Coronavirus: Advice for applicants
We understand this is a complex time for anyone who is looking to progress their University of Sussex application. We are here to support you however we can and we hope the following answers to some common questions will help you.
Updated 3 April
- 1. Are you still accepting applications for September?
Yes, we’re still open for applications for September.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree then you apply via UCAS. You should do so as soon as possible, but their final deadline for applications is 30 June 2020.
Find more information about how to apply for an undergraduate degree at Sussex.
If you are applying for a masters degree, another postgraduate taught course or a research (PhD) degree, then you normally apply direct to the University via our own postgraduate application system.
In line with Government advice, all teaching is now online and most staff, including those in Admissions, are working remotely. We are still processing applications, but working remotely may result in some delays. We are doing all we can to maintain our usual applicant services, but thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
- 2. I’ve already applied to Sussex, but am waiting for a decision. Are you still processing applications?
Yes, we are still processing applications. However, in line with Government advice, all teaching is now online and most staff, including those in Admissions, are working remotely.
We are doing all we can to maintain our usual applicant services, but working remotely may result in some delays. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Admissions Office.
We are aiming to operate our phonelines from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and are also responding to emails. The contact details are as follows. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if there is a delay in responding to your application and any enquiries.
Undergraduate Admissions: Phone +44 (0)1273 678416 or email email@example.com
Masters and other Postgraduate Taught Admissions: Phone +44 (0)1273 877773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD Admissions: Phone +44 (0)1273 877773 or email email@example.com
- 3. I’m due to start my PhD in May. Can I still come?
We’re in the process of contacting individual students who are due to start their PhD in May to discuss individual circumstances.
If you’ve not already been contacted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss options.
- 4. I'm worried because my exams have been cancelled.
We understand that you have been working towards your academic qualifications so you can continue your education at university.
Following the UK, and many other countries’ recent announcements to close schools and colleges, as well as the cancellation of this academic year's exams in the UK, we wanted to reassure you that in these very uncertain times, our Undergraduate Admissions policy will reflect the challenging situations that you may experience.
Similarly, for our postgraduate applicants we recognise that many universities across the world are in a period of disruption due to the pandemic. We also want to reassure you that our Postgraduate Admissions policy will take this into consideration to ensure a fair admissions policy with your best interests in mind.
Many of our European and International applicants will be experiencing similar circumstances due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and we will of course, be applying understanding and fair admission policies to all our applicants.
In this rapidly evolving situation we will update this page with the latest decisions the University makes to ensure your hard work to date is evaluated fairly. So please do bookmark this page.
- 5. I'm worried that my exam results will be late.
We realise that Coronavirus COVID-19 is causing all sorts of challenges for students completing qualifications or taking English language tests. We are happy to accept results as late as 31 August 2020, and will work with you if it looks as though your result will be later than this. We are also preparing for a situation where applicants are unable to take their exams at all (please see point 4 above), and we will be developing admissions arrangements for those who do not have results, so there is no need for concern.
If it gets to late August and you know your results will be late, please just contact our Admissions Office and they will help advise. For undergraduates, email email@example.com; for postgraduate students, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 6. I can't get a place on an IELTs test or other English language test?
We realise that registering for an IELTS or other English language test is difficult at the moment (and impossible in some countries). We do recognise a range of English language qualifications at Sussex. Please check the pages below to see if there are alternative options for you.
- Undergraduate English language requirements
- Masters English language requirements
- PhD English language requirements
We've already agreed that we'll accept the IELTS General Training test this year as well as IELTS Academic and we know IELTS and other English testing services are doing all they can to provide test spaces. We are also looking at whether there are alternative online tests we can recognise and will update our English language page, so bookmark this for latest news.
If you think you have other evidence of English language, please contact our Admissions Office (for undergraduates, email email@example.com; for postgraduate students, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 7. I've missed examinations because of the Coronavirus COVID-19 /I've had to self-isolate so this has impacted on my studies, what do I do?
