Partners English

Free part-time English language classes for the partners of degree level students at the University of Sheffield

Two female Partners English students, with one of them holding a child, stood in front of the University of Sheffield Students Union

Course Information

What are Partners English classes? 

'Partners English Classes' are free general English language classes offered to the international partners of fully-registered degree level University of Sheffield students. We consider a partner to be anyone married to, or in a relationship with a current degree level international student at the University. The classes are offered by the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC), at 78 Hoyle Street.

What levels of classes are there?

There are a number of different groups so students can be placed in a class according to their experience and/or level of English. The classes are friendly and relaxed, with an emphasis on improving spoken English, and are taught by qualified teachers.

Please note we cannot accept beginners.

How will I know which level to attend?

Before the course begins you will complete a short form where you will answer some questions in English. A teacher may conduct a short interview to check your English needs and spoken English. We use this information to place you into the most appropriate class. The classes are divided by level (for example pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate). 

When are the classes?

Classes are offered throughout the year from October 9 2023 in Semester 1 until June 2024 (Semester 2). Your registration will be valid from the date you register for the rest of the academic year.
Classes take place twice a week (Monday and Friday 9.30am - 11:00am). Each class is 90 minutes. Both classes are conducted face to face in classrooms at Hoyle Street. When you arrive for class the reception team will direct you to the specific classroom and there will be notices that will show you the way. You will also be sent an email after registering with the class joining instructions.

Registration Information

To apply for Partners English please complete the application form below:

Partners English 2023-24 Application Form

After completing the application form please send copies of the following documents to

  • Your passport photo page
  • Both sides of your British Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Your visa vignette (in your passport)
  • Both sides of your partner's British Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Your partner's blue UCard

Please remember to e-mail your documents - if you do not send your documents you will not be allowed to register for the course!

After you have completed the application form and submitted your documents via e-mail, we will check everything is complete and then email you with information about how to join your first class.

Please note: spaces are subject to availability - you may be placed on a waiting list.

What should I do if I have any other questions which aren't answered by this webpage?

Please contact us for further information.

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