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University of Sussex

144 reviews
3.85 / 5 based on 144 reviews
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I had pretty good English before coming to the University. So I did not experience any difficulties in communication with native speakers. So it was not a decisive factor. My choise mainly was concerned the field of study.
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The UK is quite expensive country, which is not a secret. So if you are going to the UK, you have to be ready for that. Though the salary rates are very high as well.
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Travel, Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Food, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
It is quite difficult to open a bank account for a international student for the first time. And it may be some other problems in the future connected with banks. Cost-saving tips are different, for example to know cheaper shops, to buy bus saver for a year etc.
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
They were pretty good, though the quality could have been a bit better. Moreover I had only two classes per week (it was postgraduate courses and the main part of studying was homework)
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
A few more courses and a bit better quality involving the participation of more people in a group
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It is worth to read law provisions concerning education, work in the host country, in order to have problems in the future.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I would probably recommend to add some more classes for postgraduate students in order to devote more time to main subjects by means of group communication.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
If I had to choose again I would go to the University of Sussex. It is very beautiful university with huge library, many computer rooms, shops, bars (on campus!), laundry... Basically there is everything you need.
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Brighton is a city famous for its mainly young population and the presence of lots of bars and clubs. You would never be bored either playing pool in a pub or dancing all night in a club. It also has cinemas, bowling centres, museums ... and the sea! (well, English channel)
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Nastassia
Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Law, International, Graduate, LLM
University of Sussex
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I lived in a very nice on-campus small flat with a kitchen and a bathroom. It was all very clean (though it depends on students themselves) and warm. The kitchen included fridge, stove, kettle, toaster etc... Everything you need for normal living.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The University of Sussex accomodations are quite good with all possible choises such as rooms, houses, family flats etc. They all are situated within the area of the University which is very comfortable for studying. Moreover at the moment the University is building new student residences, though I can not say anything about the quality since these residences are only "half-done".
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