Support for refugee students and scholars

We are committed to supporting students and staff who are fleeing war and persecution. We have a range of scholarships, schemes and support available and we welcome refugees to join our Sheffield community.

Sheffield Peace Gardens

Sanctuary scholarships

The University offers ten Sanctuary Scholarships for students who are experiencing forced migration due to war or persecution. If you would like to apply to study at the University of Sheffield and find out more about our sanctuary scholarships, please email or call us on +44 114 222 8030

ELTC Scholarships

Our English Language Training Centre (ELTC) offers four scholarship places for students and other people who have sought refuge in the UK and want to improve their English language skills.

Scholarships for refugees wishing to improve their English

The Discover Course

The University’s Department of Lifelong Learning offers the Discover Course for adults over 21 who haven’t been to university but are interested in accessing higher education in the UK. We encourage refugees and asylum seekers who are interested in learning more about attending university to apply for the course. 

Support for current students

The University offers a range of wellbeing, financial and practical support for students who have been affected by war and persecution in their home country. If you are a current student please visit our Student Services Information Desk (students only link) to access support. 

Support for current staff

The University has a number of resources available for current staff  who are affected by the war in Ukraine or have been forced to migrate to the UK for other reasons. To find out more visit our Health and Wellbeing website (staff only link)

Our response to the war in Ukraine

Find out how we've pledged over £1 million to support students, scholars and other staff who are seeking sanctuary in the UK or affected by war in their home countries.

Ukraine invasion: advice and support

If you have come to the UK from Ukraine and you want to transfer to the University of Sheffield or apply for an undergraduate course please contact

For general enquiries about our work to support refugees and asylum seekers, please contact

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