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Applicant Experience Events

Applicant Experience Events, including Medicine Offer Holder Days, are your chance to get a taste of what life here at the University of Sunderland is really like. They are a fantastic opportunity to take a good look around, meet your potential coursemates, learn more about your course and much more.

Once you have applied to the University of Sunderland, and if your course is eligible, you may be invited to an Applicant Experience Event.

In light of the recent government recommendations, on-campus Applicant Experience Events have now been replaced with an Online Applicant Experience Event. We understand how important it is that you have all of the information you need, to make an informed decision about your application, and to see why Sunderland is a great place to study.

Online Applicant Experience Events will give you the opportunity to:

• Speak to the lecturers and course experts through Live Chat
• Explore our amazing facilities with a virtual tour
• Find out more about your course with exclusive subject information
• Engage with current university students to find out what studying at Sunderland is really like
• Learn about the extensive support available to our students

If your course is eligible for these unique Online Applicant Experience events you will be sent an email with more information on how to sign up.
Please note, if you had planned to come to an on-campus Applicant Experience event and/or interview, you may still be eligible for our Travel Bursary. Please see more information below.


If you have applied to one of our courses that require you to have an interview, you should receive an email inviting you along for your interview. You will be given various dates and times that you can choose, and you can book your interview slot by logging into your VIP page. All remaining interviews for a September 2020 start will now take place online.

For any Health Sciences and Wellbeing interview queries please contact healthsciences.interviews@sunderland.ac.uk

Travel Bursary

We know that travelling to university events can put pressure on your finances, whether it’s fuel in the tank or ever-increasing cost of train tickets. That’s why, as a valued applicant, we will reimburse some of your travel costs for your applicant experience event or interview, if you live 20 miles away or further. Please note if you purchased travel tickets in advance, and your Applicant Experience or Interview was cancelled due to Covid-19, we will honour this reimbursement.

Please take a look at our Terms and Conditions (.pdf) to see if you are eligible, and read our Applicant and Interview Travel Bursary (.pdf) for more information on how to apply.

If you match the criteria, please download our Travel Bursary Application form (.pdf), fill in it, and email it, along with any copies of rail/air/ferry tickets, to travel.bursary@sunderland.ac.uk.

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