International Summer School

Terms and Conditions

Academic conditions

All students registered for a module are expected to attend all classes, take mid-term and final examinations, and complete all required academic work and extended essays. Final examinations and due dates for final essays will be in the last two days of each session. Instructors may not administer examinations early or late, nor may they promise make-up examinations, or allow late submission of work. If a student is absent from the final examination for documented and very serious medical or personal reasons, they may submit evidence to the Mitigating Evidence Committee to be allowed to make up work. If a student fails a module they may be offered the opportunity to submit additional work as a ‘resit’. This is discretionary, and both grades will appear on your final transcript.

A student who neglects academic work, is inadequately prepared, or disrupts classes with inappropriate behaviour will be required to withdraw, in which circumstance no fees will be refunded. All work submitted to meet module requirements is expected to be the student’s own work, and a student found guilty of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action. For more detail on assessment policy and procedures, please refer to the International Summer School Students’ Handbook, which you will receive before you arrive.

Transcripts will be mailed by mid-October. Students must clear any debts to the University of Sussex before their transcript will be issued.

Enrolment conditions

All students are required as a condition of enrolment to pay all fees due from them to the University by 13 June 2014 (before the course begins), and to abide by, and to submit to, the requirements of the University’s Charter and Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations, as amended from time to time. View copies of the current Charter and Statutes, and Ordinances and Regulations.

Students who are not EEA nationals, or who will not be staying in the UK more than 6 months, are required to have health insurance to cover any medical costs.

Withdrawal or variation of courses and modules

The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this guide. However, the University keeps its modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of modules described in this guide.

The University is largely dependent upon public and charitable funds, which it has to manage in a way that is efficient and cost effective, in order to provide a diverse range of modules to a large number of students. The University therefore reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a place if circumstances beyond its control prevent it from offering the module specified, and to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University.

If there are not sufficient enrolments to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel the module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module, but cannot guarantee to do so. Further, if subsequent to an offer of a module, the designated tutor ceases to be available, and if there is no suitable alternative instructor, then the University reserves the right to withdraw the offer of such module.

The University welcomes comments on its modules from students’ parents and sponsors. However, the University’s contracts with its students do not confer rights on third parties for the purposes of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

Distance contracts regulations

The admissions process falls under legislation that regulates ‘contracts formed at a distance’. The contract that is created when you accept an offer is binding on the University (ie the University must admit you if you satisfy the conditions specified). After accepting an offer, you can withdraw at any time up to enrolment, the ‘distance contracts’ regulations simply reinforce your rights. The £150 application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw.

The same regulations also require us to clarify that the services with which we will provide you, should you accept an offer from us, are as set out in the sections on the next page (subject to the caveats above regarding withdrawal or variation of modules).

Fees and accommodation costs

Fee details are given on the Fees webpage of the International Summer School. Please contact the International Summer School (issoffice@sussex.ac.uk) for any further information.

If you withdraw after you have submitted your application, you will not receive a refund on the £150 application fee; there are no exceptions. You are required to pay the balance of fees owed between 1 June 2014 and 13 June 2014, before the programme commences. You have seven days after receipt of payment to withdraw and apply in writing for a refund, minus the application fee, which is not refundable. After seven days of receipt of payment, you may withdraw but will not be refunded unless you apply to the International Summer School in writing and can provide compelling evidence of your reason for withdrawal (eg, medical certificate documenting a serious condition, visa refusal documentation). In these extraordinary cases (which are at the discretion of the University of Sussex), you may be able to receive a refund minus the £150 application fee and one weeks’ housing (£146), as well as an administrative fee of £450. This does not apply to students coming through a partnership arrangement with another university, who are subject to the partner university’s terms and conditions.

If your first and second choice modules were cancelled due to low enrolment or other reason, you will be given a refund of tuition and housing fees, though not the £150 application fee.

If you withdraw before the end of your module, you will not automatically be eligible for a refund of fees. However, if you wish to be considered for a refund, you should submit your request in writing to the International Summer School office.

Programme/contact information

International Summer School 
Jubilee Building
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9SL, UK

Programme start/duration:
Session 1: 23 June - 18 July (4 weeks)
Session 2: 21 July - 15 August (4 weeks)
Sessions 1 and 2: 23 June - 15 August (8 weeks)

See a full list of our modules.

Facilities and services

The University endeavours to provide the best possible equipment and facilities for all programmes and courses, and provides a wide range of support services (for example, library services, media services, computing facilities, and catering and student services).

The University endeavours to ensure that the facilities, services and equipment provided for the purpose of programmes and courses are of a proper standard. Such facilities, services and equipment may, however, be provided by third parties and not by the University. Although the University will endeavour to ensure that proper facilities and equipment are provided for the programme or course, to be delivered to a reasonable standard, it can accept no responsibility for the nature of, and reserves the right to withdraw or change, facilities, equipment or services.

Force majeure

The University cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or expense resulting from any delay, variation or failure in the provision of services or facilities relating to any programme or course arising from circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control, including (but not limited to) earthquake, flood, storm, act of God or of public enemies, national emergency, invasion, insurrection, riots, industrial disputes, boycott, interruption of services rendered by any public utility, or interference from any local, national or supra-national government agency or official.

The above limitations will not apply insofar as any liability may not be excluded under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

Students' property

Whilst the University takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and security of students on the University campus, or occupying University-managed accommodation, the University cannot accept responsibility, and expressly excludes liability, for loss or damage to students' personal property (including computer equipment and software), including any financial or other consequential loss, where such loss or damage is as a result of theft, fire, flood, computer virus or any cause related to University computer facilities, or any other cause, except where such loss or damage is caused by the University's negligence.

It is recommended that students insure personal property against the risk of loss and damage.

Acts by other students and non-members of the University

The University cannot be held responsible for any injury to a student, or financial or other loss or damage resulting from such injury, or for damage to property, caused by any other student, or by any person who is not an employee or authorised agent of the University.

Financial or other loss

The University cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other loss suffered by a student as a consequence of any of the matters in respect of which liability is excluded within these terms and conditions.

Data protection

Should you decide to apply to Sussex, we will use the information you provide to us for the purpose of administering your application during the admissions cycle. Should you be admitted to the University, this information will be carried forward to your formal student record, which holds data in electronic and paper form on your personal details, academic and administrative history and on relevant financial transactions. Please note that for students who come to us through an arrangement with a partner university, certain information will also be passed on to your home institution in order that they can maintain a record of your studies at the University of Sussex. Otherwise, your application details will be archived and used only for internal statistical purposes.

Once you register as a student here, we are also required by law to collect and provide information to certain external agencies, including the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Parts of your student record are archived after you leave. Throughout, your personal data will be held in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.

Equal opportunities

The University of Sussex is committed to ensuring that staff and students are recruited, selected, trained, assessed, promoted and otherwise treated solely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

View the University's Disability Statement and Equality of Opportunity Policy.