How to apply

Find out how to apply to Sussex if you are studying abroad for a Summer, Semester or Year.

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Follow the steps below to see how to apply to study abroad for a Summer, Semester or Year.

Summer School 2021 update

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the University of Sussex has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Summer School for 2021. We will release further details of future programs on our Summer School pages

Stay safe and we hope to welcome you to our campus in the future! 

  1. Choose your program

    You can study on our Undergraduate Summer School or Physics Undergraduate Summer School.

    You will need to choose which programme and which session you would like to attend. You can come for one or both sessions.

  2. Choose your modules

    For the Undergraduate Summer School, you must select three credit-bearing modules in order of preference. Browse our undergraduate summer school modules. 

  3. Check our entry requirements

    You must be academically qualified to take the modules you apply for. You should be currently studying in higher education.

    You must have:

    • a current GPA of 2.8 or higher (out of 4) or equivalent
    • an IELTS level certificate of 6.0 or equivalent.

    Visit our Entry requirements page for details of other qualifications we accept.

    English language classes

    Take a language course at Sussex to improve your English, organised by the Sussex Centre for Language Studies. You can undertake this either before or after your Summer School studies. Courses last for between one to ten weeks across June, July and August.

  4. Check fees and funding

    You should check our fees before submitting your application to Sussex.

  5. View your accommodation

    You will live on campus in our newest student accommodation, East Slope residence. Our rooms are single occupancy with a mix of ensuite bedrooms and bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

    All rooms are self-catered, have a shared kitchen and common room.

    Find out more about our accommodation.

  6. Prepare your application documents

    You need to have:

    • evidence showing that you meet our academic entry requirements
    • evidence of suitable English language qualifications, if English is not your first language.

    Please ensure that you upload all necessary documents with your application form, as we may not be able to process your application without them.

  7. Apply to Sussex

    Further details of how to apply will be updated here. In the meantime, register your interest to be kept up to date on our plans for 2022.

    If you are travelling from a partner institution, we will contact your home university’s study abroad office, as we can’t process your application until they approve your participation. By submitting an application you are confirming that the information given in the application is correct and completed and that you understand that the University reserves the right to withdraw registration if this is not the case; that you understand that entry to the University is selective and that completion of the application form does not guarantee entry. You also confirm understanding that your personal data will be processed by the University in accordance with Data Protection legislation and the University’s Data Protection Policy, and that personal data may be processed and shared for the purposes set out in clause 12 of our terms and conditions.

  8. Receive your offer letter

    If you’ve been successful, you’ll receive an offer to confirm your place on the programme that you can accept online. You will also be asked to pay the tuition fee within 4 weeks of the offer, to secure your place. You will then receive your official offer letter.

    You will need this offer letter, that contains your candidate number, to enter the UK (see step 8). You will also need to keep it with you if you intend to travel outside of the UK while you are studying at Sussex.

    You will receive confirmation of your module allocations in May when you begin Pre-Enrolment.

  9. Apply for a visa

    You may need a visa to study in the UK, and you must have the most up-to-date information when you plan your trip. Find out how to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

  10. Registration (Pre-enrolment)

    From 25 May, you will need to begin pre-enrolment registration process to confirm your details and pay the remainder of your fees.

    You will receive further details of pre-enrolment registration closer to the summer.

    To enable the University to discharge its safeguarding obligations to all members of our community, the registration process when you join Sussex is subject to a satisfactory criminal convictions disclosure. As part of registration, we ask all new students to declare whether they have a relevant unspent conviction. You’ll find full details about this here. If you would need to answer ‘yes’ to this questions, you must contact us immediately (and certainly before making a visa application) so our Criminal Convictions Panel can evaluate your case.

  11. Enrolment

    Your enrolment is complete when you arrive on campus and have your passport scanned to check your visa details.

    You will receive further details of our enrolment closer to the summer.

    By submitting an application and paying fees, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. These cover application, payment terms, cancellations, and non-attendance.

  1. Choose your program

    You can study at Sussex for the autumn or spring term, or a full academic year. Check out our teaching and assessment dates

  2. Choose your modules

    You can mix and match modules from any subject area. Make sure you check for any pre-requisites before applying.

    Browse our study abroad modules

  3. Check our entry requirements

    You must have:

      • completed one year of study at your home institution
      • a current GPA of 2.8 or higher (out of 4) or equivalent
      • an IELTS level certificate of 6.0 with 5.5 in each section, or equivalent

    Check our Entry requirements page for details of other qualifications we accept.

  4. Check fees and funding

    Visiting (non-exchange) students are required to pay tuition fees. Check our fees before submitting your application to Sussex.

    Exchange students do not normally pay tuition fees.

  5. Your accommodation

    We will send you instructions on how to apply for accommodation after you are accepted to study with us.

  6. Prepare your application documents

    You must submit the following with your application:

      • Official Transcript from your home institution (it must be in English)
        • English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
        • Copy of your valid Passport
        • Reference from your academic advisor – this is a required for visiting (non-exchange) students only

    Please ensure that you include all the necessary documents with your application, as we may not be able to process your application without them.

  7. Complete the application form

    The deadline to apply for Autumn 2021 entry is 1 April 2021.

    Download the Visiting, Erasmus and Exchange (2021/2022) application form [PDF. 2.90MB] and complete it in full.

    Completed applications must be sent to sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk together with supporting documents.

    Exchange students can apply to the programme through their home university.

  8. Applying through an agent

    You can apply to come as a visiting (non-exchange) student through one of our agents

  9. Receive your offer letter

    If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter.

    You must accept to study with us and agree to our Terms and Conditions. The offer letter will explain how to accept your place.

    Keep your letter safe as it is your official confirmation of being accepted to study with us. You will need it when you enter the UK. You will also need to have it with you if you intend to travel outside of the UK while you are studying at Sussex.

  10. Registration

    In early September you will receive an email containing your candidate number and instructions on how to complete Online Registration. This will include checking personal details, informing us of your next of kin, paying your fees, providing your visa, confirming your term-time address and providing a photo for your student ID card.

    Registration is important because it means you are officially a Sussex student.

  11. Module enrolment

    You will be automatically enrolled on your chosen modules. You do not have to do anything at this point.

    We want you to get you on your chosen modules but may have to ask for alternatives if there are timetable clashes or if the classes are full.

    In September, you will receive an e-mail from your School of Study Coordinator confirming your modules. Sometimes, modules are confirmed right before the academic term starting so do not worry if you cannot see them in your timetable.

Visas and immigration

You may need a visa to study in the UK, and you must have the most up-to-date information when you plan your trip to the UK.

Find out how to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

Contact us

If you are studying at Sussex for a summer and have questions, email summer@sussex.ac.uk.

If you are studying at Sussex for a semester or year and have questions, email sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk.


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