Term dates

We are open throughout the year, with events and activities taking place over the summer and during vacations.

The academic year dates below are for all students, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research, although the exact dates and assessment periods that apply to you will depend on your course. Masters and PhD students are engaged in study throughout the full academic year. 

You can check the term, semester and assessment period dates that apply to you by contacting your school or by logging on to Canvas. If you're an international student and considering working during your studies, see our information for Tier 4 students.

You will need to attend during assessment periods if you have examinations and/or submissions of assessment due to the School Office. Assessment information is published on your study pages on Sussex Direct. Please note that examinations in the assessment periods may be scheduled during evenings, on Saturdays and bank holidays.

2018/19 academic year dates

Arrival Weekend New Undergraduates attend Sat 15 Sep 2018
Freshers' induction Mon 17 Sep 2018
Autumn Term
Teaching starts Mon 24 Sep 2018
Teaching finishes Fri 14 Dec 2018
Christmas vacation Sat 15 Dec 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019
Private study period Private study Mon 7 Jan - Wed 9 Jan 2019
Mid-year assessment period starts Attendance only if required
Thu 10 Jan 2019
Mid-year assessment period ends Attendance only if required
Fri 25 Jan 2019
Winter Graduation Wed 23 - Fri 25 Jan 2019
Inter-session week Sat 26 Jan - Sun 3 Feb 2019
Spring Term
Teaching starts Mon 4 Feb 2019
Teaching finishes Fri 10 May 2019
Easter teaching break and Spring Vacation Sat 13 Apr – Sun 28 Apr 2019
Private study period Private study Mon 13 - Wed 15 May 2019
Summer Term
Year-end assessment period starts
Thur 16 May 2019
Year-end assessment period ends
Fri 14 Jun 2019
Summer vacation Sat 15 Jun 2019
Summer Graduation Mon 22 - Fri 26 Jul 2019
Summer vacation assessment period Attendance only if required
Mon 19 Aug - Fri 6 Sep 2019

2019/20 academic year dates

  Arrival Weekend Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019
  Autumn term begins Mon 23 Sep 2019
  Welcome Week Mon 23 Sep 2019 - Fri 27 Sep 2019
Semester One
Semester One begins Mon 30 Sep 2019
Teaching begins Mon 30 Sep 2019
Teaching ends Fri 13 Dec 2019
Autumn term ends Fri 13 Dec 2019
Winter vacation Sat 14 Dec 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020
Spring term begins Mon 6 Jan 2020
Semester one assessment period begins Mon 6 Jan 2020
Semester one assessment period ends Sat 18 Jan 2020
Semester One ends Sat 18 Jan 2020
  Intersemester week Mon 20 Jan 2020 - Fri 24 Jan 2020
  Winter graduation Wed 22 Jan 2020 - Fri 24 Jan 2020
Semester Two
Semester Two begins Mon 27 Jan 2020
Teaching begins Mon 27 Jan 2020
Spring term ends Fri 27 March 2020
Spring vacation Sat 28 March 2020 - Sun 19 April 2020
Summer term begins Mon 20 April 2020
Teaching resumes Mon 20 April 2020
Teaching ends  Fri 1 May 2020
Revision week Mon 4 May 2020 - Fri 8 May 2020
Semester two assessment period begins Mon 11 May 2020
Semester two assessment period ends* Sat 6 June 2020
Summer term ends Sat 6 June 2020
Semester Two ends Sat 6 June 2020
  Summer vacation Sun 7 Jun 2020 - Sun 20 Sept 2020
  Summer graduation Mon 20 July 2020 - Fri 24 July 2020
  Summer vacation assessment period (TBC) Mon 17 Aug 2020 - Sat 22 Aug 2020

* 1-6 June 2020 may be used for resit assessments.

Graduation dates

 2018-192019-20

Winter graduation

23-25 January 2019

22-24 January 2020

Summer graduation

22-26 July 2019

20-24 July 2020

Minimum service days 

There are a number of minimum service days. These usually coincide with national holidays and UK bank holidays, when most campus facilities are closed.

Our 24-hour IT facilities, residences and 24-hour security continue to operate throughout the year.

 2017-18
22 December 2017 Minimum service day
25 December 2017 Christmas Day bank holiday
26 December 2017 Boxing Day bank holiday
27 December 2017 Minimum service day
28 December 2017 Minimum service day
29 December 2017 Minimum service day
1 January 2018 New Year’s Day bank holiday
29 March 2018 Minimum service day
30 March 2018 Good Friday public holiday
2 April 2018 Easter Monday public holiday
3 April 2018 Minimum service day
7 May 2018 Early May bank holiday
28 May 2018 Spring bank holiday
27 August 2018 Summer bank holiday
 2018-19
24 December 2018 Minimum service day
25 December 2018 Christmas Day bank holiday
26 December 2018 Boxing Day bank holiday
27 December 2018 Minimum service day
28 December 2018 Minimum service day
31 December 2018 Minimum service day
1 January 2019 New Year’s Day bank holiday
18 April 2019 Minimum service day
19 April 2019 Good Friday public holiday
22 April 2019 Easter Monday public holiday
23 April 2019 Minimum service day
6 May 2019 Early May bank holiday
27 May 2019 Spring bank holiday
26 August 2019 Summer bank holiday