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.

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.

2020/21 term and semester dates

  Arrival Weekend Sat 19 Sep 2020 - Sun 20 Sep 2020
  Autumn term begins Mon 21 Sep 2020
  Welcome Week Mon 21 Sep 2020 - Fri 25 Sep 2020
Semester One
Semester One begins Mon 28 Sep 2020
Teaching begins Mon 28 Sep 2020
Teaching ends Fri 11 Dec 2020
Autumn term ends Fri 11 Dec 2020
Winter vacation Sat 12 Dec 2020 - Sun 3 Jan 2021
Spring term begins Mon 4 Jan 2021
Semester one assessment period begins Mon 4 Jan 2021
Semester one assessment period ends Sat 16 Jan 2021
Semester One ends Sat 16 Jan 2021
  Intersemester week Mon 18 Jan 2021 - Fri 22 Jan 2021
  Winter graduation Wed 20 Jan 2021 - Fri 22 Jan 2021
Semester Two
Semester Two begins Mon 25 Jan 2021
Teaching begins Mon 25 Jan 2021
Spring term ends Fri 26 March 2021
Spring vacation Sat 27 March 2021 - Sun 18 April 2021
Summer term begins Mon 19 April 2021
Teaching resumes Mon 19 April 2021
Teaching ends  Fri 30 April 2021
Revision week Mon 3 May 2021 - Fri 7 May 2021
Semester two assessment period begins Mon 10 May 2021
Semester two assessment period ends* Sat 5 June 2021
Summer term ends Sat 5 June 2021
Semester Two ends Sat 5 June 2021
  Summer vacation Sun 6 Jun 2021 - Sun 19 Sept 2021
  Summer graduation Mon 19 July 2021 - Fri 23 July 2021
  Summer vacation assessment period (TBC) Mon 16 Aug 2021 - Sat 21 Aug 2021

* 31 May to 5 June 2021 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.

 2019-20
24 December 2019 Minimum service day
25 December 2019 Christmas Day bank holiday
26 December 2019 Boxing Day bank holiday
27 December 2019 Minimum service day
30 December 2019 Minimum service day
31 December 2019 Minimum service day
1 January 2020 New Year’s Day bank holiday
9 April 2020 Minimum service day
10 April 2020 Good Friday public holiday
13 April 2020 Easter Monday public holiday
14 April 2020 Minimum service day
8 May 2020 Early May bank holiday
25 May 2020 Spring bank holiday
31 August 2020 Summer bank holiday