The Fulbright University of Sussex Summer Institute is a four-week academic and cultural programme for US students, focusing on studying British culture, hosted by the University of Sussex.

The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and has established an international reputation for the quality of its research and for innovative and effective styles of teaching, attracting scholars from all over the world. The provision of interdisciplinary modules, and small group teaching with individual attention, is key to their mission.

The university campus is on the edge of Brighton, an iconic seaside city that could have been designed for students. The campus is set in open parkland, with an excellent range of social and academic facilities. London is less than an hour from Brighton by train.

This Summer Institute allows students to:

  • Choose one of several modules on British culture
  • Attend classes alongside students from the UK and around the world
  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Brighton, with its beach, pier, markets, art, political activism and music
  • Participate in seminars, debates and field trips
  • Receive credits to transfer to their home institution, subject to prior arrangement between the student and their institution


Previous module choices have included:

  • English Folklore
  • London Look: Fashion Style
  • Royals: Monarchy through Art/Architecture
  • Exploring Sussex Wildlife and Habitats
  • British Theatre
  • Popular Literature in English: Children’s Literature
  • Walking into History of Brighton/Hove: City and Social Changes
  • British Popular Culture

In addition to exploring Brighton, previous cultural programmes have included the following:

  • Bath and Stonehenge day trip
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
  • Dark Side of Brighton Tour

More information

Programme dates

24 June - 18 July 2019 (travel dates not included)


All students will be housed in East Slope residences, the newest on-campus accommodation the University offers.  All rooms are single occupant with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The rooms for each Summer Institute participant will include a towel, mattress, mattress protector, pillow, pillowcase, sheet, duvet, and duvet cover.  The kitchens are equipped with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans.  More information on East Slope can be found here.


There are a number of cafes and food outlets on campus which cater to different dietary needs.  At the start of the session each Fulbright participant will receive £50 on a prepaid card which can be used in many of these places. There will also be the introduction of meal plans which students can purchase if they are not comfortable with self-catering. These plans consist of £20 cumulative allowance added to a pre-paid card each day Monday to Thursday.

Academics and credits

Each of the modules offered at Sussex count for 15 UK credits. This is the equivalent to four semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. While any module is eligible for credit, it is up to the home institution's discretion as to whether or not transfer is possible. All the syllabi for 2019 are available online. Students should speak to their appropriate university department.