Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • Before international students start at Sussex, the university will email a Pre-Arrival Guide with information on a range of useful topics, including: visas and immigration, health and insurance, UK culture, and how to meet other students.
  • Friendly student representatives visit Heathrow and Gatwick airports at certain times during the main September arrival weekend, to meet arriving students and welcome them to the UK.
  • The university also helps international students settle into Sussex life during Freshers’ and Induction Week with a welcome talk, information sessions, and the opportunity to join campus tours, trips to London, and the International Students' welcome party.

English Language Requirements

  • To be accepted onto most undergraduate courses, international students need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each section). A small number of specific courses may require higher or lower scores.
  • The university also accepts other English language qualifications.
  • Please refer to the university website online prospectus for course-specific requirements.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International student are guaranteed a place in university-managed accommodation for the first year of their undergraduate course, provided the university receive their housing application before the deadline.
  • University-managed housing is also guaranteed to full-time PGT (postgraduate taught) or PGR (postgraduate research) students from outside the EU who are studying for the full year, so long as they submit a housing application and prepayment of £300 by the relevant deadline.
  • All accommodation is self-catering, allowing students to prepare their own food in shared kitchens, or take advantage of the many cafés and restaurants on campus.
  • Most accommodation is on the Sussex campus, although the university also manages several houses, flats and rooms in Brighton or Lewes – all just a short bus or train journey from campus. 

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £15,100–18,750 £15,100–18,750
Mixed £15,100–18,750 £15,100–18,750
Laboratory £15,100–18,750 £15,100–18,750
Clinical - £14,490
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?