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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.


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 two subject routes:


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

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.

At the University of Sheffield International College, we provide tailored programmes for international students. You will study in small classes with teachers experienced in helping students learn in a second language. With a balance of workshops, lectures and independent study, you will gain experience in a wide range of learning techniques that are used in University.


When thinking about studying in the UK, it’s important to consider the tuition fees and accommodation costs, as well as your living costs. There are no scholarships for the International College available at this time. The University awards scholarships to a number of top performing students upon progression to their degree. Find out more on the Fees page.

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


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.


You will need a Tier 4 (General) student 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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International College address

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

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