity to see places they may not otherwise get to see. We hope to see you back here one day!

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Bailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision I've Ever Made

I always wanted to study abroad in England so after being told about Brighton, I knew thats where I wanted to study. It is such an amazing town, you have the city with all the shopping, while also having the sea two steps away. The University is great for students coming abroad because the Study Abroad team is AMAZING. They make sure you feel comfortable every step of the way. They are there to help with picking classes and also just to have a chat if your feeling homesick! Couldn't of asked for a better support team for my year abroad. The teachers at Brighton Uni are also so helpful and understanding, they genuinely care about students doing well. Brighton will always have a special place in my heart, I couldn't imagine studying abroad anywhere else.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, it is amazing!
Response from University of Brighton

Hey Bailey! We're really pleased to hear your positive feedback and to hear that you felt you were well supported. That is really important to all the staff here at the University of Brighton.
Happy to hear that Brighton will always have a special place in your heart! Hope to see you back here one day.

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allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Come to Brighton!

I have absolutely loved my time at Brighton University. By going through USAC, I was able to meet people both from England and the States. The dorms were nice, nothing fancy, but nothing bad. The campuses are beautiful. The city is amazing. I have no complaints. Be prepared to get comfortable taking public transportation and to do a decent amount of walking. BUT -also be prepared to have the best 4 months of your life.

Response from University of Brighton

Mary, Becca and I are so glad you've had the 'best 4 months of your life' - that's what we aim for!

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