UCSC Exchange at the University of Sussex

Seafront in Brighton Beach, United Kingdom

Film & Digital Media at the University of Sussex

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Brighton, England


Fall Semester: Sept. 22 – Dec. 13, 2019

Spring Semester: Jan. 22 – June 6, 2020

Year: Sept. 22, 2019 – June 6, 2020 (tentative)

Term Options: Fall (Autumn) Semester, Spring Semester (includes winter and spring quarters), or Year

Program Overview:

Study abroad in the beautiful coastal town of Brighton, England, at the University of Sussex. Renowned for their Media and Film Studies, this program offers students a unique opportunity to enroll in courses at the University of Sussex that fulfill Film and Digital Media major requirements.


Language of Instruction: English

Maximum Enrollment: Five (5)

UC Santa Cruz Program Coordinator: Chris Hanson

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • UCSC student, 18 years of age or older at the time of departure
  • Film & Digital Media major
  • 2.85 cumulative UCSC GPA or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure


Courses in Media & Film Studies at the University of Sussex have been pre-approved for certain major requirements by the UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media department. Completed courses will appear on your transcript as UC credit. Placement in specific courses abroad is not guaranteed as course offerings at the University of Sussex vary by semester and enrollment is subject to both course availability and completion of any required prerequisites. View the list of course pre-requisites here - more information coming soon.

You are required to take a full course load while abroad, which is three to four courses at the University of Sussex. Per semester, you can expect to earn 18-24 quarter units. At least two of your courses must be from Media & Film Studies.

Fall term course examinations are taken in January. However, exchange students studying at the University of Sussex for the Fall term only can arrange to take their exams in December in order to return to UCSC to take courses in the winter quarter.


How and When to Apply

Applications Open: Oct. 15, 2018

Fall 2019 and Year 2019–20 Deadline: March 1, 2019

Spring 2020 Deadline: June 1, 2019

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Please Note: The UC Santa Cruz Exchange Programs have limited space. Applications are processed and selected on rolling admission basis and first come first serve basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.

  1. Sign into SlugsAbroad with your CruzID to complete your Study Abroad Profile.
  2. Select your program to start the application process.
  3. Complete and submit the application. Make sure you have uploaded all required documents.
  4. Wait for notification about your selection status. You will be notified within three weeks of application submission. If selected, you will be prompted to begin completing pre-departure requirements, including health clearance and a host university application.