Important information for Visiting & Exchange students starting in January 2021
We are delighted that you accepted your study abroad offer to start in January 21. The UK has now entered a new national lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases so please read the important information below.
You may be aware that the UK is experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases and that the UK Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown. We wanted to provide you with an update on what this means for the start of your course at University of Sussex this January.
The new lockdown restrictions
To control the spread of Covid-19 and reduce pressure on the national health services, everyone in the UK must follow the national lockdown restrictions. You can find out more information about the new lockdown restrictions here. These restrictions are very clear, everyone must stay at home wherever possible, unless to shop for food or other essential items, for medical needs, or to exercise.
Change your travel plans if you can
At this moment, teaching for your course will need to be delivered online. This will now need to be at least until the middle of February. We will give you as much advance notice as possible about any extension to this. Until then you should start your course remotely and should not arrive on campus. Please note the following:
- All students should not travel to campus and instead begin their studies online at home.
- The advice for EU and international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying travel plans only if travel plans can be rearranged without undue costs.
- If you are unable to move your flight, you will be asked to complete a passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK. You will then need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days.
- It has been announced that you will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before you travel to the UK. Find out more here.
- The University of Sussex will support all students arriving at Sussex who need to self-isolate with the University’s self-isolation support package. On arrival to the UK, you will need to go to your accommodation to immediately self-isolate. View our webpages which provide information on how we support our students in isolation.
- If you are planning to live in university-managed accommodation, you will not be charged for your accommodation until you arrive.
- Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more guidance.
Start online in January
Our teaching staff are strongly committed to ensuring that you receive the highest quality online experience possible. In order to start your course online please do the following:
- Please check your email for our registration information and complete all the tasks for Online Registration
- Once you have registered, look up your Get Settled timetable for January Welcome Week: log into Sussex Direct, select your study timetable and view the activities for January Welcome Week, beginning Monday 18 January. There'll be talks and activities happening each day, to help you get settled at Sussex.
- Look out for exchange student specific talks in your timetable. We will also email you information about exchange student specific talks in the coming days.
Get in contact
We are working closely with the Government on the new guidance and we will continue to be in touch. If you would like to talk to us to discuss arrival, online learning, Welcome Week and your study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can answer your questions.
- When do I need to arrive?
The UK Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown, meaning that teaching for your course will need to be delivered online at least until the middle of February. Only students undertaking training and study at Sussex for degrees in Medicine, Teaching and Social Work will return to face-to-face learning as planned.
The advice for EU and international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying travel plans only if travel plans can be rearranged without undue costs. If you are able to move your flight, please ensure that you register an impediment to travel during online registration. If you are unable to move your flight, you will be asked to complete a passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK.
We will aim to give you as much advance notice as possible about any extension to the lockdown.
Please read our Travel to Sussex advice before you take your flight.
- When should I make the visa application?
- Can I complete the Spring term entirely online? (Semester/Year students)
Should face-to-face teaching resume, you might be asked to come to Sussex to complete your term at a short notice. This will be reviewed in mid-February. The Sussex Abroad Office will let you know as soon as specific plans are made. For now, you are required to register and start the term remotely.
- I have booked the flight to arrive before the middle of February, will I be turned away at the border?
If you cannot change your travel plans, please don’t worry - you will not be turned away at the border. However, you should always check for the latest UK government travel advice before you travel.
Please email the Housing Office on email@example.com to let them know your time of arrival in advance and your accommodation at the university will be ready (you will need to check with your estate agent/landlord if you are staying in private accommodation). Additionally, you will be asked to complete a passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK. You will then need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days.
Please read our Travel to Sussex advice before you take your flight.
- Do I need to take a Covid-19 test before my departure?
Yes. From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021, you must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. If you fail to provide it, you may not be able to board and could be fined £500 on arrival to England. We cannot offer advice on testing so you must read the UK Government guidance before you depart.
- How do I register as a student with Sussex?
Look out for our registration email and complete all the tasks for Online Registration. If you have any queries about registration please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How will I start my course online?
Students studying remotely will be able to access Canvas, our virtual learning environment, where you will find details of the learning and teaching of your course.
Monitor your Canvas site for details about your learning activities. You will find essential readings or preparatory tasks as well as details of scheduled contact – whether it's face-to-face or online. Where online synchronous contact is planned your Sussex Direct timetable will show the location as 'Online' and advise you to check Canvas for details.
See our guidance about assistive technology for students, such as support for learners with literacy difficulties.
- I cannot see my timetable and I don’t know my modules (Semester/Year students)
Don’t worry - this is normal. Sometimes it can take a while for students to be enrolled on their chosen modules. If you are worried about it, contact your School of Study. The contact details are on your offer letter. If the issue persists, contact email@example.com
- Do I have to pay for my university-managed accommodation if I arrive late due to Coronavirus restrictions?
No, you will pay from the day you arrive.
- What self-isolation supports are available if I arrive before the middle of February? What facilities will remain open on campus before the middle of February?
Yes, the University of Sussex will support all students arriving at Sussex who need to self-isolate with the University’s self-isolation support package. View our self-isolation webpages which provide information on how we support our students in isolation.
The following facilities will remain open:
- Student Life Centre / Student Support Unit (virtual)
- Student Union advice service (virtual)
- Security Team
- Falmer Bar open for takeaway
- Co-op Supermarket
- What will Welcome Week be like under the new UK Government Coronavirus restrictions?
Once students have registered, they would need to look up their Get Settled timetable for January Welcome Week. Please log into Sussex Direct, select your study timetable and view the activities for January Welcome Week, beginning Monday 18 January. There will be talks and activities happening each day, to help you get settled at Sussex.
Students will have a set timetable to follow, but all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to Canvas, where they can access anything they can't see live, or want to re-watch. There'll also be content such as videos, some student-led, where they can access important/useful information.
Through the Get Ready programme, all content will be on a Canvas module, on demand: videos and recordings of webinars students can watch in their own time. (The module will be live next week).
- How do I withdraw/defer my place? (Semester/Year students)
You can withdraw/defer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You must speak to your home university about your decision so they are aware of your plans.