8 Reasons to Study Abroad in Brighton, England

So you’re thinking of heading to England and the only decision left to make is where will you go? USAC offers four programs in England; Brighton, Bristol, London, and Reading. Really there is something for everyone. But today, we’re going to talk about the city known as “London-by-the-Sea”. Brighton offers an authentic England experience and will surprise you in a variety of ways.

Here are 8 reasons why you should study in Brighton.

#1. It’s not touristy

Tell anyone you’re interested in studying abroad in England and they will most likely assume you’re heading to London. Don’t get us wrong, we love London, we offer a program there as well,  but some students are looking for a different kind of England experience, outside the nation’s capital, and that’s where Brighton comes into play.

A big enough town that there’s always something going on, Brighton gets you out of the busy city but still full of everything England has to offer. You’ll experience a laid-back vibe where you’ll get to know the locals and your favorite coffee shops in no time.

#2. It’s a coastal town

Brighton is located on the southern coast of England right on the English channel. No matter the time of year you can head down to the beach for a stroll alongside the water, picnic on the beach, or sunbath seaside.

#3. You’re only 30 minutes away from London

If you’re heading to England then you need to see London! Brighton is only a 30-minute train ride away from the city so you can head into the hustle and bustle whenever you want. However, we have a feeling you’ll like Brighton so much that you’ll want to stick in town on your free time.

#4: You can enroll in classes with local and international students

USAC partners with the University of Brighton which attracts students from around the world. Popular courses include literature, journalism, and cultural studies but you can choose from a variety of courses at the university for a semester or yearlong term.

#5: You’ll be surrounded by unique history

Brighton’s history is worth noting. The city developed as a holiday resort and spa city in the early nineteenth century. It’s fame started with the building of the Royal Pavilion, an enormous pleasure palace in the city centre in which Prince Regent George IV would entertain friends and host parties. Surrounded by gardens, the area still attracts tourists and locals. Although most tourists never look further than the Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion, students will find a lively alternative scene.

#6: You can participate in a variety of field trips

Not all USAC partnership programs include field trips, but the staff at the University of Brighton American Office organize a variety of field trips for USAC students that we recommend taking advantage of. Although a small additional fee, the guided tours are worth the price.

Bath and Stonehenge
A weekend trip to Bath, Stonehenge, and Bristol. No one knows why the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge was built, though it probably was constructed as a place of worship.

Bodiam Castle
Tour by coach through the Sussex and Kent countryside to picturesque Bodiam Castle, a medieval, moated castle built in 1385. Then it is on to the old smugglers’ fishing town of Rye.

East Sussex
A day tour of the countryside and places of scenic and historical interest east of Brighton will take you to Cuckmere Haven, where the River Cuckmere flows into the English Channel through the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters; Beachy Head, a famous lighthouse situated at the bottom of chalk cliffs; and Alfriston, a picturesque Sussex village on the Cuckmere River.

London
An escorted day tour will show you some of the main sights of England’s capital city: Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square.

Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon
Join a weekend trip to Oxford, the famous ancient university town, and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. The field trip includes a guided tour of Stratford and theatre tickets for a Royal Shakespeare Company performance at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre on Saturday evening and a visit to Warwick Castle.

Paris
A long weekend in Paris spent at a central Parisian hotel (within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower). Walking tours, a ride on the Seine by night, and visits to numerous sites, including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Moulan Rouge, Sacre Coeure, the Champs Elysee, and the Palace of Versailles, will give you a lovely taste of the City of Lights.

**The University of Brighton is waiving the fee for the Paris Field Trip for three USAC students for Fall 2018! Apply by May 18, 2018 for a chance to win a free field trip to Paris!**

#7: You can shop until you drop

It may come as a surprise that Brighton is a shoppers paradise. From markets and shops to Churchill Square Mall and independent shops you can find everything from modern to vintage items.

#8: You’ll never be bored

Students are often surprised by the variety of things to do in Brighton. Something is happening every night of the week and the city is full of festivals, events, live music, and ongoing activities. The public transportation is easy to navigate so you’ll have no problem hopping around town to enjoy everything this gem of a city has to offer.

If you’re ready to start your study abroad journey in Brighton, head to the USAC website to learn more about this program.