What our students say

Most of our students who study abroad regard it as the highlight of their university career.

Kerrie Greenall (BA Economics)

Study abroad programme – Monash University

"Studying abroad was without a doubt the best decision I made during my University experience. Melbourne is a vibrant city with quirky cafes and roof top bars yet still close to amazing beaches.

The Australian summer meant I had almost 4 months to travel between semesters. This meant I could travel around four countries, including a month in Fiji carrying out fieldwork with a microfinance company.

As you can imagine, the views were spectacular, from Bali’s Mount Batur to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. I had lots of opportunities to experience different activities, such as scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and skydiving in New Zealand.

Studying abroad is also an opportunity to meet new people from all around the World. With this comes the chance to experience different traditions, from celebrating Christmas in July with Australians to Thanksgiving with Americans.

I also developed skills that helped when securing my graduate job. For example, my ability to adapt to new environments and manage my time to get the most out of my experience yet still achieve a first-class grade.

I would definitely recommend studying abroad to anyone considering this amazing opportunity."

Photo of student Kerrie Greenhall at Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Caitlin Regan (BSc Economics)

Study abroad programme - University of Western Australia

"As I'm now in the middle of revising for my first class test in two weeks time, I look back at where I was last year - about to embark on a months trip around New Zealand, as the three month Australian summer holidays began.

By studying abroad I was able to travel the world, push myself out of my comfort zone, meet new people from all over the world and enhance my university experience to make myself stand out for future employment prospects. Not only did I visit four new continents whilst in Western Australia, I also met some lifelong friends from North-America and came home with a higher average (first) that I was hoping for.

Although I love Sheffield, there hasn't been a day gone by I haven't wished to be back in Perth, a seven minute bus ride from one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, with the sun shining and the fulfillment of living abroad. One thing I know for sure now having studied abroad is that I never want to stay in the same place for too long, and I will always push myself to exceed any expectations I set. "

Photo of student Caitlin Regan in Australia

 Gregory Beaumont (BA Economics)

Erasmus programme - Tilburg University

"The Erasmus program helped me reduce my final tuition fees drastically, whilst the Erasmus grant helped me to travel around Europe on weekends.

Tilburg University has been a unique experience to gain exposure to senior influential officials, having received lectures by members of The European Bank, World Health Organization and Department for International Development.

Studying in such a diverse environment and producing work which contributed to real life projects such as the World Health Organization’s fight against Ebola has been an enlightening experience and has helped me round my economic and policy making skills. I am certain this experience will help me graduate The University of Sheffield as a better economist!

Studying abroad has opened up and given me a competitive advantage in the graduate job market. I have had twice as many responses from top tier firms compared to my second year. I have also received feedback from recruiters saying how international experience is becoming a key criterion to stand out in the top international firms."

Photo of Erasmus student Gregory Beaumont