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The Advice & Representation Centre  can give you free, independent and confidential information, advice and support on a range of academic and non-academic issues.

We have professional advisers and elected student representatives and the service is completely confidential, independent from the University and no issue is too big or too small for us to deal with.

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Fees and funding

Funding for international students

Around 20% of students studying at the University of Sussex are international students, representing about 120 different countries. Whilst the wide range of degrees on offer and the opportunity to live and study in such a beautiful and vibrant setting may be appealing, one major factor you will need to consider before making a decision about whether or not to undertake a course of study at Sussex will be the issue of funding.

In an ideal world every student hoping to study in the UK would be able to do so regardless of the cost but in reality the UK Government does not offer any statutory support to international students and obtaining funding for a course of study in the UK is extremely difficult. As a result studying at Sussex as an international student may not be a realistic option unless you have a private source of funding.

Before you accept a place at Sussex you should carefully consider how you will fund your studies and ensure that you have a secure source of funding that will pay for all your tuition fees and living costs for the whole of your course.  Indeed, one of the conditions you will need to meet when applying for a visa under the new points-based immigration system is that you can prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependants. For more information about this have a look at the UKCISA website (UKCISA is an independant charity that provides up-to-date, comprehensive info and advice to interantional students).

If you are unable to secure funding before your course begins we would advise you to defer your place at Sussex until you have sufficient funding in place to cover both your tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your course.

How much are the tuition fees?

Fees for international students at Sussex vary and you should check in the relevant prospectus:

or contact Student Accounts on 0800 0194979, email studentaccounts@sussex.ac.uk .

It's always worthwhile checking if you should pay the 'international' rate or the 'home' rate of fee as there can be some (pleasantly!) surprising exceptions - for example a recent change in government legislation means that if you are the child of a Turkish worker in the UK you may be eligible to pay the 'home' rate of fee. If you'd like further information about which rate of fee you should pay have a look at the UKCISA (the UK Council for International Student Affairs) information note Fees, funding and student support

There is no statutory support available to help international students with either their fees or living costs so you will need to secure your own funding from other sources.  It is a condition of entry into both the UK and the University of Sussex that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. Indeed one of the conditions you need to meet when applying for a visa under the new points-based immigration system is that you can prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependants. For more information about this have a look at the UKCISA website.

If you are unable to secure funding before coming to the UK, you should consider very carefully whether it is financially viable to proceed.

If your fees are being paid by a recognised sponsoring organisation (for example educational institutions, government bodies or recognised corporate sponsors), you must submit an award or sponsor letter before the start of your course.

If you are paying your own fees, you will need to negotiate with Student Accounts about how you intend to pay.  Details of payment arrangements are given in your pre-course information packs or you can contact Student Accounts on 0800 0194979, email studentaccounts@sussex.ac.uk

If you are worried about how you are going to pay your fees, please speak to one of our professional advisers. However, if you have not secured funding before your course begins and you do not have sufficient funds to be self-financing, you should consider very carefully whether it is financially viable to proceed.

How much will I need to cover all my living costs?

How much you need to cover your living costs will depend on your individual circumstances.  Have a look at our living costs and budgeting tips pages for advice.

Can I get help with my living costs?

There is no statutory support available to help international students with either their fees or living costs so you will need to secure your own funding from other sources.

However, as mentioned earlier, it's always worth checking to see whether you have been correctly classed as an international student. If you'd like more information about who's entitled to statutory student support (i.e. financial help for students from the UK government) have a look at the UKCISA (the UK Council for International Student Affairs) information note 'Student Support: applying in England'

It is a condition of entry into both the UK and the University of Sussex that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. One of the conditions you need to meet when applying for a visa under the new points-based immigration system is that you can prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependants. For more information about this have a look at the UKCISA website.

If you are unable to secure funding before coming to the UK, you should consider very carefully whether it is financially viable to proceed.

Where can I look for funding?

Funding may be available from a variety of different sources and you will need to spend time researching all your options in order to maximise your chances of obtaining funding for your course.

You may be able to secure an award or scholarship from either the University of Sussex or from other organisations either based in the UK or overseas.

For details of awards and scholarships available from the University please take a look at their website.

The Students' Union also provides Mandela Scholarships - 2 or 3 each year for postgraduate students from southern Africa.

However, you should have a look at the relevant University prospectus or the funding section of the University's website for a full list of all the scholarships offered to Sussex students. You may also find that you are eligible to apply for one that is not aimed specifically at international students. These scholarships are always very competitive, are often subject-based and are usually only offered to students who show exceptional academic promise and/or students in particular circumstances.

You should also contact the local British Council or the Education Department of your own government for information about any financial assistance that may be available.

Other organisations that sometimes offer awards to international students include:

Awards are very competitive and are usually based on academic merit.  For full details on the eligibility criteria, application process and application deadlines, click on the links above.

What other financial help can I get?

Have a look at our additional sources of income and additional help available to University of Sussex students webpages for information about other possible sources of financial help including the Alumni Hardship and Opportunities Fund, earnings from part-time work and awards from trusts, charities or educational foundations.

Most non-UK students are not entitled to any welfare benefits or tax credits. For information about any possible entitlement however, check our benefits & tax credits webpages.

You can also get advice about budgeting and money management (including tips on ways to save money) and download useful publications such as Money Matters from the relevant sections of our webpages.

However, if you have not secured funding before your course begins and you do not have sufficient funds to be self-financing, you should consider very carefully whether it is financially viable to proceed.


Other useful resources

The  international student calculator is an online tool that can help you plan and manage your money for study in the UK. It has been developed by two independent charities, Brightside and UKCISA.