Department of Mathematics

Study abroad at Sussex

Monash UniversityMonash University, Victoria, Australia

University of British ColumbiaUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Students on our MMath and BSc courses have the option of spending some of their degree studying abroad.

Our most popular and well-established exchange programmes are with Monash University (Australia), University of British Columbia (Canada) and Arizona and Georgia Tech (USA). All of these universities are among world leading research universities with a diverse range of modules on offer. Besides strong educational component, all of these places offer a unique opportunity to experience different cultures and ways of life. Other established links include Singapore and Hong Kong.

Besides America and Asia, we also have long-established contacts with several European universities, such as the University of Uppsala (Sweden). In all cases, these universities are offering courses in English, so our students again have a large selection to choose from.

Students on an MMath programme can go abroad for either 1 term or the whole academic year in years 2 or 3. Students on a BSc programme can go abroad for 1 term only, or if they prefer to go for the whole academic year, they would have to extend their studies in Sussex by 1 year.

If you are studying outside the UK, you can take part of your mathematics degree at Sussex, for up to a year.

MMath students

MMath students have the opportunity to study abroad in their 3rd year for a full year or 6 months. It is important to realize that the year abroad replaces year 3 at Sussex. The marks obtained abroad will be converted to Sussex marks. The core modules a student would have taken at Sussex must be replaced by modules with the same learning outcomes at the partner university.  There is more leeway for options, but they must be reasonable. We request that students going abroad speak the language of their host country before leaving Sussex as there is very little time to learn a new language in the curriculum of year 3. This often implies that students can only study in an English speaking country. There is one notable exception within Europe, namely Uppsala University, which teaches in English at the undergraduate level.

Students must have maintained high academic standards throughout years 1 and 2.  Deadlines for applying for a year abroad are typically around January for Europe and December for the rest of the world. Please contact the International and Study Abroad office to find out precise application deadlines and a list of available destinations which varies from year to year. It is a good idea to contact the visitor and exchange coordinator for mathematics (currently Konstantin Blyuss) at the start of year 2 to discuss the possibility of studying abroad.

BSc students

BSc students have the possibility to go abroad for an extra year of study between years 2 and 3. The extra year is zero weighted; it does not contribute to the classification. Students choosing to do so will be awarded a BSc with a Year Abroad. If they failed the year abroad, but were successful at Sussex, they would be awarded the BSc. Students will need to pass the year abroad with 40% or above in order for the year abroad to be recognized in the degree title.

The department is very selective with BSc students that we send abroad. Our aim is to ensure that they are academically capable of dealing with the additional challenges of studying abroad and have a clear plan of what they wish to achieve abroad. BSc Students must have maintained high academic standards throughout years 1 and 2. The application deadlines for a year abroad are typically around January for Europe and December for the rest of the world. Please contact the International and Study Abroad office to find out the precise deadlines for applications and a list of available destinations which vary from year to year. It is a good idea to contact the visitor and exchange coordinator for mathematics (currently Konstantin Blyuss) at the start of year 2 to discuss the possibility of studying abroad.

For initial enquiries, please contact our Visiting and Exchange Coordinator (Konstantin Blyuss). Also see Voluntary Study Abroad Opportunities for further details.