International College
Student pathways to The University of Sheffield

Preparation for an undergraduate degree

The international foundation year is an intensive two or three-term programme designed specifically to provide you with a path to undergraduate degree study at the University.

The programme includes academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. It has been developed for international students and designed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed on your degree.

Your offer of entry will contain the level you need to achieve on your foundation year. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.


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Business, Law and Social Sciences

This will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences, including the Management School and the School of Law.

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Science and Engineering

This will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science.

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Study structure

You will study core modules common to each route, plus subject-specific modules. These have been carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree. You can choose from two foundation routes:

This will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences, including those taught at the Management School and the School of Law and a small number of degrees in other faculties.

This will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science and a small number of degrees in other faculties.


University-style teaching

The University of Sheffield International College introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience on your degree. Taking part in tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures will prepare you well for undergraduate study at the University.


Assessment

You will be assessed regularly throughout the course. Your development is monitored through continuous coursework and assessments at the end of each term or module. This may include examinations. You will also need to complete a series of presentations and extended essays as part of your overall assessment.


Study plan options

You can start the international foundation year at several points in the year.  There is also a two-term option for those with an IELTS score of 6.0. If your IELTS score is less than 5.0 you could take one of our English language courses to prepare you for the international foundation year.

IELTS  September January April June September
5.0 3-term IFY Break Join the first year of your undergraduate University of Sheffield degree
5.0   3-term IFY
6.0   2-term IFY

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International Foundation Year Key Facts

Course length: Two or three terms, dependent on English language IELTS score

Entry points:

Three terms - September and January

Two terms – April

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older

Term dates

Entry requirements

Fees