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International students

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International students

BSMS and the two universities provide an array of student support, academically and socially, and the universities have dedicated offices to advise and support those coming from abroad.

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Why study at BSMS?

You will study for a UK primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). You will work alongside an enthusiastic faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching breaking the boundaries of medical research, and you will receive personal teaching to ensure you get the best education possible. 

Seminars will be complemented by your work in laboratories and lectures, where you will undertake group work, dissection and research projects to give you the skills you will need as a doctor. Right from the start, you will also meet patients in the community and on the wards, developing your clinical skills.

Based on reportedly the sunniest campuses in the UK, you will have the tranquil Sussex countryside and picturesque villages minutes from your door. Brighton's beach and vibrant social scene are four miles away; Gatwick is half an hour by train and London is an hour's train journey away.

Fees

International fees for 2021/22 will be £37,293 per annum; Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will pay £19,000 per year. In subsequent years, fees for international students may rise with inflation (RPI) or 5% per year (whichever is greater).

If offered a place to study at BSMS, you will be required to pay a £1,500 tuition fee deposit when you accept your offer. You need to ensure that you have the means to cover the cost of your fees and other expenses for the whole five years before you begin your course.

With effect from 2021/22 onwards, EU nationals starting new undergraduate courses will pay international fees and will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Some financial help is available from the universities for international students. For example, the University of Brighton offers an undergraduate scholarship which gives a £2,500 reduction in tuition fees in Year 1. Details are liable to change and application deadlines vary so please check the university websites.

Read more about the University of Brighton's international scholarships >

Find out more about the University of Sussex's international funding and other essential information > 

English language requirements

International students must hold an English language qualification; you may download the full list below.

IELTS

7 overall and not less that 7 in each of the 4 sections. This must be achieved no more than three years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS. 

Download English language requirements > 

Support for international students

Advice ranging from immigration procedures to cultural information about the UK is available on the two university websites, so that you will feel well prepared when you arrive.

Falmer is easily accessed by bus and train, whether you have arrived in the UK by air, sea or land. Providing you submit your housing application by the deadline, you will be guaranteed on-campus accommodation for the first year only. The first weeks of term will be full of opportunities to meet local and international students from the two universities, through parties, walks, shows, balls and much more, organised by the international support offices.

You will meet your personal tutor and the student welfare advisors, who will be your first points of contact if you experience any difficulties settling in. You will get to know your way around BSMS and have time to explore the campus and Brighton.

The universities' international students societies provide a supportive environment to help you integrate into university life in the UK. They are open to all nationalities and, together with the universities' international support offices, they arrange a diverse range of events during the year. The University of Brighton international support team can provide practical advice and support.