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International Undergraduate Students

The Department of Geography's reputation for both international research and quality teaching attracts students and staff from all over the world. The 2019 QS World University Rankings places Geography at Sheffield 43rd worldwide and 20th in Europe.

As an international student, we recognise you may have particular issues relating to living and studying in a different country. The University's International Office can advise on scholarships and bursaries, and organises a programme of overseas visits and exhibitions every year.

If you are considering studying at Sheffield, read more about our International community.

Entry requirements for our undergraduate courses

Generally, we require three subjects at GCE/VCE A Level or equivalent, usually including Geography. However, there are also country-specific details on entry requirements, and these are listed on our website.

English language minimum requirements

All students wishing to study at the University of Sheffield must show that their English language is at a level which allows them to successfully complete their chosen course of study.

Typical minimum requirements are IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): an average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

Further details can be found here.

Pathway Programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.

International Foundation Year

Further information

The University Prospective International Students pages should provide you with most of the information you need, but if you do have any specific enquiries about studying Geography as an undergraduate at Sheffield, please contact

Case study

Meanna Yeung - Geography BA

"I chose to study in England because of the country's rich academic background. England is an educational centre for many international students, the learning environment here is more globalized and there is a better integration between home students and international students than many other countries.

The cost of living in Sheffield is lower than many other cities in England. It is full of green spaces and close to the Peak District. Sheffield is a vibrant city to live in, but not as busy as cities like London. There are many shops, pubs and facilities specifically for students.

My favourite thing about the University is the Students' Union. They are really helpful for every aspect of your life from entertainment to helping you out with various documents you need for setting up a bank account or renting a house. The ‘give it a go’ scheme offers a wide range of extra activity for you to join in your leisure time. It is really helpful for an international student to join, discover a new interest and make new friends.

I really like that my course is made up of different learning and teaching methods. There are not only lectures, but also seminars and workshops to consolidate the knowledge I gain during lectures. I can talk freely to the professors during seminars and they are very helpful in solving any problems that I encounter during the courses.”