University of Sussex Summer Institute



The Fulbright Commission University of Sussex Summer Institute is a four-week academic and cultural programme for eight (8) US students at the University of Sussex's International Summer School.

The theme of the programme is 'Britishness and British Culture’.

Participants in this summer school will:

•    Study one of eight British-themed modules on offer and receive credit which can be transferred to their home institution.

•    Attend classes alongside other North American students and international students from Asia, Africa and Europe as well as local First Generation Scholars from the UK. 


•    Have the opportunity to explore and visit the cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton, where they can experience the irresistible mix of beach, pier, markets, art, activism, politics and music.

•    Take part in the International Summer School’s social programme, meet new people, begin lifelong friendships and experience the local culture in a unique, adventurous and safe way.

•    Become an ambassador for for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, studying in the UK and at the University of Sussex.

The dates of the programme are: 19 June-13 July 2017.

Sussex campusThe University of Sussex: Sussex is considered one of the most exciting British universities at which to study. It was founded in 1961 and quickly established an international reputation for the quality of its research and for innovative and effective styles of teaching, attracting scholars from all over the world. Key to our mission is the provision of interdisciplinary modules, and small group teaching with individual attention. The large range of modules on offer allow you to get ahead with credit in core modules, or simply to experiment with something new.

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The University campus is on the edge of Brighton, a friendly city by the sea that could have been designed for students. The campus is a refreshing contrast, set in open parkland, with an excellent range of social and academic facilities. London is less than an hour away from Brighton by train.




SussexThe majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

•    round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;

•   Tuition and other programme fees at the University of Sussex

•   A subsistence card to be used at on-campus cafes and restaurant

Live on campus in Northfield accommodation: the University of Sussex is the only UK university surrounded by the beauty of a National Park. Accommodation on campus a short walk from the seminar rooms and campus facilities. Bedding, towels and access to kitchens as well as cooking equipment


Participants are expected to pay for their own health and accident insurance.

Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to come back to the UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

•    be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;

•    be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme;

•    be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;

•    have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);

•    have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;

•    be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;

•    be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;

•    have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;

•    expect to return to the US and continue your education.

Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application highlighting why an experience in a Summer Institute would be transformative for the applicant, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will not be discriminated against due to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).


Deadline: Applications are due 23 February 2017 Midnight EST.

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions below.  If you have questions or any general enquiries, you may send them to:  Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the application period.

To Apply:

1. Complete our online application form. You will be asked to register to the website with a username (e-mail address) and password.  You may save your application in order to return and work on/finish at a later date. Please be sure to note your password.  

2. Link for two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references.  Applicants should direct their references to this online form. References must be submitted by midnight EST on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf. 

3. Copy of your transcript: Transcripts need to be attached to the online application in the form of a PDF. Please do not send the US-UK Commission these PDFs or links to transcript access sites. Transcripts need to be included on the form for a complete application. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you; we will accept all transcripts, if they are included in the application.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or other reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.   


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of  April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


23 November: Competition opens

23 February:  Application deadline

Late March to early April:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview

April:  Telephone Interviews 

Late April:  Notification for successful applicants

May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information

16 June:  Departure for UK

17 June:  Arrival in the UK

14 July:  Return to USA

Additional Information


Academic Programme

Students will choose to study one of the following modules:

•    English Folklore (English)

•    London Look: Fashion Style (History)

•    Royals: Monarchy through Art/Architecture (Art)

•    Exploring Sussex Wildlife and Habitats (Field Biology)

•    British Theatre (Theatre, English)

•    Popular Literature in English: Children’s Literature

•    Walking into History of Brighton/Hove: City and Social Changes

•    British Popular Culture

Modules will be delivered through small-class seminars where participation in debate and discussion is key. Classes will also include field-trips where students will get to explore the local area, or visit relevant sites of interest, or take a trip to London. For more details, visit the ISS module webpage here:

Credit transfer must be approved in advance so make sure to download the syllabus from the module webpage and pass this to your home department as soon as possible.

Cultural Activities

Students also have the opportunity to take part in a  social programme that has been carefully designed to make sure they can explore Britain, learn about the history and culture, meet and mingle with other students and above all have  fun.While taking part in their social programme students will always be accompanied by trained and responsible staff who will ensure that they are informed, safe and well-looked after. 

Some trips and activities that will be on offer include:

Bath and Stonehenge: the beautiful Regency city of Bath in the West Country, home of the ancient Roman Baths.  Along the way will be a visit to the  mysterious Stonehenge, England's most important prehistoric monument.

The Making of Harry Potter: if you fell in love with the Harry Potter film series, this is a must-see attraction. Join this trip for an unforgettable tour at Warner Bros. Studio.

Dark side of Brighton tour: take part in an evening walk featuring some of the shadowy alleyways, ghosts, and gruesome tales of Brighton's murky past led by a qualified professional guide.


The participants in the International Summer School will be appointed one mentor for the group; this will be a Sussex home student who will be able to provide advice on the local area, travelling, safety and where to shop and eat in Brighton.