University of Brighton

University of Brighton

About

The University of Brighton is a community of over 21,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Our Study Abroad Programme offers international students the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses across the different schools for a semester or a year.

Both the city and university are very diverse, offering something for everyone. Brighton is located on the South East coast with easy access to Gatwick, International Airport.

Website
Headquarters

Mithras House
Lewes Road
Brighton
BN2 4AT
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Shannon
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Julia
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jake
10/10

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lychelle
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

Coming from the United States the environment was always a controversial topic, and my home university did not offer a diversity of classes to take. At the University of Brighton they provided a "no nonsense" type of teaching about the environment providing me with much more information than I ever received in the United States. The classes are very interesting, and offer a wide variety of topics and information. They expect a lot of you, but allow you to learn at your own pace with a reliance on outside reading, due to only having class once a week, and is much more laid back than it is in the United States. Having class once a week, and the three-week long spring break provides a wonderful opportunity to travel from London Gatwick airport. I had the opportunity to experience 14 countries as well as taking day trips around England. The study abroad coordinators are wonderful! Some of my favorite people that I met during my stay, and organize various field trips to see England and France, as well as connecting with the other students that are abroad. All of the study abroad students are housed in the same apartment building, which allowed me to develop close friendships with my flatmates.
This program, with the freedom of learning at your own pace, and independence of traveling alone allowed me to become a better person, and fall in love with the United Kingdom. I believe Brighton is the best town to live in England, because it is a medium-sized city with a large student population. There is fun nightlife, as well as the opportunity to relax on the beach with your friends. Living in Brighton was an opportunity I'll never forget, and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Response from University of Brighton

We have to agree about Brighton being the 'best town to live in in England!'
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad to hear that your found the classes interesting and the style of teaching a new challenge. As you know one of the benefits of studying abroad is embracing new challenges; that and the opportunity to travel widely, both of which you seem to have done. Good luck and see you back here again soon we hope.

Yes, I recommend this program

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Becca Dwyer

Becca Dwyer is in her fourth year at California State University Northridge with a Major in Graphic Design and a Minor in Marketing. Currently working as a Graphic Design and Web Development assistant, she is set to graduate in Spring 2018. When she's not working or studying, she likes to watch animated movies and work on her own illustrations.
Traveling in Paris

Why did you choose this program?

Aside from the fact that they offered courses beneficial to my degree, the University of Brighton offered many included field trips that were very enticing to me.

I was also drawn to this specific program by the town of Brighton, itself. With it's close proximity to a pebble beach and only an hour train journey to London, it seemed like the perfect location.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Applying to the program was a bit more difficult for me than others. Since I did not have a USAC program at my school, I had to apply for National Student Exchange to the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and then apply straight to the University of Brighton.

I was pretty much on my own throughout the whole process, but since I knew that I wanted to study specifically at Brighton through USAC, it wasn't a huge problem. I know that students who have the USAC program at their school have a pretty easy application process.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Plan ahead and save! I knew that I wanted to study abroad several years before I actually applied to the program. In the years leading up to my application, I saved as much money as I could, and it definitely paid off. Having extra money to spend on a spontaneous trip to Wales with friends is so much more fun then staying home on the weekend.

Having the financial freedom to say yes to random activities and travels allowed me to take full advantage of my year abroad.

Unfortunately, I know of one girl in my program who signed up for the whole year, but didn't have the financial means to do so and left after the first semester. In order to get the most out of your time abroad, you need to save your money and go on as many adventures as you can!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average week would probably have you going to school three out of the five school days. I only took the equivalent of 12 U.S. units per semester and would spend my downtime hanging out with friends, going to the beach and chilling at pubs. Brighton has a young demographic and a lot of nightlife so you definitely don't have any excuse to be bored!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was just doing something so independently. I felt like I had never been put so far out of my comfort before. Arriving in a new country where you don't know where to go, you don't have any friends yet and where nothing is familiar to you is very daunting. Luckily, once you get to your campus, you'll find approximately 30 other students feeling the exact same way! Bonding!

Also, after completing my year abroad, I can tell that I am a much more confident and assertive individual. Because I put myself out there and took the leap to study abroad, I now know how important it is to have that kind of bravery in my everyday life. I'm much more likely now to say yes to new adventures and challenges that once might've seriously intimidated me.

Castle Rock Hostel Beer Pong Champions

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

It's not so much of a story as it is an awesome fact. I went to Edinburgh, Scotland during my three week long Spring Break and stayed in the Castle Rock Hostel. First of all, yes our spring break was three weeks long and also yes, I would definitely recommend staying at the Castle Rock Hostel if you ever find yourself in Edinburgh.

Anyways, the Castle Rock Hostel holds a beer pong tournament every Saturday night and I can now literally say that I won a beer pong tournament in Scotland. My teammate was someone I didn't even know before the start of the tournament, but who for sure became my best friend when she threw the winning shot. My picture is now up on their "Wall of Champions" for 2016 beer pong tournaments, how cool is that!?
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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jedge Pilbrow

Job Title
Senior Lecturer

Jedge Pilbrow is a Senior Lecturer in digital media at the University of Brighton. He has traveled extensively and lived six years in Israel, six years in Germany, and two years in the Lebanon. His background included aircraft and nuclear power simulation, and it is this experience with visual media that led him into teaching.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Arriving in Israel on a warm September evening from a cold wet London and smelling the beautiful aromas of the Mediterranean as the doors to the aircraft were opened. It was my first time abroad, and I can still remember the excitement I felt then, and that has stayed with me ever since. I firmly believe we should all take every opportunity to broaden our horizons and see as much of the world as possible.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

One of the best things about being a lecturer is that I am actually paid to explore and investigate the things that excite and interest me and then share this with students. I have been given the opportunity to make my interest in photography and visual culture my work. When I reflect on what I thought I knew when I started to work at the university compared to what (I think) I know now, I realize I have been given a fantastic opportunity to improve.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

In my Photography Module, students select a photographer whose work interests them, and build their own portfolio of work around what they learn. I had one American student who wanted to look at her grandfather's photography. To be honest, I had my doubts until she said, “My Grandpappy was one of the first American servicemen into Hiroshima, and these are his photographs from 1945. No one has seen them for nearly seventy years.”

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am lucky to have been able to travel with my job. We have students who go to different countries on exchange programs, and I have been privileged on a number of occasions to be asked to go out to make a film about the students' experiences. I would like to do this more often and work with Erazmus Program teaching abroad.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I work in a small team in the school of Humanities. We work very well together as a coordinated team, and everyone pulls together to help make sure our students have a good experience while they are with us. We are also very proud that we go the extra mile to help students who experience difficulties while at University.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

It is important for any organization to trust in the people who work there to do their job to the best of their ability.

Organizations that manage to strike this balance are happier places because people feel that their job, whatever it is, is held in respect.

This means that they are also respected and valued by the organization.

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