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 study throughout the academic year.

You can check your term, semester and assessment dates by contacting your school or checking Canvas. If you’re an international student and considering working during your studies, see our information for Tier 4 students.

You will need to come to the University during assessment periods if you have exams and if you have assessments to hand in at your School Office.

Assessment information is published on your study pages on Sussex Direct. Examinations are held in the assessment periods and may be scheduled during evenings, on Saturdays or over bank holidays. Assessment submission deadlines may be scheduled in the Winter or Spring vacation and in the revision week.

2019/20 academic year dates

  Arrival Weekend Sat 21 Sep to Sun 22 Sep 2019
  Autumn term begins Mon 23 Sep 2019
  Welcome Week Mon 23 Sep to 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 to 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 to Fri 24 Jan 2020
  Winter graduation Wed 22 Jan to 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 to 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 to Fri 8 May 2020
Semester two assessment period begins Mon 11 May 2020
Semester two assessment period ends Sat 30 May 2020
Resit assessment period (semester one modules) Mon 1 June to Sat 6 June 2020
Summer term ends Sat 6 June 2020
Semester Two ends Sat 6 June 2020
  Summer vacation Sun 7 Jun to Sun 20 Sept 2020
  Summer graduation Mon 20 July to Fri 24 July 2020
  Resit assessment period (semester two and year-long modules) Mon 17 Aug to Sat 22 Aug 2020

2020/21 term and semester dates

  Arrival Weekend Sat 19 Sep to Sun 20 Sep 2020
  Autumn term begins Mon 21 Sep 2020
  Welcome Week Mon 21 Sep to 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 to 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 to Fri 22 Jan 2021
  Winter graduation Wed 20 Jan to 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 to 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 to Fri 7 May 2021
Semester two assessment period begins Mon 10 May 2021
Semester two assessment period ends Sat 29 May 2021
Resit assessment period (semester one modules) Mon 31 May to Sat 5 June 2021
Summer term ends Sat 5 June 2021
Semester Two ends Sat 5 June 2021
  Summer vacation Sun 6 Jun to Sun 19 Sept 2021
  Summer graduation Mon 19 July to Fri 23 July 2021
  Resit assessment period (semester two and year-long modules) Mon 16 Aug to Sat 21 Aug 2021

Graduation dates

 2018-192019-20

Winter graduation

23 to 25 January 2019

22 to 24 January 2020

Summer graduation

22 to 26 July 2019

20 to 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
23 December 2019 Minimum service day
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