OK, I'm currently taking physics here in Sussex and let me tell you, it is HARD. You have classes 16 hours a week, which includes labs, workshops and lectures.
There is no time to do anything. When I first applied, I imagined myself jetting off and traveling every weekend, but no; my life revolves around physics.
Nobody teaches you anything here. Yet you are still required to attend every lecture, lab, and workshop. Lectures are useless and labs are graded VERY harshly. There are weekly hw sets consisting of 25 HARD and very time consuming problems that I wouldn't know how to start without looking it up online. You are basically expected to learn independently and ask the TAs in workshop if you need help.
The last midterm was 10 problems in 1 hour. Sounds doable, right? But guess what, the class average was below a 4, and a 4 is barely passing here. So many people complained to the instructor to no avail. Last I heard, five people packed up and flew home because the class is so difficult here.
I already regret coming here. The food is terrible and everything is EXPENSIVE. Honestly, I'm borderline depressed. I do like England-- don't get me wrong-- but I'd only come here for vacation and not to study abroad. So be sure to think throughly if you think it's worth paying a fortune to barely pass physics here, just because you don't want to take a full year of it at your own institution.
When I first applied, I heard nothing but great things too, like how "super easy" physics is here and that it's a great gpa booster. However, according to the professor, they had to raise their standards from last year and made the course more difficult and calculus-based.
Last edited by sussexeap; 08-01-2011 at 10:09 PM.