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The International Foundation Year will give you all the preparation required to succeed at the University of Sheffield. It includes English language tuition, study skills and an introduction to your degree programme.
The International Foundation Year is an intensive 2 or 3 term programme designed specifically to provide you with a path to undergraduate degree study at the University. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.
This route leads to a range of undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences, including the Management School and the School of Law.
Choose this route if you are looking to study an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield.
New for 2020/21, we’ve introduced a dedicated Dentistry route to the University of Sheffield’s prestigious five year Dental Surgery Bachelor’s degree. We work with the University’s prestigious School of Clinical Dentistry to deliver a unique, purpose-built dentistry foundation programme. Each year up to 10 ambitious students complete this programme and progress to the Dental Surgery degree.
his route has a longer duration than the other two International Foundation Year routes due to components of the programme delivered at the University’s School of Clinical Dentistry (TUOS) and some of the additional assessment requirements that take place during the summer. Our full term dates can be found here.
Once you complete your International Foundation Year and achieve the below required grades, you can progress to the University of Sheffield:
*This route is available as a 3 term, September entry only. Students wishing to progress to this degree must turn 18 by the end of September of the academic year when they start their undergraduate course at the University.
Please note: all foundation students embarking on a clinical dentistry degree will need to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions set out in the Clinical Student Entry Agreement.
The programme includes academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. It has been developed for international students and designed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed on your degree. You will study subject-specific modules that focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.
Your offer of entry will contain the level you need to achieve on your International Foundation Year. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.
You will study core modules common to each route, plus subject-specific modules. These have been carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.
You will be assessed regularly throughout the course. This may include a mixture of the following:
Course length: 2 or 3 terms*
3 terms – September and January*
2 terms – March
Age on entry:
Students will normally be 17 years of age or older*
Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements
Fees: Check fees for your programme
The University of Sheffield International College introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience during your degree. Taking part in tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures will prepare you well for undergraduate study at the University.
Teamwork, problem solving and communication are all skills you will develop during your programme. These are the skills employers are looking for and will help you stand out in the job market. Through various activities, you will develop the self-awareness and confidence to be successful in a professional working environment.
You can start the International Foundation Year at several points in the year, as long as you meet the entry requirements. There is also a 2 term option for those with an Academic IELTS for UKVI score of 6.0*. If your Academic IELTS for UKVI score is less than 5.0* you could take one of our English language courses to prepare you for the International Foundation Year.
Find out what you need to know about starting on campus, blended learning and preparing to travel.
If you are unable to travel to the UK for the start of your programme, you can start virtually from the comfort of your home.