THE University of Sussex has been named best in the UK and one of the top ten in the world for student mobility, latest rankings show.

The university placed eighth in the world in the World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2021 rankings for its student mobility and openness.

Across almost every degree, Sussex University has worked to include integrated and optional study abroad years and semesters, with one of their flagship courses - American Studies - incorporating the year abroad as a key component of student’s studies since the Seventies.

Professor Richard Follett, deputy pro vice chancellor, said: “We are immensely proud to be recognised as a national and global leader in student mobility and innovation in the higher education sector.

“We believe our students benefit from being part of a global network. We provide study and work opportunities around the world and, likewise, welcome thousands of students from around the world every year to Sussex.

“It is our vision for the future of the university to create more international leadership opportunities and to give even more of our students the opportunity to have an international experience during their time at Sussex.”

​​The university credits its “culture of flexibility” as part of its attraction to overseas students, including from Japan and the United States, and stated its commitment to supporting European mobility schemes through the new Turing Scheme - set up by the UK government to replace its participation in the EU Erasmus programme.

Sussex University also placed third out of UK universities for innovation in the same study, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

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