Junior Year Abroad English Plus

Study a range of academic and English language modules as part of our Junior Year Abroad – a flexible programme designed for student and universities from Japan. The programme can also be tailored to your students’ needs if you want to send a group to Sussex from a Japanese institution.

My tutors clearly explain the difficult sides of the English language and I’ve been really happy to meet students from different cultural backgrounds.SAYA KICHIJI
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Start dates

You can start the Junior Year Abroad programme at different points in the year:

  • option one: April to December. The English Language courses run from April to August and the academic study modules run from September to December.
  • option two: April to June. The English Language courses run from April to August and the academic study modules run from September to June.
  • option three: September to June. The English Language courses run from September to December and the academic study modules run from January to June.
  • option four: June/July to June. The Pre-sessional English courses run from June/July to August and the academic study modules from September to June.

English Language course options

You can take Pre-sessional English and Intensive English courses to improve your English before you start your studies.

After your language preparation courses, you study regular academic modules, and learn with other UK undergraduates or international students.

Depending on how much English language training you need, you can take English modules lasting from a month up to four months as part of your Study Abroad programme.

You can also take part-time modules in English for Academic Purposes, with topics including academic writing and presenting seminar papers. You can also take modules for credit.

If you are a Japanese student, this course is especially useful for you as you can improve your English language skills over the summer and then go on to academic study at Sussex.

Academic modules options

You can choose modules from our full degree courses, in subject areas including international development, international relations, media studies, business and politics.

You can choose from over 1,000 modules from any subject area and level, as long as you meet any module prerequisites.

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Entry requirements

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (grade B) and if you are a Japanese applicant, you need a minimum GPA of 2.8.

English language requirements (IELTS)

If you choose option one or two, you need a minimum of 4.5 in each IELTS component.

If you choose option three or four, you need a minimum of 5.5 in each IELTS component.



Programmes starting in April (options one or two)

Programmes starting in September (options three or four)

Intensive English


£3,600 (2016/17 fees)




Academic fees (full year)



Academic fees (one semester/spring to summer)



Note that these fees may be subject to change.

How to apply

You must download and fill our Junior Year Abroad application form [DOCX 82KB] and send the completed form to sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk.

You can apply for the programme through your home university or one of the following agents:


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Tokyo 150-0041


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