Preparing to study

You’ve received an offer, what next?

Applying and receiving an offer is the start of your journey to study with us, there are a few more steps you need to take before we see you on campus.

Important things to do before you arrive

Important things to do before you arrive

Pay your confirmation fee and return your signed acceptance form to confirm your offer.

Once you have confirmed, you will have access to our Welcome Hub with lots of useful information about preparing to study.

You can apply for your CAS up to six months before your course start date (three months if you are in the UK)

a. Book and take your Pre-CAS interview (if required)  

b. Pay any fees due - check the information in your payment plan in your offer letter  

c. Provide any outstanding documents - your insurance information, emergency contact details, any study gap information (if applicable), living arrangement confirmation form and previous UK Visa history (if applicable) 

d. Receive your CAS preview. Sign and return it  

e. Submit your financial or bank documents - you must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your visa and take your UKVI interview.

If you have requested accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Services Team will contact you directly regarding the options available. 

Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the College so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the College.

Receive your visa and book your travel. When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day of semester, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International College is usually available two days before the start of semester.

Free coach service (September start only)

If you are planning to arrive over the weekend of the 24th & 25th September 2022, you may be able to benefit from a free coach service from Manchester Airport to Sheffield.

We have several coach times available on our arrivals weekend, however you must complete both the Pre-Registration Form, as well as the Pre-Arrival Form (both of which can be found on the University of Sheffield International College Welcome Hub). This is required to inform the College of your travel plans as well as to book a seat on the free coach service.

If you require a taxi transfer from the airport, you can book this by completing the relevant section of the Pre-Registration form.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare Insurance Plus cover or arrange your own.

In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International College is confirmed.

Important dates

Programme start date: 26th September

You must request your CAS by the published deadlines, at the latest. Please note that these CAS request deadlines are based on standard visa processing times, and are set in conjunction with the University.

CAS deadlines

September intake
26th September
19th August 202226th August 20222nd September 20229th September 2022
November intake
28th November
21st October 202228th October 20224th November 202211th November 2022




BotswanaCambodiaJordanNew Zealand



EgyptHong KongTurkeySpain

GhanaIndonesiaUnited Arab EmiratesSwitzerland








PeruMyanmar (Burma)

Saudi ArabiaOman

South AfricaPhilippines



ZambiaSri Lanka





For United Kingdom onshore students (already in the UK) the CAS deadline is 16th September 2022. For the 28th November start date, the UK onshore deadline will be 18th November 2022.

Flexible study options for September 2022 (1 term only)

English language preparation programmes

If you need additional English language support before starting your pathway programme with us in January 2023, you can take our English Language Preparation programme. Starting in September, we have flexible study options to suit you.

  • Study the 1 term English language preparation course online or on campus.

Studying online, you can expect:

  • Live online lessons in small groups with experienced teachers  
  • A personal tutor  
  • Technical support
  • Weekly conversation clubs and games/film events

If you choose to join us on campus, you can expect: 

  • Experienced teachers and support staff
  • Additional health and safety measures
  • Blended learning, which is a mixture of face-to-face and virtual learning
  • Weekly sports and social activities
  • Weekend trips (additional cost apply)

Please also note that you must be on-campus for the start of your academic programme (International Foundation Year/Pre-Masters programme) in January 2023.

Born in Colombia. Made in Sheffield.

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.


International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering