Year Abroad

Find about the integrated year abroad of the American Studies degree at Sussex.

2014 University of Miami Year Abroad Student Sophie enjoying a day trip to New York City

About the Year Abroad

We have the most extensive and best quality Year Abroad scheme of any American Studies programme in the UK.

All American Studies single honours and joint honours students spend their third year at a prestigious North American university that has been carefully selected for academic standard, pastoral and administrative support, and cultural and geographical environment. Fees are capped and loan amounts increased to ensure the affordability of the Year Abroad for all students. 

Each year, we also award two substantial grants, the Rupert Wilkinson scholarship (winner and runner-up), named after the Sussex academic who founded the scheme, and generously supported by his family.

Your journey will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn first-hand about the place you are studying and, perhaps more importantly, also the beginning of lifelong professional and personal attachments in America.

You will study at one of over forty campuses that together represent every facet of the American experience from the Atlantic coast to the shores of the Pacific. 

Some of our students are drawn to one of the University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley and UCLA. Others choose the American West, heading to Austin, Texas, or Boulder, Colorado. Those fascinated by the American South can study at Tulane University in New Orleans or the University of North Carolina, while politics specialists might pick Georgetown University or George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Whether you are interested in indigenous cultures, avant-garde film, the modern LGBTQ movement, or visiting Civil War battlefields, Sussex offers you a unique and unsurpassed experience while studying in North America that will, as returning students perennially attest, 'change your life'.

See pictures from students on the Year Abroad

Where do you want to go?

Sussex Degrees in American Studies include a year abroad at a university or college in the USA or Canada with which we have an exchange agreement. You can use this page to find out more about the different institutions. Students will be advised on which universities are best for different major subjects.

See the most up-to-date list of institutions you can study abroad at as an American Studies student, and check costs and funding

American Studies Year Abroad students in their own words


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