International Summer School

Frequently Asked Questions

What class am I signed up for?

You will receive confirmation of your course allocation by email by the middle of May; after 1 June, you can check online and also access your timetable. If you wish to change your course choice before you arrive, or have any questions about it, please email us at issoffice@sussex.ac.uk. We will honour course change requests if there is space in the class you wish to switch into; otherwise we will put you on a waiting list.

When does my class meet?

The only way to find out when your class meets (and any associated labs, field trips, movies, or other class events) is by using Sussex Direct after 1 June. First you will need to have received your offer letter and candidate number. Between 1 and 15 June, you should register online using this candidate number - this process will issue you with a Sussex username and password, which you can then use to login to Sussex Direct and see your timetable for both sessions. There will be instructions on how to do this sent in your offer package, which you will recieve soon after accepting our offer of a place. We cannot give out information on class timetables before then as the schedule is subject to change.

How often will my class meet?

This will vary depending on the class. In general, science classes will have more contact hours than classes in the humanities and social sciences. Some classes will meet twice per week, between two to three hours per class, while other classes meet three or four times per week. Some science classes have associated labs, and many other classes have field trips and required movie nights.

When will I get my ID card?

During the registration process, you will need to upload a photo of yourself online. Once this has been done we will be able to produce your student ID card.  You will receive your card in your welcome pack which you will collect upon your arrival at Sussex. If your ID card is not in your welcome pack, please come to the ISS office; this will most likely be because you have not completed registration.

How much money do I need to bring with me?

It is difficult to predict how much you will spend while you are here, as this depends on lifestyle choices. However, you should budget for about £100 per week to cover costs of food, local travel, books and supplies, laundry, social activities etc. Please note that only credit and debit cards from large companies such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted in the UK and Europe.

Do I need to bring cooking pots, utensils, etc?

You do not need to bring any cooking utensils with you, as the kitchens are equipped with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans.

What bedding is supplied?

A linen bale is supplied, which includes a mattress protector, pillow, sheet, pillowcase, duvet and duvet cover, as well as a towel.

Can I have friends or relatives stay with me?

You are allowed to have guests overnight in your room on an intermittent basis. This should be for no more than three nights in any one week. However, please ensure that you inform the Building Manager or Porter for your area when you plan to have someone to stay so that numbers can be accounted for in the unlikely event of a fire. You are responsible at all times for the conduct of your guests.

Can I get mail sent to me?

You will be able to get mail sent to your campus address, which you will receive when you arrive. We won't be able to give you your campus address, or mailing address, before then.

Will I have a phone in my room?

There will be a phone in your room. You can receive calls for free; all calls you make on-campus are also free. You will be charged for any calls you make off-campus. You'll receive more info about this when you arrive.

Can I access email in the residences?

All campus housing is part of the network, so you will be able to access the Internet using a cable (you can buy one from the bookshop on campus). Additionally, there are many 'hotspots' with wireless access in all teaching buildings and most of the residences where you could use your laptop. You will receive instructions on how to register your computer on the network in your welcome pack, and during orientation on Monday morning.

Should I bring my laptop?

You can bring your laptop with you to Sussex. If you don't wish to bring your laptop with you, there are computer clusters throughout campus, several of them open 24 hours.

Where can I buy an adaptor or other electrical goods?

Before you leave home please check whether your devices (laptops, hair dryers, curling irons, etc, anything that runs off electricity) will only work on the voltage from your country.  If it can auto switch, then all you need is a physical adapter to convert the plug socket on your appliance to a UK one. If the device works only on the voltage for your country, it will need a transformer as well as an adapter.  Ideally transformers should not be used for anything that draws a lot of electricity.  You can buy transformers/ converters/adaptors, or other electrical goods (such as clock radios or equipment you may need for your laptop) at Robert Dyas, Dixons, and Argos, all located on Western Road in central Brighton.

What do I do if I’ve lost my luggage during my travels to Sussex?

If leaving contact details at the airport, train or coach station for lost luggage to be delivered please use the 24-hour reception desk telephone number and address:

York House Reception
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9QR
UK

T +44 (0)1273 678234

What should I do if I arrive in Brighton before 21 June or 20 July?

If you arrive in Brighton before 21 June or 20 July, you will need to organise you own place to stay in Central Brighton as the university will be unable to accommodate you. You may find the list of University-approved accommodation helpful.

What do I do if I’ve lost my luggage during my travels to Sussex?

If leaving contact details at the airport, train or coach station for lost luggage to be delivered please use the 24-hour reception desk telephone number and address:

York House Reception
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9QR
UK

T +44 (0)1273 678234

What should I do if I miss a formal assessment?

In exceptional cases, you will be able to submit a claim for any extenuating circumstances to be taken into account. Claims must be submitted within 7 days of the course ending. Please speak to staff in the ISS office for further advice.