International Study Centre

Before you arrive

The friendly and diverse student community will welcome you to Sussex

We’re looking forward to welcoming you

We will be open for you to join us for your studies* and are looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre.

You can choose how you study:

Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus soon or you can’t wait to begin your studies but you have concerns about travelling to the UK, we will help you to get to where you want to be.

We are open for you to begin your studies in the centre from the start of term. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

If you are unable to travel for the start of term, you can start your programme online from home with virtual teacher-led learning and join us on campus at any point during your programme. When you are ready to travel, our transition plan will ensure you have a smooth transfer to the UK and are fully integrated into face-to-face classes at the Centre with minimal disruption to your studies.

We expect and hope that you will be able to travel to the UK and study in the Centre with us soon. However, if you are unable to travel for the duration of your programme, you can complete your entire pathway programme from home via virtual, teacher-led learning. The University has confirmed that due to exceptional circumstances related to the pandemic it would recognise online-only study and assessment for progression.**

However you study, our experienced, specialist staff will be available to offer academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers advice as well as personal and welfare support.

Students that start their programme from home will benefit from the expanded list of English tests we will accept for entry for online study, our 21 day money back*** satisfaction offer and updated visa refund policy.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment.
**Subject to meeting the progression requirements and University approval
***Provided students have an online attendance level of 80% or more

Local support information for students

Question Answer

Is the International Study Centre open?

Due to government guidance put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, we closed the International Study Centre and moved to teaching online in March 2020. Although the campus is currently closed, staff are still working and providing all teaching and support services via telephone, an online learning environment (Canvas), and other communication methods.

In accordance with current UK government guidelines and following consultation with the University of Sussex, we have determined the University of Sussex International Study Centre can safely open for all students to return to learning on campus with appropriate safety measures in place on 21/09/2020*^.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of a rigorous health and safety risk assessment.
^Information is subject to change. Government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is regularly changing and therefore we will continue to review and adapt the measures that we’re putting in place to safeguard our staff and students as we plan to reopen the International Study Centre.

What facilities are available on campus?

When the Centre reopens and whilst social distancing measures are in place, at the University of Sussex International Study Centre you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

Until the Centre reopens, all teaching and learning will continue online. Only staff carrying out essential activities and students living on site should be on campus. We are still available to support you during this time, so please do continue to contact us should you require support.

Along with access to any International Study Centre facilities, students will be able to access the University facilities. For further information on access to university facilities please visit: https://student.sussex.ac.uk/coronavirus/campus

What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the Centre.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the Centre's Emergency Contact number for support:

University of Sussex ISC: +44 (0) 7824 370181

What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the International Study Centre for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

While the campus is closed, we are still available to support you, and all essential services will still be provided.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We want to ensure that you have all the information and guidance you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with information to prepare you for life in the UK, including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival and how to make the most of your time at the Centre.

If, due to travel restrictions, you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of your first semester, you will have the opportunity to start your studies online from home. You can arrive in-Centre at any point during your first semester. Providing there are no continuing travel restrictions, we expect to see you joining us on campus continue your studies in January 2021.

If you are enrolled on our Prepare for Success programme, you will receive guidance on how to get ready for your departure to the UK, or to start your studies online from your home country.

For more details about our commitment to support you, please see our information on learning in the UK

Film and Media pathway:

For students enrolling on the following programmes:

  • International Foundation Year in Business, Media and Social Sciences and have chosen the Film and Media pathway
  • International Year One in Film and Media
  • Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Media and Social Sciences and have chosen the Film and Media pathway

If you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of the first term and you are starting your studies online from home, you will need to purchase a number of items that are essential to completing your course. If you are starting your course in-centre, this equipment will be supplied to you.

As well as being essential to your International Study Centre (ISC) course, these items will be of use throughout your chosen Media degree at the University of Sussex. They will also be extremely helpful for creating your own personal media projects and online content. There are lots of opportunities outside of the ISC where you will be able to use your training and equipment to good effect.

Below, we have written a guide of necessary items, as well as items that would be beneficial but are not essential to complete your course. You can source this equipment from your own country, and choose brands and models of your choice.

Essential items (For smartphone photo/sound/video production)

  • Smartphone Tripod Mount
  • Tripod - Full size (additional mini tripod optional)
  • Microphone (Lavalier/Clip Microphone for smartphones)
  • Fur Windshield for Lavalier Microphone
  • Smartphone video rig

Additional recommended items

You may already have some of these and wish to use them. We can provide training so you can make the most of your equipment.

  • DSLR Camera (Various models)
  • DSLR Camera mini shotgun video mic
  • Mini Tripod
  • Smartphone Gimbal

Before you arrive in the UK

  1. Confirm your offer. Check your fees to see what you have to pay in order to accept your offer and get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number.
  2. Apply for a visa. You will need your CAS number to apply. Take the UK visas questionnaire to find out which type of visa you need.
  3. Book your accommodation. We have a range of great accommodation options to choose from. You can find your new home on our accommodation page.
  4. Book your flights. Gatwick Airport is the closest airport to the International Study Centre, only half an hour away by train.
  5. Complete your pre-arrival form . We will email you a link to the online form one month before the start of your course.
  6. Get insurance. It is essential that you have personal insurance when studying in the UK. Organise your insurance with Study Group.

You can buy everything you need in one of the shops on campus or in the nearby city of Brighton.

Important items should be packed in your hand luggage, especially:

  • your passport and visa
  • UKVI decision letter
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter (CAS)
  • your offer letter
  • IELTS certificate or other original Secure English Language Test result
  • evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including your sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
  • accommodation documents, including your signed tenancy agreement
  • medical certificates (including vaccination records)
  • a copy of your UK guardian's details (if you are under the age of 18).

Why not starting making friends at the International Study Centre before you land in the UK? Join our Facebook community and meet your new classmates.

Student life in Brighton has something for everyone. To help you settle in, we will organise social events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at the University of Sussex, or go along to student events taking place on campus.

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Sussex student Nitin

“The first day was interesting as you start to learn more about the school and it's amazing to see so many students of different nationalities coming together. Right now I definitely feel at home, the people here are amazing and the friends I’ve made have just been fantastic!”

Nitin from Singapore
International Year One

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