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Have you got questions about studying at the University of Sheffield International College? Here are some common questions to help you.

Information for 2021/22 academic year

We are continually updating our courses to ensure you get the best out of your time at the International College. This means that intakes are liable to change with each academic year, so please visit our pre-arrival page for the most up-to-date information.

If you are unable to travel for the start of the semester, you can start your programme online from home.

We offer an online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme in 2022. Find out more about preparing to study with us.


The University of Sheffield International College offers a choice of university preparation courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year prepares you for a wide range of undergraduate degrees. This programme teaches you the academic, English and study skills needed for university.

After completing the International Foundation Year and achieving the required grades, you will progress to the first year of your chosen degree. You can choose from three subject routes:

  • Business, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Science and Engineering
  • Dentistry


The Pre-Masters programme will prepare you for a postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. You can choose from two subject routes:

  • Business, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Science and Engineering

English Language Preparation

You can improve your English language level before you start the International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme with an English language preparation course. Study for one, two or three terms to reach the necessary requirements to start your programme.

To study at University of Sheffield International College, you will need to meet our English language and academic entry requirements.

For the 2021/22 academic year, teaching will take place through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning. If you are unable to travel to the UK, you have the option to start your studies virtually from home.

Whichever way you study with us, you will have the opportunity to take an active part in seminars, tutorials and lectures to prepare you for the style of teaching and learning you will experience at the University. Our class sizes are small, so that you can receive individual attention from our experienced and highly qualified tutors. You will also have individual support from an academic personal tutor.


Most students choose to live at St Vincent’s Place, a new development managed by the University. All students under 18 are guaranteed a place in student accommodation.

St Vincent’s Place is located in the heart of Sheffield, near the main University campus and next to the International College.

Alternatively, if you are over 18, you are able to arrange private accommodation off campus.

Check accommodation options and fees.

You will have the chance to book your accommodation after you have confirmed your place at the International College and paid the confirmation payment. You must organise your accommodation before you arrive in the UK for study.


When thinking about studying in the UK, it’s important to consider the tuition fees and accommodation costs, as well as your living costs. You can also explore the scholarship options available.

Accommodation fees will vary depending on the length of your stay.


You will need a Student visa (formerly known as a Tier 4 visa) to study in the UK. More information is available on our visa process page.

If needed, you can apply for a general student visa online via the UK government website.

You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International College. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.

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Where to find us

International College address

The University of Sheffield International College
3 Solly Street
Sheffield, S1 4DE

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