OSU Sussex Application Checklist

All OSU students are required to complete the OSU Online Study Abroad Application. By completing this online application, a non-refundable, $50 application fee will be charged to your OSU student account.


University of Sussex Program Deadlines

  • If you want to be considered for an exchange spot for the year, fall or winter/spring semester, apply by February 15.
  • Non-exchange spots may be available winter/spring semester; apply by September 1
Application Fee: 

See the Application Fee page for details.


Order an official transcript to be sent to your study abroad advisor or program coordinator by the application deadline. Your program may require an additional official transcript if you are enrolling at a university abroad.

Order one transcript from each institution you have attended and have earned 15 credits or more.

OSU official transcripts can be ordered through the OSU Online Services student account or through the Office of the Registrar.

Program Provider Application: 

Students who wish to go as 'exchange' will need to meet minimum criteria in order to be considered, which include:


  • State of Oregon residency
  • 3.0 OSU GPA or greater
  • Strong recommendations from at least one faculty member (and one other may be employer, advisor, etc.)
  • Willingness to be a representative of OSU whilst abroad (may require public speaking or outreach at host institution)
  • Good standing at OSU; previous Student Conduct violations will be discussed with each applicant to assess suitability for program
  • Willingness to speak with others about the program upon return to OSU
  • Seniors in final term of study are not encouraged to participate in this program (transcript credits may not be available by the time of graduation).


1. Review your First and Next Steps on the Student section of our website. Review Application Checklist for planning of application submissions. 

2. Fill out OSU's Study Abroad application (here: https://studyabroad.oregonstate.edu/apply/).

3. Refer to the Sussex course descriptions for intended class schedule (classes are called "modules") to be taken in term(s) abroad. Review this with your Academic Advisor using Academic Planning form, downloadable here: http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/academic.

For Academic Year:

For summer:

4. Arrange for 2 references to be sent to your study abroad advisor at our IDEA Office address, to the attention of: Sussex Exchange Coodinator. See the References page for details. References may submit the printable form, a letter, or email the Coordinator directly.

5. Complete essays describing your interest in study abroad and a bit about yourself.

6. Submit the following to the IDEA UK coordinator:

  • Completed Sussex University application form 
  • Most current official transcript (year-long and fall applicants must include most recent grades)
  • 3 Essays
  • Explanation of any Student Conduct violations and remedies to poor behavioral choices 

A passport valid for six months beyond your program is required. Apply for a passport immediately if you have not done so already. Visit travel.state.gov for an application.

Required Essays: 

Three essays are required to be submitted by the application deadline. If you are having trouble with the essays, consider visiting the Writing Center or Career Services for assistance.

See Application Essays for details.

Letters of Reference: 

See the References page for details.

You will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview as soon as your application materials have been received. Off-site students will be interviewed by phone if desired. Consider contacting OSU's Career Services office for guidance, for exchange or internship interviews.
Health Disclosure: 

All students are required to return this form before they travel abroad. See the Health Disclosure Form page for details.

Academic Planning Form: 

All students are required to complete this form, with the assitance of their Academic Advisor. See the Academic Planning Form page for details.

Attend General Orientation: 

All students are required to attend general pre-departure orientation. View orientation dates and registration.

Attend Site-Specific Orientation: 

There will be an on-site orientation at Sussex once you arrive, and participants are required to attend the OSU pre-departure Orientation the term before they leave. This will provide information on the UK in general as well as an opportunity to connect with others who have studied at Sussex, or British students studying at OSU.

Your program enrolls you in insurance for the duration of your participation. Review the insurance policy and carry additional claim forms and your insurance card with you abroad.

You may be required to obtain a student visa for England. As of 2008, students studying for more than 6 months require a visa. If your program of study is less than 6 months, you do not need a visa to enter the UK. Students studying 6 months or longer will need to apply for a "Tier 4" visa.

Instructions will be given at the UK orientation. Students should refer to the UK Border Agency website or the Visa4UK website for updated information.

There are several steps to the application, including travel to a regional center to be fingerprinted.

Travel Clinic: 

All students are encouraged to visit their primary care provider before going abroad. Information about immunizations and travel health can be obtained from the Travel Medicine Clinic at Student Health Services.

File FAFSA and apply for financial aid for the term(s) of your program.

IDEA will submit a financial aid budget with your estimated cost of attendance to the Office of Financial Aid the term prior to your departure so that your aid award may be adjusted.

Use this form to estimate the total cost of your attendance on the program. Visit the Budget Worksheet page for details. Exchange students can expect to pay their OSU tuition and some fees, and students going on "Study Abroad" will pay fees for tuition directly to Sussex (See here for academic year or Summer fees)

IDEA will register you for 12-15 blanket credits per term you are abroad. You will not receive financial aid for the program unless you are registered. To be registered, your account must be free of any hold, and your OSU bill balance must be below $2,200.
Grades and Credits: 
This program earns resident credit at OSU. Each course you take must be assessed for how the credit will be applied to your degree program. Save all coursework and syllabi while you are abroad and work with your study abroad advisor to establish your course equivalencies when you return.

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