We're looking forward to welcoming you
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. When you join us on campus, you will benefit from a high-quality blended learning experience ensuring you get the best of both worlds: with some classes taking place face-to-face, and some activities taking place online.
It is important that you are able to regularly attend your face-to-face classes as this is a UK visa requirement. To help with this, we provide accommodation options and support with the booking process. Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.
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 support you with:
- What to pack
- Planning for your arrival
- How to make the most of your time with us
When you confirm your place, you will be able to access our Welcome Hub, which will give you lots of useful information to help you prepare for joining us on campus.
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).
- Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
- Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries once you arrive in Sheffield
Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International College, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Sheffield has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.
It can be useful to bring the following personal items:
- a small amount of British money in case you need cash
- travel adaptor
- laptop or you could buy one in Sheffield when you arrive
- something to remind you of home.
Once you arrive
What to expect on arrival
There’ll be plenty of induction activities for you to join once you arrive in Sheffield. You will immediately be a part of a welcoming and supportive community, both at the College and the wider university. Making friends should be easy and our nurturing staff are here to ensure you find the support you need to succeed both academically and socially.
We strongly recommend that all international students have the protection of appropriate accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK.
StudyCare Insurance Plus has been designed specifically to offer international students comprehensive protection and support during their studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.
Insurance cover is available in terms of up to 12 months and up to 24 months, allowing students to select the policy length that suits their needs.
Information for students currently studying with us
If you are issued a CAS to study in the UK, you can arrive on-campus in the UK at any time until 10 June 2022. If you wish to complete your studies online, and your programme ends after 30 June 2022, you will need to follow the application process as set out here. If approved, you can complete your studies online. However, if you do not apply or are not approved for this, you will need to arrive on-campus in the UK before 10 June 2022.
Yes, providing it is a Study Group issued CAS and you are not on an Integrated CAS, you will be able to apply and if successful the CAS will be withdrawn. This will not affect CAS application for your future studies at the University of Sheffield when you progress.
No, once you have applied and been approved to complete your course online you will not be able to apply for another CAS and travel to the UK for face-to-face studies for your pathway. You will be able to apply for your next visa and commence studies in the UK as normal for your progression degree at the University of Sheffield.
Work after study
You will have the opportunity to start your career in the UK with a two-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities.
Find all the information you need on visas, including which type you need, being interviewed, and how and when to apply.