Sheffield students studying abroad

All economics students can make their experience more international through Study abroad and Erasmus – or by opting in your second year for a degree with International experience.

  • Dual degree students must also obtain approval from the partner department.
  • Economics students taking a dual degree with a language automatically spend their third year abroad.

Each academic year the Department of Economics organises two events to provide you with useful information about the application process.

  • The Study Abroad event takes place in November each year
  • The Erasmus event takes place in February each year

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad programme gives undergraduate students the chance to spend their second year abroad at a University in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA -without extending the length of their course.

Hong Kong


New Zealand

How to apply to Study Abroad

First year students interested in the Study Abroad programme, can submit the online application that is provided in the University website by 1 December each academic year.

Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time they apply and successfully complete their current year's studies at Sheffield before going away (>55%). 

Apply for Study Abroad


The Erasmus programme allows students to spend part of their studies in another European country. As an Erasmus student you can spend either the whole of your second year or the first semester of your final year at one of our partner Universities in Europe - without extending the length of studies. The Department of Economics currently has exchange links with:

How to apply to Erasmus

First year students who wish to spend the second year abroad, or second year students who wish to spend the first semester of their final year abroad, are nominated after an internal process that takes place within the Department of Economics around the start of March.

Students will need to complete the Erasmus application form available to download on this page, and write a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) describing why they would like to go abroad and what makes them a good candidate. Both should be submitted to the Student Support & Enquiry Office.

First year Sheffield students can apply for the available positions in the Carlos III University of Madrid and Charles University of Prague, to spend the second year abroad.

Second year Sheffield students can apply for all available positions to spend the first semester of their final year abroad. Please note however that for the Carlos III University, Charles University, and the University of Valencia priority will be given to first year students

Once students have been nominated to participate in the Erasmus scheme, they have to register for their place (usually online) at the host university.

Grades obtained under the standard exchange programmes are converted to Sheffield marks and will still be weighted with final year marks to determine the degree class.

Download the Erasmus application form (PDF 105KB)

Degrees with international experience

The Department of Economics now offers the opportunity to switch to a 4-year degree programme to study abroad, study and work abroad, or work abroad for one academic year between second year and third year on the following degrees.

  • BA Economics
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Economics with Finance
  • BA Economics and Politics
  • BA Economics and Philosophy
  • BSc Economics and Mathematics 

The new degrees are modelled as the Degrees with Employment Experience, where students apply in second year if they wish to participate in the programme in the third year. The deadline for applications is the same as for the standard exchange programmes offered by the Department (see above). The study option of the new degree programme allows students to choose destinations among the current international links of the Department (see also above).

Students can also choose to study and work during the year abroad in Europe, by finding their own work placements in the country of the host University. Students will be expected to find these placements drawing on the advice of the Careers Service, all of which have to be approved by the Department.

Advice will be provided on the appropriate split between study and placement, though it should be no less than a 80%-20% split (either way). Finally, students can choose the work abroad option spending a minimum of 38 weeks and a maximum of 12 months in employment on a work placement in another European country.

Students who participate will have their degree programme title amended according to the international option they choose. For instance, BSc Economics students who choose the study and work option will have their degree title amended from BSc Economics to BSc Economics with International Experience (Study and Employment).

In contrast to the standard exchange programmes, all international dimensions of this programme will be assessed on a pass-fail basis without any weight for the final degree class.

Workload and core modules

Students studying a full academic year abroad -both standard and International experience programmes- must follow courses equivalent to 120 Sheffield credits or 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Students who are studying abroad for one semester must follow courses equivalent to 60 Sheffield credits or 30 ECTS. It should be noted that these workloads do not concern the study and work or work abroad options of Degrees with International Experience. In the latter case no studying is required, whereas in the former case the workload will be determined on a case by case basis.

Moreover, under the standard exchange programmes, the Department of Economics requires students to take equivalent modules to their compulsory ones, depending on which degree they are registered for. For instance, BA Economics students who spend the second year abroad should take modules equivalent to:

There are no core modules for the study and study and work options of Degrees with International Experience. However, all modules need to be agreed with the Erasmus and SA coordinator of the Department.

Language requirements

You don’t have to speak a foreign language as our partners teach in English.

Tuition fees

For UK/EU students the reduced tuition fee is £1,350 for a year spent abroad, and £5,175 for one semester abroad and one semester in Sheffield.

The policy for overseas fee payers is reviewed on an annual basis. Please contact the Student Fees Team for the most up-to-date information.

You will not be charged tuition fees by the partner university. However, please note that some universities charge a small fee for the use of university services such as the Students' Union.

Financial support

For students taking part in the Study Abroad programme, there are some external scholarships and awards available.

External scholarships and awards

Erasmus students normally get an Erasmus grant to help with the additional costs of living overseas.

Receiving the Erasmus grant does not affect your eligibility to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England. In addition to the Erasmus Grant, students may be able to claim a retrospective travel grant from Student Finance England following their period abroad. The travel grant is income-assessed and can cover reasonable costs as decided by Student Finance England. It can sometimes also cover medical costs.

Erasmus grant