If you've faced any sort of challenge in the run up to or during your examinations and you think this will impact on your results, please let us know. We'll then make sure we add information to your application record so that this can be taken into account when we receive your results. Obviously, the current global situation is impacting on many of our applicants so we are very aware of the difficulties being faced. But if you want to provide us with details of your situation, we'll make sure this is added to your record.
We are also expecting that many of our applicants will not have been able to take their examinations at all, and will be adapting our admissions policies accordingly – please see point 4 above.
- 8. I'm worried that I'll be late arriving in September because of Coronavirus COVID-19 travel restrictions
Whilst we still hope most students will still arrive in time for Welcome Week, from Monday 21 September, or the start of teaching, on Monday 28 September 2020, we do recognise that some students may be unavoidably delayed. If this happens, you will still be able to join Sussex as late as the end of our third week of teaching (on Friday, 16 October). What will be important will be to stay in touch with the University and to arrive as soon as you can.
- 9. What happens if I pay my postgraduate tuition fee deposit and then cannot attend?
We'll refund the tuition fee deposit if you cannot attend because of Coronavirus COVID-19. Although self-funding international postgraduate taught students are required to pay a £2,000 tuition fee deposit before you can get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your Tier 4 General Student visa application, we fully understand that students may find that they cannot attend because of problems connected to Coronavirus COVID-19. If this happens, we'll refund the deposit.
- 10. Should I apply for housing for September given I don't know if I'll be able come?
Yes, if you are eligible and want to live in University-managed accommodation (for example, undergraduate students), then you should submit a housing application by the required housing deadline.
There is no cost to the housing application, but it's really important to apply by the relevant deadline. If for any reason you are unable to take up your place at Sussex in September you would just need to let us know at the earliest opportunity.
See our accommodation pages for more information about housing.
- 11. I've got an unconditional offer, but is this still ok for September?
Yes, your unconditional offer at Sussex still stands.
- 12. I’ve applied for/been awarded a University of Sussex scholarship, how will the COVID-19 situation impact on this?
We offer a range of scholarships at Sussex. Where these have application deadlines, the deadlines still stand and we anticipate being able to consider and award these scholarships to the same timeframe as set out online.
Obviously, some scholarships are linked to grades being achieved in qualifications this summer and we recognise that there is a lot of uncertainty about how and what grades will be awarded. We’re following developments closely and please rest assured we will be taking this into account.
We still anticipate that students will be awarded grades this summer which we can use for allocating scholarships where there is an academic requirement. If you have particular questions, please contact our Scholarships team (email email@example.com or telephone 01273 873809).
- The latest updates from UCAS
- Government update on exams and grades
- The latest on International Baccalaureate
- Updates from the Hong Kong examinations authority
Update from the Summer Programmes team
After careful consideration by the University, the Undergraduate Summer School Session 1 (29 June – 17 July 2020) has been cancelled. At this stage, Session 2 of the Undergraduate Summer School remains open (20 July – 7 August 2020) and we will continue to take applications for this session until further notice.
We will keep closely monitoring this rapidly moving situation and will update this page with the latest decisions the University makes with regards to the delivery of the Summer School.
For further information on how to apply to our Undergraduate Summer School, see our Summer School pages.
Finally, we want to reassure you that the wellbeing of our staff, students and applicants will always be our number one priority.
Please contact our Summer Programmes team if you have any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16-week Pre-Sessional English course at the Sussex Centre for Language Studies
After careful consideration by the University, the Sussex Centre for Language Studies (SCLS) summer term (20th April – 29th May) has been cancelled.
Bookings for the 16-week Pre-Sessional course are now suspended.
SCLS is currently looking carefully at plans to deliver an 8-week online Pre-Sessional course to take place in the summer. Entry requirements and information on how to book will be made available as soon as possible.
We hope to be able to provide all our international partners and agents with information about the process very soon, but at present we are still assessing the options. We will be in touch as soon as we have finalised arrangements to provide the online experience our students would expect and deserve.