International College

Student support

We know it’s not an easy decision to study abroad, but it is an exciting one. To help you on your way, we’ll be available to support you from the moment you decide to join us until you progress to your degree. 

We're here to help you

The University of Sheffield International College offers unparalleled student support. We have more than 100 staff committed to supporting international students in the College, and 60 highly qualified academic staff with experience teaching students from around the world. The Students' Union also has an International Officer ready to provide advice and support if you need it. 

Support includes:

Hamza's story – "My teachers are fabulous"

Hamza from Morocco

Adapt to studying in English

You’ll need to be able to learn your chosen subject in English with confidence. You may find you need time to get used to new ways of teaching and more independent learning. And you have to do all of this while getting used to how things work in a foreign country, far from home. This is why we are here to help you get used to you new surroundings. We have an experienced team offering international students support and guidance every step of the way.

University of Sheffield career service

At the University of Sheffield International College, you’ll receive help to identify and develop your employability skills during your International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme. When you progress to your degree, you will be able to take advantage of the University’s Careers Service. It can help you to:

  • Understand your options
  • Explore occupations
  • Develop skills
  • Meet employers at on-campus events
  • Produce the perfect online CV and job applications.

Check out our subject guides to see different degree options and how they match with your career goals.

Student agreement

The Student Agreement is there to make sure you get the most out of your time at the College. It is a set of guiding principles for students and staff. It includes what we expect from you while you are studying and what you can expect from us. You’ll also find your study plan and any progression requirements you need to meet. 

Personalised tuition

The International College offers small class sizes, personalised tuition and friendly helpful support, both in the College and via the Virtual Learning Environment. You’ll have the individual attention you need to keep you on track and give you the confidence you need to succeed.

Surrounded by ambitious students

Students at Sheffield are ambitious. That’s because it’s a top-ranking Russell Group university with internationally recognised qualifications. Students want to achieve their goals and know what they need to do to get there, immersing themselves in academic studies and university life. 

A degree from Sheffield will set you up for life, whether you want to launch an international career, pursue your own research and academic studies, or return home to work, study or teach. 

A friend before you arrive

If you have questions about life in Sheffield, we’ll do our best to put you in touch with a current University student to answer your questions.

When you arrive, you’ll find friendly, helpful and experienced staff in the International College ready to help you settle in. The Students’ Union also has an International Officer ready to provide advice and support whenever you feel you need a helping hand. 

Student study tips and overcoming challenges 

Our Study Buddies share their experience studying abroad

Progression advice

Lillith from China

We have a dedicated team to help you achieve the best possible results.

Born in UAE. Made in Sheffield.

Sheffield student Mohammed in science labs

The staff here are really friendly...I really did not expect that someone would actually look into what I desired to do in the future...There are many ways they try to help but the first one is that they were very willing to listen to what I had to say.

Mohammed

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering