International College

Pathway programmes

University preparation programmes for international students

The University of Sheffield International College provides dedicated programmes that prepare international students for the challenges of academic life. We are focused on helping students with English as a second language and different educational backgrounds go to the world-class University of Sheffield.

You will be learning with students from all over the world, studying a range of modules that have been developed in collaboration with the University. These will include specialist subject matter, English language, and study and career skills – everything you need to succeed.

Choose the undergraduate or postgraduate preparation programme and then select the relevant subject for you. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen degree at the University of Sheffield.

Specially designed pathways tailored to your chosen degree

When you join the International College, you will have already chosen one of the University of Sheffield’s undergraduate degrees or masters courses. Your International College curriculum will include modules tailored to your chosen subject.

Our programmes will help to develop your academic level in your chosen subject. This means that you will already have a good knowledge of your subject when you start your degree, ready to learn in more detail.

We’ll introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it. Above all, we’ll give you the confidence you need to progress in your studies and in your chosen career.

Small classes

You will study in small class sizes with teachers who are experts at helping students to learn in a second language. You'll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, interactive learning and independent study.

Experienced teachers

Teachers will constantly monitor your progress and help you to quickly build confidence in your chosen subject. They will help you to learn effective ways to study and develop your English language capability.

State-of-the-art environment

At the forefront of innovation and technology, the International College offers you a first class learning environment. Lecture rooms and study spaces are equipped with the latest technology. WiFi is fast and easy to access across the campus.

Skills for success

At the University of Sheffield International College, you will receive help to identify and develop your employability skills. CareerAhead activities equip you with the knowledge, self-awareness and confidence to be successful in a professional working environment. 

CareerAhead will show you how to:

  • improve your self-awareness by identifying strengths and weaknesses, and areas to focus on for success
  • develop your teamwork, problem solving and communication skills
  • create a personal development plan to work on when you progress to the University.

The International College will support you to recognise your own achievements and how you can contribute effectively to the world of work. You may also be able to gain work experience by taking a part-time position or completing a work placement during your studies. Find out more about working rights and conditions with your visa.