University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland is a modern, innovative university at the heart of one of the UK’s most up and coming cities. Housed on two campuses, the university offers a wide range of subjects including languages, business and tourism, media production and performing arts. Winner of the 2010 Guardian newspaper ‘Best new university in the North East of England’, the University of Sunderland is proud to welcome international students from across the world.
Sunderland is located on the northeast coast of England with easy access to the nearby coast and countryside. Nearby Newcastle International airport is within easy reach and has regular flights to the major hubs of Heathrow/Gatwick and Amsterdam. London is approximately 3.5 hours by train.
Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct academic year or semester programs
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.
Academic year: mid-September to June; Semester 1: mid-September to late January; Semester 2: late January to mid-June. Semester 1 students may be able to make arrangements for early exams or alternative assignment in order to finish at the Christmas break.
For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page
The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition and Housing
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition and Housing:
Summer 2013: $4,400
Full Year 13-14: $19,900
Semester 1 13-14: $11,000
Semester 2 13-14: $11,000
Full Year 13-14: $15,400
Semester 1 13-14: $8,700
Semester 2 13-14: $8,700
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
May 1, 2013
October 15, 2013 (TBC)
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
art [ceramics, glass, photography], design [3D design, animation, illustration], media [communications, film studies, journalism, media, public relations, TV & radio production, video & new media], performance arts [drama, dance, music]. Faculty of Business and Law
[accounting, business, European business, international business, finance, law, management, marketing, hospitality & tourism, events management]. Faculty of Applied Sciences
biomedical science, biotechnology, computing and engineering [artificial intelligence, automotive design, broadcast & multimedia computing, business computing, digital systems, forensic computing, information technology, intelligent robotics, network computing, product design, software engineering, technology management], drug and alcohol studies, environment, geography, health and caring professions, pharmacy, chemistry and pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, psychology, sport and exercise sciences. Faculty of Education and Society
Education [business education, design & technology, early childhood studies, information technology education, mathematics education, modern languages, music education, primary education, science education], Culture [American studies, English, history, politics, religious studies, modern foreign languages], Social Sciences [early years, childhood studies, family studies, community & youth work studies, health & social care, criminology, social work, sociology].
Psychology, Law, Art History and Engineering modules (and many computing modules) must be studied on a full-year basis, and are not available to single-semester students.
I-to-I applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to submit a minimum IELTS score of 6 or equivalent.
If you do not have the necessary English language qualifications you can study English for Academic Purposes (EAP UP) during the summer before your ISEP programme begins. This programme of short courses helps students to develop the necessary language skills to succeed in their higher education studies. It also provides an insight into the British culture. Please see our EAP UP brochure for details of dates of entry and costs: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/images/eap_up.pdf
Hints for Researching Courses
Go to Sunderland Study Abroad
for more information. Modules may carry 10 - 40 credits each. Most students take 60 credits per semester, which equals 30 ECTS, or 12-15 US credits. It is recommended that students select a few extra courses/modules that they would be willing to enroll in (as back-ups) in case a particular course they have selected on their application is not being offered during a particular semester.
Search for module descriptions on the online module catalogue
by using the module codes. Simply enter the full module code in the ’module code" box and hit return. You can then click on the module title and a full printable description will be displayed. Note:
Only the modules listed in the Module Listings
booklet are available on the Study Abroad Programme.
Housing and Meals
The university provides a choice of residence halls. Most rooms are single study-bedrooms. There are some rooms suitable for families and students with special needs. A free campus bus operates between all halls of residence and the university campuses. Cooking facilities are available in each halls of residence; exchange students will receive a stipend to cover expenses for groceries and/or meals at cafeterias or restaurants. Please note that due to administrative procedures at Sunderland, the stipend cheque will not be available until one or two weeks after the student’s arrival on campus and students will need to open a bank account to deposit it. The stipend cheque does not apply to ISEP direct students. Sunderland is one of the best value places to live in the country, so students will find their money goes further.
Sunderland has everything you would expect from a major city. Arts, culture, sport, heritage and history are in plenty supply. But the city also has a few extras. Sunderland has the added advantage of being a city by the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with Newcastle, Northumberland and the North Yorkshire Moors on the doorstep. Sunderland is one of the UK’s most up and coming cities. A vibrant music and club scene, café style culture, premiership football and indoor shopping centres are making Sunderland a desirable place to live.
One of the best things about being a student is the sense of belonging you feel. Sunderland’s Students" Union is at the heart of this. Union membership is free and open to everyone. There are over 40 clubs and societies and chances are you will find that your hobby or interest is already provided for, but if not you’re also welcome to start your own. The Student’s Union also run trips specifically for International students at a discounted rate to cities such as Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool.
Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience and meet new people. Our voluntary projects enable students to gain valuable work-related skills with local organisations, charities and community groups. The opportunities offered are varied and include working with children and young people, the elderly or people with learning disabilities in a range of roles, working on conservation projects, website design, public relations and more. The wide range of opportunities available allows you to choose something that matches your interests and the amount of time you have to give. For further information on our volunteering projects visit: http://sls.sunderland.ac.uk/ces/
The University of Sunderland has more than 15,000 students, and welcomes over 1,000 international students from nearly 60 countries. Taught programs in the university are based upon a modular structure allowing most students scope to tailor their degree to their exact requirements. There is a wide choice of student societies, and sports facilities include a 25-metre pool, two gymnasia, weights and fitness rooms, and floodlit outdoor facilities. The brand new CitySpace building opened September 2009 on the City Campus and is home to a variety of catering, social, sports, exhibition and fitness spaces, offering something for everyone.
The University of Sunderland is a modern, innovative university at the heart of one of the UK’s most up and coming cities. Housed on two campuses, the university offers a wide range of subjects including languages, business and tourism, media production and performing arts. Psychology, Law, Art History and Engineering modules (and many computing modules) must be studied on a full-year basis, and are not available to single-semester students.