** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Brighton’s colorful character, history, architecture, and cosmopolitan culture all combine to make it an exciting and vibrant place to live and study. The Brighton program allows you to enroll in a range of University of Brighton courses in a variety of disciplines for one semester or a full year. All semester and yearlong students will take a required British History and Culture course to provide excellent opportunities to learn about and experience the local way of life.
Despite being small enough for you to bump into friends in the center, Brighton is surprisingly sophisticated and often dubbed “London-by-the-Sea.” With the sea on one side and the South Downs on the other, the city has an open air feel.
There are several excellent reasons to decide to study in the United Kingdom. Courses at British universities are taught by professors who do almost all the teaching and tutorial work with undergraduates while maintaining a high level of research activity. Although the UK shares a common language with the US, it remains a foreign country, with diverse traditions, values, and views of the world. Time in the UK will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current problems of the world and enable you to directly experience the wonderful culture and history of the European continent.
Brighton, located on the southern coast of England, was developed as a holiday resort and spa city in the early nineteenth century. Today it is a hub of activity year round, with a lively bohemian feel. It's more than just a university town; its European atmosphere attracts all kinds of people with an enduring affection for the city, its community, and its quirks. Brighton is conveniently located only 30 minutes from London’s Gatwick airport and 30 minutes from Newhaven, which has ferry crossings to France.
Brighton's fame started with the building of the Royal Pavilion, an enormous pleasure palace in the city centre in which the Prince Regent George IV would entertain friends and host parties. Surrounded by gardens, the area still attracts tourists and locals. Although most tourists never look further than the Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion, students will find a lively alternative scene. Brighton has many markets and stores and its boutiques, whole food shops, open-air cafés and buskers (street musicians) make it a must-see. A wide variety of entertainment is available in the evenings. Fringe theatre companies often perform, and many West End shows hit the Theatre Royal before London. Café society is alive and well in Brighton. There are dozens of places to spend the afternoon enjoying coffee and cake, having an intimate chat or watching the world go by. You can always stroll the boardwalk and the rocky beach after eating locally caught fish and chips.
Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
*Students using financial aid must have taken at least 14 credits during Fall Quarter at PSU if they wish to participate on the Winter/Spring program OR they must enroll in additional online PSU during Winter/Spring.
This program is a good fit for the following majors:
Students enroll in 18 - 22 quarter credits*
*Students using financial aid must have taken at least 14 credits during Fall Quarter at PSU if they wish to participate on the Winter/Spring program OR they must enroll in additional online coursework at PSU during Winter/Spring.
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.