Entry requirements for international applicants
At Sussex, you'll join a community of undergraduate students from more than 100 countries. We accept students with a wide range of international qualifications.
You will need good grades in your high school leaving qualifications and may sometimes require additional study (depending on the qualification structure in your home country).
You must also meet the specific entry requirements listed with each of our undergraduate courses.
If you are an international student, we accept:
If you do not meet our academic entry requirements for an undergraduate course, you can apply for one of our Foundation Years. If English is not your first language, you can apply for one of our International Foundation Years.
If you are an American student, federal regulations state that you must have a secondary school completion credential (high school diploma) or the recognised equivalent of a secondary school completion credential to be eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid.
English Language requirements
All teaching at Sussex is in English. You must prove you have a good level of written and spoken English to be accepted on to your course, and this may form part of your offer.
You can also apply to study our Pre-sessional English course, so you can improve your language skills before you start a degree at Sussex.
University preparation courses
If you are an international student who does not meet the academic requirements and needs to improve your English language skills, you can apply to study an International Foundation Year for progression to the first year of an undergraduate degree, or the International Year One for progression to the second year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you can study a degree level course at the University of Sussex.
Applying, interviews and visas
You apply to Sussex through UCAS. Find out how to apply.
For the following courses you may have to attend an interview, portfolio review or workshop as part of the selection process:
- Drama, Theatre and Performance BA
- Journalism BA
- Medicine BMBS
- Primary and Early Years Education (with Qualified Teacher Status) BA
- Product Design BSc
- Social Work BA
If you meet the initial selection criteria for these courses you would normally be required to take part in this additional selection process. However, you could still be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process for our other courses.
Interviews, portfolio reviews and workshops normally take place between December and April.
If you do not live in the UK, where possible you are interviewed by phone or online via Skype.
If you’re studying certain science or engineering courses you must apply for ATAS clearance after you receive your offer. Find out about ATAS clearance on the Student Hub.
We will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number so you can apply for a student visa, once your place is confirmed.
Find out more about confirming your place.
I've never been happier with my decision to join Sussex; safe and comfortable accommodation, shops and cafés that fulfil all my needs, and easily accessible healthcare.” Ahmed Ali Askar
International Foundation Year in Media and Communications