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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences

This program offers two packages, each divided into two sessions and offering different academic opportunities. You will choose one course for each session. The Physics package is for life science majors who are comfortable with taking two intensive, introductory physics courses to meet UC degree requirements and earn a year of physics credit over a summer. The General package is for students who want to pursue courses in their major or earn general credit with a wide range of courses while exploring the seaside town of Brighton in summer.

Unique study opportunities

  • Complete the equivalent of one year of physics for a UC life sciences major.
  • Explore contemporary diagnosis and treatment of common psychological disorders with a course in clinical psychology.
  • Survey British cinema and its relationship to British culture, history, and identity in a film studies course.
  • Take a literature course where you'll thoughtfully critique the politics of best-loved works in children's literature.
  • Explore Sussex wildlife and plants in the English countryside through field classes that take place in South Downs National Park.
  • Learn different dimensions of key global development challenges and possible solutions through interactive lectures and workshops.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and Credit


To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Each course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Take one course for the first four weeks and one course for the second four weeks.
  • Take each course for a letter grade.

This academic track is rigorous. Instructors are available to meet one-on-one and offer support sessions to help you manage the workload and keep up academically. If you contact instructors early in the term, they can arrange follow-up meetings to ensure your successful completion of the course.


  • Physics I
  • Physics II

The two courses are designed to meet the requirements of physics departments at the University of California. Check with your campus study abroad advisor to see how the department at your campus has evaluated these courses.


To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Each course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Take one course for the first three weeks and one course for the second three weeks.
  • Take each course for a letter grade.


You will choose two courses from the University of Sussex. A wide array of courses is available in film, law, mathematics, psychology, and more. Take courses in your major or fulfill general requirements.


  • Physics syllabi: See the modules available at the International Summer School and get a taste of what it's like to study at Sussex. 
  • ISS Physics website: Find additional program information - including a video with former UCEAP students.
  • Math readiness tests: Consider taking these optional tests to determine academic fit for the physics program.
  • Comparison of UCEAP summer physics: Review similar physics program information across all locations.
  • Check with your campus study abroad office for course equivalencies.
  • Current course listings: Browse the full list of course descriptions by subject. Tip: Level 4 courses are lower division and level 5/6 are upper division.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Key to the mission of Sussex University's Undergraduate Summer School is the interdisciplinary course as well as small group teaching with individual attention. Courses allow you to fully engage with the subject and may include lectures, tutorials, labs, seminars, workshops, independent research, and fieldwork. Most science modules are taught through lectures, workshops, and lab sessions.

Academic culture in the UK includes different study habits, terminology, structures, and teaching styles. To be successful, study outside the classroom is critical.

Writing Ability

There is more emphasis on writing at the University of Sussex than at UC. Significant emphasis is placed on literacy not only in the humanities and social sciences but also in the sciences. It is the norm that British students have excellent writing abilities, and marking down for poor writing, spelling, and grammar is common.

Tip: Change your laptop setting to “English (UK)” when you use the Spelling and Grammar function.

You may also encounter a different style of essay writing. British instructors often expect more secondary sources to be evident in essays than at UC. Beyond expressing personal thoughts, strive to insert your essay into the critical discourse on the topic. Research your topics thoroughly and use that research in your essays. Clear, elegant, and simple writing is highly valued.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are usually available by early October.