University of Rochester

Undergraduate Programs

Study Abroad

The year abroad exchange program with the University of Sussex gives students in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) at the University of Rochester an opportunity to broaden their academic and cultural horizons. While spending a year in Britain, students continue to pursue their BCS curriculum by taking courses that supplement that program of study.

Why Sussex?

Sussex is made up of several schools, so courses are exceptionally interdisciplinary in nature. The School of Biological Sciences, through its experimental psychology program, offers a program of study essentially equivalent to that offered by Rochester's BCS department. Experimental psychology at Sussex is an internationally known center of excellence in teaching and research in the study of behavior as a natural science.

Sussex is also:

  • A research university—ranked in the top 10 in the United Kingdom
  • An international community—with a cosmopolitan, multicultural flavor
  • A lively student town—Brighton is a major seaside resort with lots of shops and entertainment, with easy access to London and to other parts of Britain and the Continent

The City of Brighton and Hove

The University of Sussex is located just minutes away from the city of Brighton and Hove. This area has been home to such individuals as Emma Burton (Baby Spice), Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, Laurence Olivier, Carol Cleveland (of Monty Python), and Sir Winston Churchill.

Brighton and Hove is also one of the United Kingdom's top destinations for overseas visitors. This popular holiday resort typifies the traditional English seaside and offers diverse opportunities for social and cultural entertainment. It also happens to be ideally located for wider European travel.

  • From Brighton, London is just a 35-minute ride and public transportation is available.
  • The Eurostar (or, the Euro train) can take you from London to Paris in roughly four hours.
  • The French cities of Caen and Pas de Calais are only 90 miles away by boat.

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The program is designed for BCS majors in their junior year. To participate in this program, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Satisfactory completion of both Foundation courses
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one of the core courses in the BCS curriculum
  • An overall GPA, and BCS GPA of at least 3.0
  • An application approved by BCS and the Study Abroad Office

The Application Process

BCS and the Center for Study Abroad work closely so that you can get the most out of your Sussex experience. Through personal meetings and orientations, we will answer your questions on course selection, finances, travel, health, the culture, and even certain protocols of which to be aware. However, it all starts with your interest and the application process.

We recommend starting in the fall semester of your sophomore year by meeting with the BCS undergraduate program coordinator in 363 Meliora Hall. We can discuss University of Rochester and University of Sussex course options and arrange your schedule in Rochester to satisfy College and BCS major requirements. This will minimize complications and course overloads in your senior year.

Then, we recommend visiting the Center for Study Abroad. There are important matters that they will discuss with you concerning your Sussex program.

How do I find out about programs?

  1. Attend a study abroad general information meeting
  2. Use the Study Abroad Resource Library
  3. Read the Study Abroad Handbook
  4. Talk to our study abroad peer advisers
  5. Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser

The earlier you plan, the easier the application process will be. You may apply to more than one program if you wish. 

When do I need to apply?

The Proposal for Study Abroad is a formal request to study abroad and is available at the Center for Study Abroad. It is due September 15 for students planning to study abroad in the spring semester, and February 1 for fall or full-year study. Actual program application deadlines vary. Normally, due dates for fall/full-year programs are in early March, and for spring programs in October.

Application Materials and Contact Information

Information about and application materials for UR-sponsored programs are available from the receptionist in the Center for Study Abroad, 206 Lattimore Hall.