University of Sussex
American Studies (with a study abroad year) BA (Hons)
University of Sussex

Key Course Facts

Course Description

About the course

Take an interdisciplinary approach to studying America by examining its history, politics, literature and culture. By studying the nation that has played a pivotal role in shaping the 20th and 21st centuries, you’ll better understand the world we live in today.

You’ll learn from one of the largest groups of experts dedicated to American Studies in the UK. Our faculty’s broad research interests are reflected in our module options, allowing you to tailor your course according to the areas that interest you. Sussex also fosters an active student community, through activities including an undergraduate seminar series featuring international speakers.

You have the opportunity to study for a year at a university in North America – including our prestigious partner institutions like UC Berkeley and Georgetown – building your confidence and expanding your intellectual horizons.

About Sussex

Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better.

Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries.


We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast.

We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away.

With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Qualification requirements

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

If you are taking Advanced Highers we would normally expect you to have at least BBB.

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 21-24 credits at Distinction. The Access to HE Diploma should be in the humanities or social sciences.

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at [email protected]

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 Including at least 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 59 Including at least 59 in all four skills.
TOEFL (iBT) 80 TOEFL (iBT), including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees American Studies (with a study abroad year) BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £18500 year 1
International £18500 year 1

Additional fee information

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

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About University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is a publicly funded research university based in Falmer, Brighton. The university is surrounded by South Downs National Park, which makes it the only English university to be situated in a National Park. Sussex also formed part of the 1994 Group, a coalition of research-intensive universities in the UK which was dissolved in 2013.

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Where is this programme taught

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