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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, one in the city centre and the other a 20-minute stroll away on the riverside, 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.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Limited.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
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, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $20,750
Semester 1 16-17: $10,950
Semester 2 16-17: $11,500

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:
SM1: June 1, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Sunderland, England, United Kingdom (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English
University of Sunderland Home Page
Sunderland Study Abroad Home Page

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, 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, psychology, sport and exercise sciences. Faculty of Education and Society 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].


Sunderland issues transcripts twice a year: at the end of February for SM1, and in July for SM2 and Full Year students. If students require additional copies, a request should be submitted before leaving Sunderland. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Academic Notes
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.

Language Notes
I-to-I applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to submit a minimum IELTS score of 6 or equivalent. Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

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.

Special Academic Conditions
Students cannot take dissertation modules. Some classes within Engineering and Sciences are not available to exchange students. There are some limitations on practice-based classes such as Glass and Ceramics and Arts.

Pre-requisites or previous experience may be required in order to study certain subjects or modules (for example, Social Work). Please refer to our Module Guide for further information.

Hints for Researching Courses
Go to What Can I Study for more information and to access our Module Guide. 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.

You should use the Module Guide, which is the most up to date guide of modules available*. You should choose as many options as possible, but you will only be enrolled on 60 credits per semester that you are here.

*Please note that modules are subject to availability.

Housing and Meals
Study Abroad and Exchange students are housed in Clanny House halls of residence. 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 and ISEP 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 studentís 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.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: £200

There will be a full orientation for all new students, and will include social, cultural, immigration, medical, security, financial, and academic information.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet. Airport pick-up is available on official arrival dates.

Student Activities
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 UKís most up and coming cities. A vibrant music and club scene, cafť 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. Sunderlandís 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 youíre also welcome to start your own. The Studentís 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.)
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/. Please note that working and volunteering may not be possible under some UKVI visa regulations and students should check this if interested in volunteering opportunities.

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 CitySpace building on the City Campus and is home to a variety of catering, social, sports, exhibition and fitness spaces, offering something for everyone.