Study Abroad at University of Sussex with Arcadia University

University of Sussex
Course Registration Instructions

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

University of Sussex courses available to study abroad students are located on the Sussex website:

  • By choosing the department in which you would like to take a course, you will be given a list of offerings sorted by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year courses.

  • Each course description will state the number of credits, the term the course is available, and the main objectives/content of the course.

  • Information on assessment and method of instruction is also included.

You Should Pay Particular Attention To:

  • Year of Study – This is the year (of a three-year degree) in which a Sussex degree student would take the course. Because British students come into university ahead of most American students, Year 1 is considered equivalent to a Sophomore level course, Year 2 a Junior level, and Year 3 a Junior/Senior level.

  • Credits – Most students take four courses depending on the department and level of the course. Under each course description, Sussex credits are listed. To determine your required full academic course load, keep the following in mind:
    • Academic Year = 120 Sussex credits = 32 semester hour credits
    • Fall Semester = 60 Sussex credits = 16 semester hour credits
    • Spring Semester = 60 Sussex credits = 16 semester hour credits

Please note that students enrolled for the fall term will take specially arranged examinations or turn in final assessments before December departures. Students will not be expected to stay for January nor May exams. Academic year and spring/summer students will take examinations or final assessments with the host country peers during the end-of-year revision/examination period.

Making Sure Your Credits Will Transfer Back

Meet with your advisor to discuss course selections. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course. Keep in mind that your course selection form is used as part of your application and for the pre-approval process by the host university. Actual course registration does not take place until arrival at University of Sussex.

We suggest that you secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of interest. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements.


For assistance with any part of the application process, call Michelle Kasmauskis, your program manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.