If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.

If you’re studying abroad

Read our Coronavirus guidance if you are planning to study abroad in 2020/21 or you were abroad in 2019/20 at a Sussex partner institution or on a placement.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.

Studying abroad in the 2020/21 academic year

In light of the ongoing disruption and uncertainty caused by Covid-19, the University made the difficult decision to cancel all outbound physical mobility through its study abroad programmes in autumn 2020.

Thank you to all students who are due to study abroad in 2020/21 for confirming your preferred alternative academic option for this year. The Global Mobility team communicated your choice to your department at Sussex as well as your 2020/21 allocated host university.

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Year Abroad students 2020/21

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check the FCO’s travel guidance.

My circumstances have changed, can I change my choice of alternative option afterwards?

We will do our best to accommodate this but this may not always be possible as your choice impacts on deadlines at your host university or Sussex. Please contact the Global Mobility team and they will be able to let you know your options at this stage.

How much will my tuition fees be?

If you are on the 'Continue' option, you will pay 15% of your standard tuition fees to Sussex.

If you complete a semester abroad as a variation of study, however, there is no reduction in your Sussex tuition fees. You would pay your standard tuition fees to Sussex. Whether you study abroad for a year or a term, you would not pay tuition fees to the other university. However, there may be other fees (not related to tuition) to be paid to your host university. These fees are displayed on your host university webpages.


I chose the 'Continue' option. Will I still get the suffix ‘...with a study abroad year’ on my degree?

Yes, if you are taking an additional voluntary/integrated year abroad.

You will get the suffix if you are able to go abroad or you follow online modules with your host university in the spring semester 2021, and obtain the required academic standard to pass the year.

What differences should I expect when following online modules at my host university?

Depending on the time difference with your host country, you may be expected to follow lectures and take assessments late in the day or at night. Additionally, some host universities have already indicated that you will only obtain a pass or fail for the modules rather than a grade. You should find out as much as you can in advance about the modules you are planning to take to ensure they suit your learning style.

If I am unable to start my semester 1 studies abroad and instead follow alternative modules for semester 1, will I definitely be able to go abroad in semester 2?

No, this is one of the risks with this option. This will depend on how the situation with Covid-19 develops in your host country and in the UK, and whether your host university is in a position to accept students for semester 2.

If you are unable to go abroad in semester 2, your School and the Global Mobility team will consider how you may be able to complete the remaining courseload for this additional year of study.

I am a voluntary year abroad student. Am I guaranteed a year abroad in 2021/22 if I choose to invert the years of my degree in this way?

No, unfortunately we cannot guarantee you will be offered a place as it depends on the number of applications we receive next year and the availability of places. However, we will do everything we can to allocate you a place.

I would like to invert my year abroad and my final year of study. Is it possible to hold on to the host university I have been allocated for 2020/21?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. The study abroad offer you received is valid for the 2020/21 academic year only. The number of places we have available with a particular partner (if any) is only confirmed with the partner institution by October each year. At that point we will publish the list of available places and you can apply to any university on the list for study abroad the following year (2021/22). However, you should be clear that it is possible you will not be allocated the same partner university again.

How can I find out more about the modules which will be available if I have to follow Sussex modules in Semester 1 (only open to voluntary students)?

Colleagues in your School are currently working on the process for allowing you to register on modules for Semester 1, where your host institution is not offering distance learning modules in Semester 1. Your School office will contact you about this shortly.

When would I graduate if I invert my year abroad and the final year of my degree?

Most students who invert would graduate in the summer 2022 graduation ceremony. However, some partner universities abroad may not complete their assessment process or issue your official transcript of grades before the exam board meets. In these circumstances, the degree certificate will not include the suffix ‘with a study abroad year’ but you will still be able to attend graduation. A new certificate including the suffix ‘with a study abroad year’ will be issued later, once the study abroad transcript has been received.

Will I need to submit a full application to apply to study abroad in 2021/22?

All students will need to submit a new application/allocation form. This will be similar to the one you previously submitted. If the same host universities are available, you are welcome to re-use parts of your original application. However, you may feel that you have additional information you would like to include which you feel would strengthen your application.

I was preparing to study abroad for a year – I feel anxious now about coming back to Sussex for the final year of my degree. Who can I talk to about this?

We understand it will take some time to get used to this change of plan. We advise you to contact your Academic Advisor or colleagues in the Student Life Centre so they can support you and help you prepare for your Sussex modules next term.

Can I intermit in 2020/21 and reapply for study abroad while in intermittence so I have a voluntary year abroad in 2021/22?

The University wants to support students to successfully complete their degree course. Taking two years away from your Sussex studies may make this challenging. We encourage all students who are thinking of intermitting to carefully consider all the implications of this (academic, financial, personal etc) and to only take this route if they have a very strong reason for this. If you are thinking about intermitting, please discuss this with your Academic Advisor or colleagues in the Student Life Centre.


Semster Abroad students 2020/21

If you’re a second-year student due to go abroad for spring 2021 semester your conditional offer still stands, providing that you have met the academic requirements. Please note that we are unable to guarantee your study placement will go ahead. This will depend on the viability of sending students abroad and/or whether or not your host university is still receiving students. Some partner universities have already cancelled the exchange programme for spring 2021 and those students affected have been contacted.

