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 and increased restrictions on travel due to a rise in coronavirus cases. We wanted to provide you with an update on what this means for the start of your course at University of Sussex this spring term.

Current 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. Find out more information about the new lockdown restrictions . 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 5 March 2021. 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 all international students travelling from overseas is that you should consider delaying travel plans only if travel plans can be rearranged without undue costs.
  • some countries are banned from travelling to the UK. Make sure your country is not on the list before arriving. Find out more.

Entering and returning to the UK

The Government has announced increased restrictions on travel to the UK and stricter procedures for quarantine which will come into effect on Monday 15 February 2021.

If you are unable to move your flight, you must comply with the following rules:

  • You must provide a negative Covid-19 test result before you travel to the UK. Find out more.
  • You must take two PCR tests, on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine. For these tests, you must book through the Government portal before you travel.

These restrictions will be enforced and there are strict fines for people who do not comply. 

Support for students during self isolation

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.

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, and your study, please email and we can answer your questions.

Frequently asked questions