United Kingdom: Business Semester in Brighton

Brighton is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with great architectural character, and a lively atmosphere. The city is only an hour from London and half an hour from Gatwick Airport. The town offers a range of diverse entertainment - Theatre Royal, Brighton Centre, Gardner Arts Centre, and the Dome theatre.

Brighton Business School is based at Mithras House on the outskirts of Brighton and covers a range of business subject areas including: business strategy, accounting, economics, finance, operations management, marketing, business information, law, human resource management, management development, and innovation management. This program is best suited towards students who have been admitted into the Seidman College of Business. Students are only allowed to take courses through the Brighton Business School. This exchange offers students a full immersion into a UK University for either one semester or an academic year.

Host University 

Brighton School of Business Incoming Exchange Student website

GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options. 

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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Estimated Program Dates: August 2022 - April 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)

Winter 2023

Estimated Program Dates: February 2023 - May 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)

Fall 2023

Program Dates: September 25, 2023 - December 15, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Academic Year 2023 (Fall 2023-Winter 2024)

Program Dates: September 25, 2023 - April 22, 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)

Winter 2024

Estimated Program Dates: February 2024 - May 2024
Application Deadline: September 1, 2023


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While a variety of courses are now available to students, the primary sponsor is the Brighton School of Business, therefore, students must be business majors to participate in this program. Coursework in the UK consists of lectures and seminar components. Students are expected to attend each component of a course every week.

Course Options Use this button to view all available course options and descriptions.

Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.

 Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions. 

Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.


Students can apply for University residence halls with a single bedroom and shared washing and toilet facilities. Space in halls are limited and is not guaranteed. Students may also be placed in private lodging where accommodation is rented from a private home owner. For more information, visit the Accommodations website.

Cost and Scholarships

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Cost Breakdown

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above Cost Breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

How will I pay for this?

Financial Aid FAQ's

International Exchange Grant ($500 - $1,500): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898 


2.5 GPA required. Business Students must be admitted to SCB

No Covid Restrictions for entry

Additional Information

Host University Website



Cultural Information

Campus Info / Campus Life

Find more information about student life on campus at this link https://www.brighton.ac.uk/current-students/my-student-life/index.aspx


Academic Year: September - June (40 weeks)

Fall:  September - February (19 weeks) * Students needing to return home in December are allowed to do so.

Winter (UB's Spring): February - June (19 weeks)

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Visa Requirements

Students applying for one semester at University of Brighton can enter the UK as a student visitor without securing a student visa prior to departure (some restrictions do apply). A student visa is required for students who will study at the University of Brighton for the academic year or longer than 6 months. The student visa guide provides information regarding the visa application process for both semester and academic-year students. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Arrival Information


You cannot enter the UK on a flight via Ireland because you will not receive the correct stamp in your passport to validate your student visa. More information about this is available from the UK Council of International Student Affairs https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Arriving-via-Ireland#layer-3648 

The main airports in the South East region are London Gatwick and London Heathrow. London Gatwick is closest to Brighton (approximately 30 mins by road) whereas Heathrow is further away on the west outskirts of London (approximately 1 ½ hrs by road). You can then travel to Brighton from either airport by either coach or train. 
National Express coaches run from both Gatwick and Heathrow and tickets can be booked on their website www.nationalexpress.co.uk
Direct trains run from Gatwick to Brighton regularly via Southern Railway (www.southernrailway.com) and the Gatwick Express (www.gatwickexpress.co.uk) whereas you can travel from London Heathrow through London on the Underground (www.tfl.gov.uk) and then take a Southern Railway train from London Victoria train station.

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (United Kingdom)

US State Department - Students Abroad

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report


Application Timeline

2022-2023 Fact Sheet


Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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