As a spring semester abroad student, you can withdraw and re-apply during Autumn 2020 for the additional voluntary year abroad in 2021/22. A year abroad is not guaranteed as it will depend on the number of places available and applications received. Equally, it cannot be guaranteed that you would be reallocated the same partner university you were allocated this year.


Accommodation, money and insurance

Accommodation: If you are planning to follow Sussex modules this autumn, you may wish to wait until your School has confirmed full details of your classes before securing accommodation in Brighton. You can express your interest in university-managed accommodation in Brighton via the Student Hub. Once you have signed a contract with a private landlord – either in the UK or abroad – it is likely you would have to pay for accommodation for the full period even if you were unable to make use of it.

Funding: If you are making changes to the academic option you are following, please make sure you inform your Student Finance provider and the Global Mobility team as soon as possible. You can contact the Student Funding Team if you have other questions about this.

Insurance: If you do travel abroad in spring 2021, as a semester student or with the ‘continue’ option, you will be required to have adequate insurance. You will be able to purchase insurance through the University. The Global Mobility team will contact you in due course with more information about this.

The Global Mobility team will continue to monitor how the global pandemic is impacting study mobility. We strongly advise you not to make any financial commitments and arrangements to travel abroad at this point, where possible.  


Study Abroad students 2019/20

If you were on a study abroad programme in the academic year 2019/20, your study placement will now have finished.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check the 

If you are planning to leave the country you’re in

Developments in the coronavirus pandemic remain uncertain around the world. No travel is risk-free. Please contact the airline or travel company to keep up-to-date with the latest travel developments for your destination before your trip. If your insurance is still valid, please also contact them.

If you are a UK national who needs emergency help from the UK government while overseas, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission or the FCO in London on 0207 008 1500 for help or advice 24/7.

If you are a national of another country, you should contact your home country’s embassy, consulate or high commission.

The FCO’s travel advice: coronavirus site has extensive information for British people travelling during the pandemic.

Claiming for your return flight

If you were studying abroad in 2019/20 and had to leave your host destination earlier than anticipated due to the global pandemic, you can claim back your return travel costs either via your insurance or Sussex. If you have not submitted your claim yet, please do so as soon as possible.

If you purchased your insurance with Aviva via Sussex and you are planning to submit a claim to them, here is the Sussex Aviva policy document [PDF]. Your policy number is: 100001759GPA.

If you are claiming via Sussex, please submit to your School office a complete Student Expense Claim form filled in with supporting information attached including receipts and evidence that your travel insurance could not cover the expense. This may include standard economy air fare back to your home country, additional baggage allowance, transfer to the airport and costs for sending your belongings back home. We will cover reasonable travel costs up to £500 for Europe and £1,000 for the rest of the world.

Advice for students on placements abroad 2019/20

We recommend that students on placement abroad return home.

If you wish to travel back to your home country, but are not able to cover the costs through your insurance, we will cover reasonable travel. In terms of returning home, take note of the following advice:

  • If you already have a return flight booked, see if it is possible to re-schedule the return flight back to the UK or to your home country. Some airlines are waiving fees to change flights right now.
  • Insurance: If you have been asked by your employer to complete your placement early, you may be able to claim your return flight home through your insurance.
  • If you need to book a new ticket, make sure you keep hold of all receipts and flight information to claim for the University’s financial support and/or your insurance.
  • If you are not able to cover the additional costs through your insurance, we will cover reasonable travel costs – lowest available fare up to £500 for Europe and £1,000 for the rest of the world. Email placements@sussex.ac.uk for more information.

If you choose to stay and complete your placement, follow the protocols that are in place with your placement employer in relation to Coronavirus. If you have concerns, raise them with your Placement Tutor and the Placements Team on placements@sussex.ac.uk.

At this time it is even more important that we have contact with you, so please continue to complete your logs and submit them via CareerHub.

If you are affected by the virus and this impairs your ability to undertake the professional placement assessment, email placements@sussex.ac.uk so we can initiate an exceptional circumstances claim. We will take all reasonable measure to ensure you are not disadvantaged if you need to take time off work.

If your placement employer asks you to work remotely, you do not need to notify us. Prioritise your own health and wellbeing and continue to read and understand the updated instructions from Public Health England and the NHS.

Visiting or exchange students at Sussex 2019/20

If your home university or country requested you to return, or you decided to return home early, you should have been able to access Sussex’s remote teaching and assessment methods set up to enable students to achieve the credit for their modules. If there were any issues with this ask your home institution for information about their approach to the academic learning and assessment of your time abroad under these circumstances. 

See more information about your education.

If you have left your on-campus accommodation, check our living away from campus information.

If you’re still on campus, check our information about staying on campus.

It is important for us to monitor your situation, to ensure you are safe, and all processes at both your host and home universities are respected.

Students who plan to return to their home country should let the Sussex Abroad team know by emailing sussexabroad@sussex.ac.uk.