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Choose what you'd like to study at Sussex over the summer. You can also find out about teaching and assessment methods, and how to transfer module credit to your home university or college.

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Module information

An International Summer School module is a self-contained, credit-bearing unit of study. You will have a set of learning outcomes and an assessment at the end.

Each module carries 15 credits and lasts for four weeks (one session). You can only take one module per session.

If your first choice module does not recruit enough students to run, we will let you know and put you onto your next available choice. You will receive information about your module allocation by email by 13 May 2019.

If you have applied for a module but want to change your choice, you should email us at We can usually accommodate module changes, but if there is not enough space you will be put on a waiting list. 

The University of Sussex will endeavour to deliver the course with reasonable care and skill. Please note, however, that you may not be taught by University of Sussex academic staff while you are studying here over the summer and that some of our modules are taught by Associate Tutors from the International Summer School.

Modules with an asterisk (*) next to their titles are subject to academic approval.

  • Teaching and assessment

    You'll learn in a series of seminars, which are small intensive classes formed of around 20 students.  You may also:

    • attend classes such as lectures
    • carry out lab work (if taking a science module) 
    • attend workshops
    • undertake independent learning, such as reading, preparing for classes or writing assignments. 

    You can expect to spend 25 to 35 hours each week studying for your module - this may be longer if you're studying a physics module. All modules are subject to change. Teaching time varies between subject areas but can range from two three-hour seminars per week to four seminars per week. 

    When you have been accepted on to a module at Sussex, you can find out when your classes meet after 28 May 2019 by using our online system. When you register your place at Sussex, you will be given a Sussex user name and password which you can use to access this system and check your timetable. 

    Meeting deadlines 

    If you are taking a module that is not physics, and something happens so that you can't meet a deadline, any work that is handed in late is subject to a sliding scale of penalties.

    If your work is 24 hours late there will be a deduction of five percentage points, after 24 hours and up to three days late, 10 percentage points, and after three days and up to seven days, you'll be given a capped mark of 40%. If it is more than seven days late, your work will not be marked. 

    Deadlines for physics modules

    Due to the intensive nature of the physics modules, all of our assessments are in-class and there is no option to make up credit or hand in work late. If work is handed in after your class it will receive a mark of zero. If you arrive 15 minutes late for lab work or the workshop tests you will also receive a mark of zero for that piece of work. However the weighting is set to select the best five of six labs and the best four of five workshops tests in each module. In the event of missed assessments or exceptional circumstances your home institution will be able to advise. 

    Find out more about deadlines and assessments for our physics modules.

    Grading system

    The UK grading system may be different to your home institution. We usually use percentages to grade work. When you get your transcript at the end of the summer it will show your Sussex numerical mark. If you're a North American student we'll convert this into a letter grade to guide your home institution. 

  • Terms taught

    The first four-week session is taught from 24 June 2019 until 20 July 2019. 

    The second four-week session is taught from 22 July 2019 until 17 August 2019. 

    If you're already studying at university, you must make sure the module syllabus has been approved by your home institution for the transfer of credit. 

  • Transfer of credit

    Some of our modules allow you to transfer credits to your home instiution, which means your study at Sussex over the summer will count towards your degree. 

    If you want to do this, particularly if you are transferring major credit, you should consult carefully with your advisor before you choose your module(s). 

    Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

  • Reasonable adjustments

    If you have a disability or have been diagnosed with a long-term condition, you may have reasonable adjustments (sometimes called accommodations) in place at your home institution.

    For this to be transferred across to Sussex, you'll need to make a reasonable adjustment request to us before your module assessment (usually three weeks before your module assessment, or two weeks if you're studying a physics module). You will receive a Student Support Registration form in your offer pack once you have formally accepted a place at the summer school. We advise that you submit this to us by 7 June 2019. 

    If you have any questions or have a long-term condition which may be exacerbated by an intensive period of studying in a new environment, contact the Student Support Unit at You can also read advice from our Student Support Unit.

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