Advice for international applicants

We understand this is both an exciting and complex time for anyone arriving at university. Find answers to common question.

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Quarantine support

We’ve put together a Covid-19 Quarantine Support Package for those students travelling from red list countries or amber list countries to help you through the quarantine you must undertake on arrival in the UK.

This package will support you financially and help ensure that you can join us as soon as possible for in-person teaching.

Find all the information you need on our Quarantine Support Package page. You can also see information from the government (PDF 310KB) for international students arriving from red list countries and a letter from Universities minister Michelle Donelan MP (PDF 110KB).

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Frequently Asked Questions – 19 August 2021

Applying to Sussex

  • When is the deadline for applying to Sussex?

    Deadlines for applications can be found on our undergraduateMasters and PhD how to apply pages.

  • My school or university cannot provide me with an official certificate or transcript to meet the academic conditions of my offer due to COVID-19. What should I do?

    We will be as flexible as possible and documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you submit the most recent transcript and/or confirmation of the award you have been provided by your current institution for the admissions team to review. They will contact you if any further information or documentation is required.

    For Masters or PhDs, you can upload your results to your online applicant account.

    For UCAS applicants, you will have been sent a link to upload your results or can email them to results@sussex.ac.uk.

  • I am not able to take an English language test due to COVID-19 restrictions in my country. What should I do? 

    We accept a wide range of evidence to meet our English language requirements, including online tests such as Duolingo or IELTS Indicator test. You can see full details of all our English requirements online:

    You will need to provide evidence that you meet our English language requirements, but our range of acceptable tests should provide a number of options.

  • Can I defer my place to September 2022?

    Yes, it’s normally possible to defer your place once. However, if your reason for deferring is linked to the current global pandemic, we’d encourage you to hold onto your offer for now.

    If, closer to the start of term, you are unable to attend, we’ll help with any request to defer your place.

    We automatically allow one deferral at Sussex (except for the MA in Development Studies in the Institute for Development Studies). You can defer right up until the start of term.

    Deferring is only not possible in the unlikely situation that your chosen course will not be available in September 2022 or if this will be your second deferral. If you are wishing to defer for a second time, we would normally ask you to withdraw and reapply when you are ready to come to Sussex.

    If you do wish to defer, please email your request to the Admissions Office, including your full name and application number:

  • I’m worried that I will not get the grades required by my offer. What will happen?

    We realise how difficult the last year has been for everyone across the world and we are doing all we can to adjust our approach in response to this.

    As we did last summer, we will aim to show flexibility for students who narrowly miss the conditions of their offer and we will be mindful of the challenges everyone has faced because of the pandemic.

    If you have particular circumstances (including those unconnected to the Covid pandemic) that you want us to consider when your results are released, please do contact us:

    We always carefully review the applications again of anyone who misses the conditions of their offer, so please send in your results as soon as you receive them (even if your grades are below those required in your offer).

    For undergraduate applicants, we will also automatically consider students for our range of integrated Foundation Years if their grades are too low for direct entry to the first year.

  • My summer exams have been cancelled, what does this mean for my offer?

    We are obviously aware that the way some qualifications are being assessed this summer has changed (with formal exams being cancelled and new forms of assessment being used).

    For most qualifications, we are still expecting students to receive a final award (even if the way it is assessed, and how the final grade allocated, is different to normal). If you are still expecting to receive the qualification required in the conditions of your offer and will be allocated with a final grade or mark then we will consider these results.

    However, if you know that your qualification will no longer be awarded (or if completion of the qualification has been delayed so your results will not be released until after 7 September 2021), please contact our Admissions Office so that we can advise further:

    We will need to look at each individual case where students can no longer meet the conditions of their offer (or where results will be after 7 September). It is difficult to give general advice, so please contact us to discuss your situation.

    We want to reassure you that our Admissions policies (both Undergraduate and Postgraduate) will reflect the challenging situations that you may be experiencing.

  • Should I apply for my CAS and my visa If I am not sure whether I will defer my offer?

    Yes, once you have secured and accepted your unconditional offer of a place you should ensure that you have provided all the necessary information to the Admissions Office so that the admissions team can prepare and issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your Student visa application.

    For Postgraduate Masters students, this includes paying your tuition fee deposit.

    If you later decide to defer, we will withdraw your current CAS (and re-issue as appropriate next year instead).

Immigration and visas

Welcome, arrival and quarantine support

Delayed arrivals

  • What happens if I’m delayed in arriving?

