What can I do?

Students in the school of English have a fantastic opportunity to study at a partner university through either the Study Abroad or the Erasmus+ programme.

Global Opportunities & Exchanges video shows just some of the amazing experiences previous Sheffield students had.

For full information about the programmes and the annual fair visit the Global Opportunities & Exchanges webpage.

Study abroad

Study Abroad gives you the chance to study for a full year, at one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA as part of your undergraduate degree studies. Students from the School of English can spend the second year of their degree programme abroad. To help you make your decision once a year the University organizes the Global Opportunities & Exchanges Fair where you can find out how to apply, meet students who have been on Study Abroad as well as students from the host universities, and to pick up materials.

If you are interested in this opportunity please visit the University's Study Abroad webpages for further information: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/studyabroad/sheffield/prospective

Important dates:

The application deadline for Study Abroad is 01 December, with application packs being released at the Global Opportunities & Exchanges Fair.

Student Profile

Leanne Burton

Leanne_Burton.jpgCourse: English Language and Linguistics
Exchange programme: University of Alberta, Canada

How did you find out about the programme/opportunity?
I found out about it in the prospectus before applying because I already knew I wanted to study abroad, so I only applied to universities where that would be a possibility.

Why did you decide to study abroad?
Living abroad for a period of time is something that I’ve always wanted to do.

What do you think are the benefits of studying abroad?
It makes you more independent and confident, and also makes you more open to new experiences and to different ways of doing things.

What did you enjoy most about your time abroad?
I had an amazing year overall, which was largely down to the people I met.

Top 3 highlights whilst abroad:

  1. Getting to travel around much of western Canada
  2. Seeing the Northern Lights
  3. Getting to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the final.

What do you hope to achieve as a Global Opps Ambassador?
I hope to inspire lots of other students to want to study abroad, to support those who do decide to apply, and to help make the whole process as easy and as smooth as possible.

What would you say to someone who was unsure about spending a period abroad?
Do it. I know quite a few people who regret not doing a year abroad, but not one person who regrets doing one. For me, it was the best thing I’ve ever done.

I wish I knew… How hard it was going to be to come home.

For more ambassador stories please visit the "Global Opportunities & Exchanges" page.

Sophie Cheng

SophieChengCourse: BA English and Philosophy
Exchange programme: National University of Singapore

What did you enjoy most about your time abroad?
I enjoyed the opportunity to live in a country that’s a lot different from the UK. Going abroad was an eye-opening experience which definitely broadened my horizons and allowed me to gain an understanding about different cultures that a text book could never teach me.
I also enjoyed how studying abroad allowed me to fulfil my lifelong desire to travel. Singapore is in a great location in South East Asia, and with an abundance of low cost airlines, I was able to tick a lot of things on my bucket list!

What do you think are the benefits of studying abroad?
There are a lot of benefits to take from an Erasmus: you learn a language, you meet a wide range of people
from all the over the world and you get to experience a different culture and lifestyle. The British culture is
very widespread but there are still a lot of countries that have not adopted it and France has managed to
keep as they say ‘France as French’. Finally, I would argue that experiencing another education system is
important; the different norms to which you must adapt and being taken out of your comfort zone is very
important because in a few years’ time as professionals we will be forced to adapt ourselves to different
surroundings. Studying abroad for me is a life lesson.

Why did you decide to study abroad?
I was attracted to the study abroad programme because I thought it was amazing that you could study for your degree while simultaneously being able to travel and see the world. Also, I was attracted to doing my study abroad year specifically in Asia because of the opportunities it offered in terms of my course. I was able to take a broad range of modules on my study abroad year and some things not offered at Sheffield, such as South Asian Literature, Indian Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy.

What do you hope to achieve as a Student Exchange Ambassador?
I want to promote the study abroad programme at Sheffield as much as I can because it is thus far, the most eventful and memorable year of my life. The experience I had abroad; the people I met; the things I saw; and the places I visited; will be with me forever and I would love for others to have the same experiences as me.

What would you say to someone who was unsure about spending a period abroad?
Studying abroad requires you to jump out of your comfort zone but seriously the new experiences you will have abroad will be invaluable!

I wish I’d known... that not everywhere in Asia is warm before I left to study abroad. (I only packed summer clothes so I had nothing warm when I travelled to countries that experience winter) ... before I left to study abroad.

For more ambassador stories please visit the "Global Opportunities & Exchanges" page.

Michael Powell-Davies

Course: BA English Literature
Exchange programme: University of New Mexico, USA

Michael Powell-Davies, BA English Literature, spent a year at the University of New Mexico, USA

Before starting my first year at university, I knew I wanted to study abroad during my degree and the Study Abroad Programme here really appealed to me. I chose to study in New Mexico for the whole of my second year and enjoyed experiencing a new academic environment with different cultural perspectives. Outside of studying, I was able to meet lots of new people and had the opportunity to travel with them during the weekends and holidays. One of the highlights of my Study Abroad year was going to the New Mexico desert where we visited all of the National Monuments and then slept under the stars. Travelling outside of New Mexico was also really easy and I took this opportunity to go on lots of city breaks to places including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

For more ambassador stories please visit the "Global Opportunities & Exchanges" page.


Erasmus+ offers a great opportunity to spend either one and two semesters in the second year of your degree program in another European country, and have it count towards your degree. You get to experience another culture and a new way of looking at your subject. The School of English has agreements with the following partner universities:

  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France
  • University of Cologne/Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Universitat Zurich, Switzerland

If you are interested in this opportunity please visit the University's Erasmus+ webpages for further information: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/erasmus

Important dates:

The deadline for submitting your Erasmus+ application for Autumn semester is mid-April, and for Spring semester mid-October.

Student Profile

Jade Chapman

Course: BA English Literature
Exchange programme: Stockholm University, Sweden

During my second year I chose to take part in the Erasmus+ programme and studied for 6 months in Sweden. By studying abroad, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture as well as gain confidence in speaking a new language. During my time studying at Stockholm University, I was able to explore fascinating areas of literature including women in law in 19th century novels, a topic which was quite different from some of the modules available at Sheffield University. One of the highlights of the Erasmus+ programme was being part of the Erasmus Student Network which gave me the opportunity to meet new people who were also studying abroad. I also had the chance to explore Sweden and its surrounding areas including a trip to Lapland. I took part in activities such as snowmobiling and dog-sledding and also had the opportunity to see the Northern Lights at night!

Global Opportunities & Exchanges