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University of Sussex, Brighton, England

by Lynn Setzler — Posted Apr 13, 2011 02:20 PM
This university boasts strong programs in post-colonialism, women’s studies, gender theory and postmodernism.

The University of Sussex

Sussex1The history of the University of Sussex parallels the recent history of England.  In 1911, the city of Brighton held a series of meetings to discuss ways to fund a university.  However, with the beginning of the First World War, plans were halted and funding stopped.  In June of 1958, the government approved the scheme of a university in Brighton, and the University of Sussex was born.  It is associated with postwar social change, social engagement, and liberalism because of the time and purpose for which it was established.

Seemingly in contrast with Brighton’s fun-loving atmosphere, the University is a serious and well-ranked academic institution.  It has one of the most architecturally interesting campuses in England, with many of the building being designed to reflect the chalky South Downs surrounding them or to look like something else—the Falmer House looks like a camera, while the Arts A builing looks like a rugby goal post.  Interestingly, the layout of the campus is said to be designed to appear to be a sitting cat when viewed from an aerial perspective.
According to the University’s web site:
The English Department at Sussex is at the forefront of developments in literary studies. Our current degree programmes in both English and Drama Studies, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, are widely recognised for their combination of coherence, innovation and variety. The Higher Education Funding Council's assessment of teaching quality rated the English department 'excellent' and the department also received 5 out of 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise, recognising our excellence in research which in turn feeds directly into our teaching.

At the University of Sussex, there are several interdisciplinary centers of study that provide students and faculty with unparalleled resources for scholarship and research:

Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies             Centre for Early Modern Studies
Centre for Literature and Philosophy                         Centre for Modernist Studies

In addition to its excellent research avenues, the University offers a wide variety of courses that will suit every taste, including:

Aspects of Literary History                                        Modern and Contemporary English
Narrative and Culture                                                 Themes in European Literature and Thought
Theories of Drama                                                      What is Literature?
Reading in the West                                                   Reading Theatre Texts
English Literature, 1832-1914                                    English Literature, 1880-1940
English Literature, 1919-Present                                European Film and Literature
European Short Stories                                               Lyric Poetry and Personal Experience
Modern and Postmodern Drama                                Plato’s Legacy: Beauty and Truth
Arthurian Legends and the Matter of Britain in the Middle Ages

Housing and Meals

There is a variety of housing options available for international students at The University of Sussex, and housing is guaranteed for you as an international student.  Most of the housing options consist of a private room with shared kitchen and bathroom areas.  You will need to provide things like cutlery, pots and pans, plates, and other kitchen supplies. All residences are heated and furnished with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and bookshelf. Additionally, most rooms have their own sink.  Flats are generally mixed sex, but there are female-only flats available if requested. Meals are prepared by you—there are no catered housing options at The University of Sussex.

Brighton, England

Sussex2Brighton is located on the southeast coast of England, and is a popular resort town for residents from all over England.  It is an important cultural city for the UK, and is home to many breathtaking landmarks and historical sites.  It is a young, fun, and vibrant town centered upon the tourism and entertainment industries.  The University of Sussex is located right outside of the city, and is the only university in England to be located entirely within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—the South Downs.

Located in Brighton is the Brighton Pier, which opened in 1899 and is home to a funfair, restaurants, and arcade halls.

Sussex3St. Nicholas Church, built in the 11th century, is the oldest building in Brighton and is a popular tourist attraction.  Most popular of all, however, are the miles of beaches which make Brighton a summer hotspot.  Less than an hour by train from London, and is a popular weekend getaway location.  Along the beaches are a series of restaurants, clubs, bars, and amusement arcades.  In May, Brighton hosts the Brighton Festival, England’s largest arts festival.  Theatre, music, art, crafts, and literature are displayed and celebrated.