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The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university. It is the only English university to be located in a national park (South Downs National Park), a short distance away from central Brighton, a vibrant seaside city on the south coast. With more than 18,500 students representing over 150 countries, the campus is filled with a multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere, creating a natural environment for individual development and community engagement.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

6,360 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The University of Sussex well-used to supporting international students through their Sussex journey. Prior to students' arrival, the university emails newcomers a pre-arrival guide containing useful guidance on visas and immigration, health and insurance, UK culture and more. In summer, pre-departure sessions are delivered in person and online to give students and their parents insight into their new life in the UK. Together with the university's social media groups, they provide a great opportunity to ask questions and make friends before arriving on campus.
  • During the September welcome, friendly student representatives meet and greet arriving students at Heathrow and Gatwick international airports and in the mainline Brighton train and coach stations, to ensure a smooth journey to the university campus.
  • The university also helps international students settle into Sussex life through many activities during Freshers' and Welcome Week such as the welcome talk, information sessions, campus tours, trips to London, and the international students' welcome party.
  • The Buddy Scheme set up by Sussex Students' Union, is a peer-to-peer support scheme to help new students settle into life at university and Brighton. The scheme matches incoming students with current students who provide informal support by regularly meeting up and sharing their experiences. It offers the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life and be a part of something that celebrates diversity in an informal, fun and sociable way.

English Language Requirements

  • To be accepted onto most degree 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, such as TOEFL (IBT), Pearson (PTE academic) and some country-specific English qualifications.
  • Please refer to the university website for course-specific requirements.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International students are guaranteed a place in university-managed accommodation for the first year of their undergraduate course, provided that they choose Sussex as their firm choice on UCAS system and submit the housing application before the deadline.
  • University-managed housing is also guaranteed to full-time PGT (postgraduate taught) and 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.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers scholarships to recognise and reward students who are at the top of their game in a range of qualifications before coming to Sussex. Please refer to the university website to find out more.
  • Sussex remains one of the most popular studying destinations in the UK for Chevening scholarship winners, and has exceeded the record in consecutive three years. The university continues to welcome candidates for Commonwealth Scholarship and many other external funding institutions.

Ongoing Support

  • The University of Sussex offers a lot of ongoing support for students. There are specialists providing advice on immigration and visas, careers and employability development, placements and internships, study skills, language improvement, housing, health, finance and the student community. There is also day-to-day contact and support via students' course convener, personal tutor and many others.
  • Many events are organised on campus throughout the year for academic, careers and social purposes. Sussex Students' Union can provide advocacy and support on a range of academic issues, and also run the Buddy Scheme to help new students settle in.
  • Sussex library opens 24 hours a day during term-time and provides a range of study facilities: please refer to the undergraduate section of this profile.
  • Alongside the specialist International support team, the Student Life Centre offers advice for students' welfare, studies and life balance, money queries and helps students with special needs. The Meeting House on campus is the base for the on-campus interfaith chaplaincy, and there is also a Muslim Student Centre and prayer facility.
  • After graduation, the university's networking and mentoring platform helps graduates to connect with alumni working in a variety of roles and sectors worldwide. Alumni offer advice and support to help graduates launch their careers.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance