Application process

Information on how to apply for a semester or year at Sheffield via our partner universities or through direct enrolment.

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The application process varies slightly depending on whether you are currently enrolled at one of our partner universities, and the location of the partner university. 


Partner universities in Europe (Erasmus+ scheme)

    In order for you to be able to apply, your home university must have an active Erasmus+ exchange agreement with the corresponding academic department in Sheffield

    How to apply

    Once your home university has nominated you for a place we will send you the link to the online application form, with instructions on how to complete it. Make sure that you fully complete the application before submitting it.

    What supporting documents will I need to provide?

    All students need to provide a copy of their latest academic transcript, translated in to English. This must be uploaded digitally in the online application. The transcript assists the host department when approving your provisional module choices, and suggesting alternative modules. Your application will not be sent to the host department unless a transcript is provided.

    Students who will be studying in the School of Architecture will also need to provide a digital portfolio (max file size 20MB) providing a sample of your work to date.

    Until the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020, if you are of EU/EEA nationality, you are not required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, although it may be helpful to your application if you do.
    After this date, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

    If you are of a non-EU/EEA nationality you will need to meet the English language requirements of your department and provide details of your English language qualifications.  

    Application deadlines

    The application deadlines for 2020-21 are:

    • Autumn entry: 26 June 2020
    • Spring entry: 30 October 2020

    Your home university may have an earlier on campus application deadline, so check with your International/Exchange Office.


    Partner universities in the rest of the world

    In order for you to be able to apply, your home university must have an active exchange agreement with the University of Sheffield. 

    How to apply

    Once your home university has nominated you for a place we will send you the link to the online application form, with instructions on how to complete it. Make sure that you fully complete the application before submitting it.

    What supporting documents will I need to provide?

    All students need to provide a copy of their latest official academic transcript, with a translation into English if the original is not in English. This can be uploaded digitally in the online application. The transcript assists the host department when approving your provisional module choices, and suggesting alternative modules. Your module selection will not be reviewed by the department(s) until your transcript has been provided.

    Application statement outlining the reasons why you wish to study at the University of Sheffield (max 1000 words).

    One academic reference (must be from someone who teaches you or has recently taught you an academic subject at your home university)

    Students who will be studying in the School of Architecture will also need to provide a digital portfolio (max file size 20MB) providing a sample of your work to date.

    Currently, if you are of EU/EEA nationality, you are not required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, although it may be helpful to your application if you do. 

    If you are of a non-EU/EEA nationality and not from an English-speaking country you will need to meet the English language requirements of your department and provide details of your English language qualifications. 

    Application deadlines

    The application deadlines for 2020-21 are:

    Architecture students

    • Autumn entry (full year and autumn semester): 1 April 2020
    • Spring entry (spring semester and reverse full year): 1 September 2020

    Other subjects

    • Autumn entry (full year and autumn semester): 1 May 2020
    • Spring entry (spring semester and reverse full year): 1 October 2020

    Please be aware that your home university may have an earlier on campus application deadline, check with your International/Exchange Office.


    Visiting students (non partners in Europe)

    If you are enrolled at a university in Europe that is not one of our current partner universities, you will need to apply as a visiting student.


    Direct enrolment (non-partners in the rest of the world)

    If your home university does not have an active exchange agreement with the University of Sheffield you can apply for direct enrolment.

    How to apply

    You should email Global Opportunities & Exchanges (globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk) with the following details and a request for the link to the online application:

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Name of home university
    • Degree title (subject)
    • Which semester(s) you wish to apply for
    • Which departments you wish to study in
    • Details of your English language qualifications if you are not a EU/EEA national or if English is not your first language
    • Details of who will be paying your tuition fees

    What supporting documents will I need to provide?

    All students need to provide a copy of their latest academic transcript, with a translation into English if the original is not in English. This can be uploaded digitally in the online application. The transcript assists the host department when approving your provisional module choices, and suggesting alternative modules. Your module selection will not be reviewed by the department(s) until your transcript has been provided.

    Application statement outlining the reasons why you wish to study at the University of Sheffield (max 1000 words).

    One academic reference (must be from someone who teaches you or has recently taught you an academic subject at your home university)

    Students who will be studying in the School of Architecture will also need to provide a digital portfolio (max file size 20MB) providing a sample of your work to date.

    Currently, if you are of EU/EEA nationality, you are not required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, although it may be helpful to your application if you do. 

    If you are of a non-EU/EEA nationality and not from an English-speaking country you will need to meet the English language requirements of your department and provide details of your English language qualifications. 

    Application deadlines

    The application deadlines for 2020-21 are:

    Architecture students

    • Autumn entry (full year and autumn semester): 1 April 2020
    • Spring entry (spring semester and reverse full year): 1 September 2020

    Other subjects

    • Autumn entry (full year and autumn semester): 1 May 2020
    • Spring entry (spring semester and reverse full year): 1 October 2020

    After you apply

    Application Process

    • We will review your application and check that you meet our basic entry requirements. If anything is missing, we will contact you and request it. You may be considered for a conditional offer.
    • Your application form and supporting documents will be used by the academic departments whose modules you have selected to decide whether or not to approve your choices. If any of your modules are not approved, we will contact you by email to discuss alternatives.
    • Once you have approval decisions on your modules, we will then send your offer by email.

    Your Offer

    You offer email will include the following:

    • Offer email
    • Module decisions
    • A link to accept your offer online
    • Information for applicants

    Accepting your place

    Once you receive your offer, you should read through the documents and use the link in the offer to accept your place. You can then apply for accommodation in University of Sheffield halls of residence and, where required, we will liaise with colleagues to issue your visa document.

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