International College

Big Sheffield Welcome

Joining us soon? Find out all the information you need about studying and socialising in the UK.  

We’re looking forward to welcoming you

We will be open for you to join us for your studies* and are looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre.

You can choose how you study:

Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus soon or you can’t wait to begin your studies but you have concerns about travelling to the UK, we will help you to get to where you want to be.

We are open for you to begin your studies in the centre from the start of term. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

If you are unable to travel for the start of term, you can start your programme online from home with virtual teacher-led learning and join us on campus at any point during your programme. When you are ready to travel, our transition plan will ensure you have a smooth transfer to the UK and are fully integrated into face-to-face classes at the Centre/College with minimal disruption to your studies.

We expect and hope that you will be able to travel to the UK and study in the Centre/College with us soon. However, if you are unable to travel for the duration of your programme, you can complete your entire pathway programme from home via virtual, teacher-led learning. The University has confirmed that due to exceptional circumstances related to the pandemic it would recognise online-only study and assessment for progression.**

However you study, our experienced, specialist staff will be available to offer academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers advice as well as personal and welfare support.

Students that start their programme from home will benefit from the expanded list of English tests we will accept for entry for online study, our 21 day money back*** satisfaction offer and updated visa refund policy.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment.
**Subject to meeting the progression requirements, the University has confirmed that if you are unable to travel for the whole of your pathway programme due to exceptional circumstances related to the pandemic, it will recognise online-only study and assessment for progression.
***Provided students have an online attendance level of 80% or more

Local support information for students

Question Answer

Is the International College open?

In accordance with current UK government guidelines and following consultation with the University of Sheffield, the University of Sheffield International College opened for students to return to learning on campus with appropriate safety measures in place on 14th September 2020*^.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of a rigorous health and safety risk assessment.
^Information is subject to change. Government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is regularly changing and therefore we will continue to review and adapt the measures that we’re putting in place to safeguard our staff and students at the Colleges.

What facilities are available on campus?

When the International College reopens and whilst social distancing measures are in place, at the University of Sheffield International College you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

Until the International College reopens, all teaching and learning will continue online. Only staff carrying out essential activities and students living on site should be on campus. We are still available to support you during this time, so please do continue to contact us should you require support.

Along with access to the International College facilities, students will be able to access the University facilities. For further information on access to university facilities please visit the university’s website.

What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the International College.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the International College’s Emergency Contact number for support: +44 (0) 7467 955 175

What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the International College for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

While the campus is closed, we are still available to support you, and all essential services will still be provided.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of starting your studies with us and planning to move to the UK. We will provide you with information to prepare you for life in the UK; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the Centre or College.

If you are enrolled on our Prepare for Success programme, you will receive guidance on what you need to do to get ready for your departure to the UK, or to start your studies online from your home country.

For more details about our commitment to support you visit - studygroup.com/study/uk-learning

Pre-arrival information

We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus, and with everything you need close by we are sure you will settle in quickly.

Pre-arrival checklist

Visit our fees page to find out how to confirm your offer to study at the International College. You will then be issued with your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

You will need a visa to study at the International College. Find out more about visas and how to apply

Make sure you have organised where you’re going to live before you arrive. Our accommodation team can help you – find out more about accommodation options.

When you have your visa you can book your flights. Make sure you check the term dates and arrive in time for the start of your course. The closest international airport to Sheffield is Manchester.

Before you leave home, it is important that you register for the University Health Service so you can receive medical treatment if you become ill. We will send you further details before you arrive. 

It’s important that you have health, medical and personal insurance to cover you while you are here in the UK. Find out about StudyCare Insurance Plus.

Uni life is once in a lifetime

Federico from Colombia and Wei Yuan from Taiwan talk about their experience at Sheffield and how they made friends from day one at the College.

What to pack

You should bring the following documents with you:

  • passport and visa
  • UKVI Decision Letter
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Study letter (CAS)
  • International College offer letter
  • accommodation documents
  • academic qualification certificates 
  • sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
  • four passport-sized photographs
  • insurance documents (unless you are covered by StudyCare Insurance Plus)
  • medical certificates and vaccination records
  • copy of your arrivals/transfer confirmation letter
  • guardianship letter (if you are under 18).

You should bring:

  • prescriptions for any medication along with translations into English
  • essential toiletries for the first few days – everything else can be purchased when you arrive.

It can be useful to bring the following personal items:   

  • a small amount of British money in case you need cash 
  • travel adaptor 
  • laptop (if possible) or you could buy one in Sheffield when you arrive
  • something to remind you of home.

Living in the UK

Life in Britain will be different from what you are used to and we’re sure you’ll have many questions. We’ve compiled a list of the top three most frequently asked below, together with our answers.

Britain is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding British etiquette and slang to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends. 

It won’t take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you. 

The UK is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want.

Welcome week

Big Sheffield Welcome

Born in Colombia. Made in Sheffield.

Federico in The University of Sheffield campus

A huge thing I think international people get from the College is our main group of friends. We have the same classes, we are all in a new country with a new language and new people. We have that bonding. Then that just continues on in life after university.

Federico

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.