How to apply

Find out how to apply to Sussex if you are a visiting, exchange or Erasmus student. If you want to start in January 2018 and you apply after 30 October 2017, we will consider your application subject to availability of places.

  1. Decide if you want to study at Sussex for a year or a term

    You can study at Sussex for the autumn or spring/summer term, or a full academic year (autumn, spring and summer terms). See our term dates

    If you study here for a full year, you're more likely to be allocated your chosen modules, and have more accommodation choices. 

  2. Make sure you meet the academic requirements

    You must be academically qualified to take the modules you apply for and have completed at least one year of higher education in your own country.

    If you are an exceptionally well-prepared student who has completed at least three years of higher education, you may be able to take Masters-level modules.

    We assess each application individually. If you are a student from the US, you normally need a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  3. Choose your modules

    You must list six modules per term in order of preference. 

    Search for modules

  4. Prepare your application documents

    You need to have:

    • a transcript of grades from your current university
    • a reference from a current academic adviser. You don't need a reference if you are an Erasmus student
    • evidence of suitable English language qualifications (if your native language is not English).
  5. Provide English language qualifications evidence

    You must have a good level of English and give evidence of suitable English language qualifications if your native language is not English.

    We accept the:

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in each of the four components
    • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The standard requirement is an overall score of 88, with at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking ,and 23 in Writing.

    The TOEFL institution code for the University of Sussex is DI 9166.

    You must have done these qualifications in the two years before you start studying at Sussex

    Contact the Sussex Abroad team for information on other qualifications we accept.

    If you need to improve your English before the course, there are different entry requirements based on IELTS scores

  6. Complete the application form

    Download and fill out the relevant form.

    If we have an exchange agreement with your home university, apply for a place at Sussex through your university.

  7. Submit your application

    Send your completed application form, transcript and reference to

    Receiving a decision on your application

    You can generally expect a decision on your application about three weeks after we receive it.

    If your application is successful, we will send you information on how to apply for accommodation before you arrive.

Visas and immigration

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to study in the UK. You should make sure you have the most up-to-date information when planning your trip to the UK.

Find out more about how to apply for a visa as a visiting or exchange student