    We are planning for students to join us in September 2021 and to return to mainly campus-based teaching and learning, recognising that some students may need to temporarily study remotely because of ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Most new students will arrive for Welcome Week, commencing on Monday 20 September 2021. Term starts on Monday 27 September 2021.

    However, we will do all we can to support students if they are delayed in reaching the campus.

    You should aim to arrive as soon as possible, but if you are delayed, we will still be able to accept you as long as you can arrive by Friday 15 October 2021.

    If you are an international student joining Sussex on a Student Visa, then this ‘latest arrival date’ of 15 October will automatically have been included in your CAS.

    It will be important for you to begin the registration process when this opens. You must also start engaging with teaching and learning once this begins (from Monday 27 September). You will receive an email inviting you to complete the registration process.

    We expect all students to be on campus at the start of term (Monday 27 September 2021), or by 15 October 2021 at the latest, but we recognise there may need to be some limited exceptions.

    If it is not possible for you to join us on campus for the start of term (Monday 27 September 2021), or by 15 October 2021 at the latest, you will be able to tell us as part of the formal registration process if you are in one of the following categories:

    • you are resident in a country which currently prohibits travel to the UK
    • you currently have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19 and you are required to self-isolate
    • you have an immune suppressed condition
    • your visa application has been delayed because of local administrative problems (e.g. because of visa processing delays or visa applications being closed)
    • you are subject to other legal restrictions that prevent travel.

    You do not need to contact the University separately to tell us if you are in one of these categories.

  • Will I be able to study remotely during the next academic year?

    If you are not able to travel to the UK to take up your place at Sussex in person due to one or more of the reasons set out below, please be assured that we will provide you with an appropriate form of remote study until you are able to arrive on campus during Term 1 (Monday 27 September - Friday 10 December 2021).

    • you are resident in a country which currently prohibits travel to the UK
    • you currently have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19 and you are required to self-isolate
    • you have an immune suppressed condition
    • your visa application has been delayed because of local administrative problems (e.g. because of visa processing delays or visa applications being closed)
    • you are subject to other legal restrictions that prevent travel.

    We know that students may sometimes be unable to attend in-person so we’re putting alternatives in place. Our students have told us that they’ve enjoyed elements of online learning over the past year, so if you’re in this position, you will still be able to meet your learning outcomes while you prepare to join us on campus once it’s safe for you to do so.

Teaching and learning

  • What will teaching be like in September 2021?

    With the successful roll out of the UK vaccination programmes, the University is optimistic that from September 2021 the main form of teaching will be in-person, on campus.

    We are planning for the vast majority of teaching, learning and research to be in-person and on campus.

    We know that students may sometimes be unable to attend in-person (e.g. due to travel restrictions), and we’re putting alternatives in place so that if you’re in this position, you are still able to meet your learning outcomes, while you prepare to join us on campus once it’s safe for you to do so.

    Our students have also told us that they’ve enjoyed elements of online learning over the past year, so where online learning is beneficial we will look to provide this too.

    Of course the health and safety of our students and staff Is our priority, so although we will aim for mainly in-person teaching, changes may be needed in response to the global pandemic, informed by government advice.

    Find out more information on teaching and how we intend to respond to different scenarios.

  • What will research supervision look like in September 2021?

    In September 2021, the University is hoping that most supervision and research activities will be delivered in-person on campus. If for any reason the University decides to offer blended learning, with some activities online, then it will do so.

    With our PhDs, you will receive at least one supervision meeting each month, in addition to research activities where you and your fellow PhD students can engage with Faculty and learn together.

    If your plan of doctoral research includes the collection of data overseas whilst on fieldwork, this will be under continual review and will be supported when it is safe to do so. We will, of course, always prioritise health and safety and it may be necessary to make other changes during the academic year.

    Please read this important information about what teaching will be like in September 2021.

  • Will I be able to study online if I can’t come to the University for the start of my course due to COVID-19 travel restrictions? 

    We are planning for students to join us in September 2021 and to return to mainly campus-based teaching and learning. However, we recognise that some students may need to study remotely because of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Find out full details here.

  • Can I start my study online in the first term and come to the UK in the spring term if it is difficult to buy flight tickets?

    As we plan to mainly campus-based teaching and learning, we recognise that your experience will be at its best if you join us on campus. However, we will support you online at the start of the academic year until you can join us in person at the University.

    Find out full details here.

  • Can I choose to study entirely online for 2021/22 academic year?

    No, UKVI visa regulations currently do not allow you to study online for the whole of the academic year, but there is flexibility to support you online for a reasonable length of time until you are able to get to the University in person.

Safety and wellbeing

Accommodation


What would you like to do next?

Contact us

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