Summer at Sussex

Find out about our English language courses over the summer break.

Why study English language over the summer at Sussex?

These courses are for you if:

  • you are aged 18 years or over
  • you are not an English language beginner but want to spend part of your summer hoilday improving your English
  • you want to spend between one and seven weeks studying abroad in the UK during July and August.

About the course

Classes take place over a period of five weeks in July and August. There are 21 hours of tuition per week. 

  • Course dates

    Possible start dates/Course length:

    • 29th July 2024 / 2-5 weeks

    • 5th August 2024 / 2-4 weeks

    • 12th August 2024 / 2-3 weeks

  • Fees

    £395 per week.

    For group enquiries, please contact

  • Course structure

    The components of the core programme are:

    • listening and speaking skills
    • vocabulary development
    • grammar
    • reading skills
    • writing skills
    • British life and culture.

    Sample timetable

    See an example timetable for a week studying an English language course over the summer at Sussex.
    09am-10.30am Vocabulary Grammar Vocabulary Grammar Vocabulary
    11am-12.30pm Listening and speaking Reading skills Listening and speaking Writing skills Listening and speaking
    2pm-4pm British life and culture British life and culture   British life and culture  
  • Learning outcome 

    The course aims to provide an overall improvement in language proficiency and communication skills and to increase knowledge and understanding of British life and culture.

    The main emphasis will be on extending your vocabulary and developing your speaking and listening skills. You will also revise and consolidate your grammar and work on your reading and writing skills.

    You will be introduced to a variety of aspects of British life and culture through a wide range of media.

Entry requirements

We expect you to have achieved IELTS in the 4.0-6.5 range, or equivalent. All English tests are accepted e.g. TOEIC, TOEFL, Duolingo, university level test.

If you are slightly above or below this please contact us to evaluate if we could still accept you on the course.

We do not accept Beginners or Advanced (above IELTS 7.0) students on this course.

How to apply

There are two ways you can apply for an English language course over the summer: 

If you are a scholarship holder, or a sponsored student, you must apply for the Summer at Sussex course via our online shop. You will need to show evidence of your scholarship or sponsorship.

Already applied?

If you've already been accepted on to a English language course, you can pay the remainder of your fees, including the rest of your tuition and accommodation fees. If you pay by bank transfer you must email the receipt to

Visa information

Some nationalities can stay in the UK as a student for up to 6 months without a visa, but they must meet the Standard Visitor eligibility requirements. 

Check if you need a visa to study in the UK.


We have a limited number of single study bedrooms on campus (self-catering). Contact us at for more information.

Social programme

There will be a social programme during the course offering a variety of activities on and off campus.

During the summer you will meet and socialise with students on other language courses, as well as having access to University facilities such as the library and Sussexsport.

Onward study

If you have achieved IELTS of 6.0 and would like to study an undergraduate academic subject over the summer after your English course, visit our Summer School.

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