How to apply

Find out how to apply to Sussex Undergraduate Summer School this summer.

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Undergraduate Summer School 2021 update

Applications for our 2021 programme will be open in January. Further details of how to apply will be updated here. In the meantime, register here to be kept up to date when applications open for 2021.

Stay safe and we hope to see you next summer


  1. 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

  2. Check our entry requirements

    For the Undergraduate Summer School 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 3.0 or higher (out of 4) or equivalent
    • an IELTS level certificate of 6.5 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.

  3. Check fees and funding

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

  4. 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.

  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. Apply to Sussex

    Applications for the Undergraduate Summer School are now closed for 2020. 

  7. Receive your offer letter

    Around two weeks after submitting your application, you’ll receive a decision from us. 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.

    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 to secure your place. You will then receive your official offer letter.

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

  8. Apply for a visa

    You will need your offer letter, that contains your candidate number, as well as evidence that you can support yourself financially to enter the UK. You will also need this offer letter with you if you intend to travel outside of the UK while you are studying at Sussex.

    Visa nationals

    If you are a visa national (US passport holders should look at non-visa nationals below), you will need to apply for a short term study visa at your nearest British Embassy or High Commission before you travel to the UK. There is a fee for this.

    You may be asked to provide details of an accommodation officer. You can use:

    Charlene Lade, Summer Programmes Team
    Hastings Building
    University of Sussex
    Falmer, BN1 9RJ, UK

    Non-visa nationals

    If you’re a non-visa national you don’t need to apply for a visa, you can apply to enter the UK as a short-term student on arrival at the port of entry, free of charge. You are not allowed to have more than six months of short-term visitor leave in any 12-month period.

    Find out more about applying for a visa.

  9. Registration (Pre-enrolment)

    From 26 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.
  10. Enrolment

    Your enrolment is complete when you arrive on campus and visit one of the team to scan your passport and 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.

  11. 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.

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