The relationship between you and the University is a partnership – we have commitments to you, and equally you have responsibilities to us, and to the British government.

When you enrol, you will be given the University of Sunderland’s International Agreement (.pdf). This document contains the responsibilities that both you and the University have agreed to regarding your studies in the UK.

Completing work

You must complete all assignments and coursework. If you do not submit work that is due, you are at risk of being withdrawn from your course. If you are having problems with your work, you must speak to your academic tutor, or another member of your Faculty, so that the University can help you.


The University of Sunderland monitors your attendance to classes with registers.

You must attend all your timetabled classes, such as lectures, seminars, workshops and practical lab or studio work. You must also attend all your exams. If you miss lots of classes, there is a risk that the University will withdraw you from your course.

If you have come to the UK with a Tier 4 visa and you are withdrawn from a course due to non-attendance, your visa will no longer be sponsored by the University of Sunderland. We will contact you by email if we are concerned about low levels of attendance, and if you do not respond to our emails we will withdraw you. There will be no opportunity to rejoin a course once this has happened.

Short periods of absence

If you are unable to attend a class, for example because you are ill, you must inform your tutor as soon as possible using the online Report an Absence form.

Long periods of absence

If you need a longer period of time off from classes you may be granted ‘Leave of Absence’. This will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, such as the death of a close family member or a serious long-term illness. Please note that a Leave of Absence may have an impact on your visa. For more information, please see the University’s Leave of Absence Policy (.pdf).

Absence for religious festivals

The University of Sunderland has a diverse range of students from many countries and faiths, and we understand that some students may wish to return home to celebrate certain religious festivals or holidays.

If you wish to celebrate a religious festival during term time, your tutor may authorise an absence from class if the time away from your studies is likely to be very short. Longer absences will require Leave of Absence permission, which may not be granted.