Studying abroad as part of your history degree

History is all about discovering and understanding the world at large. It’s important to learn about your local environment but also broaden your horizons. During your time studying History at Sheffield you’ll be able to get involved in the local community, learning about its past and helping future generations to discover history’s potential. But you might also want to look further afield and that’s why we offer our history students the chance to spend part of their time studying in Europe, North America, Asia or Australia.

As well as helping you to get a wider perspective on your studies, studying abroad gives you a great opportunity for personal development. You’ll experience another culture, make new friends and maybe even learn a new language. It's great for your learning and, when it comes to starting your career, it'll look great on your CV too.

Please note that the ability to study abroad is not guaranteed, it is subject to availability and academic progress.

If you’re interested in studying abroad, you’ll be able to apply after you arrive in Sheffield.

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Options for studying abroad

Three year degree

Students taking any degree that doesn't already include a year abroad have the opportunity to apply to spend their second year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

This can either be the full second year or one semester depending on where you would like to go. 

You’ll study topics equivalent to those you would be studying in Sheffield and your results will count towards your final degree classification. The support and advice you receive in Sheffield will still be available on your travels.

Four year degree

Students taking any degree that doesn't already include a year abroad can also apply add an additional year to the degree – making the degree four years and adding an international experience between the second and final years of study. 

You'll choose classes that broaden your knowledge and help prepare you for your final year of study when you return to Sheffield. Students must pass all modules taken while studying abroad but these do not count towards your final degree classification. You will also write a short 500 word summary of your experience so far at the end of semester one and a 1000 reflective essay at the end of the year. 

The support and advice you receive in Sheffield will still be available on your travels.

Study abroad

If you want to take your horizons to a truly global scale, then the University's Study Abroad scheme is for you.

Take part and you'll be able to spend a year studying at a University in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore or the United States of America.


We have a number of departmental links with excellent universities in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

This programme allows you to spend a year or one semester studying abroad. All of our partner universities have classes available in English but you can also take advantage of the opportunity to learn a new language or enhance your existing skills!

Find out more

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer is studying BA History with a Year Abroad and spent the 2017-18 academic year in Buffalo, New York. 

Why did you decide to study abroad?

"I've always been interested in U.S history so it made sense to study it from over there, also Latin American history/politics which doesn't get as much attention on this side of the world. I also wanted to try new subjects and the American university system allows for student to learn a wide range of things. Whilst there I got to take a couple of Gender Studies classes and an Anthropology one about South American tribes which was really interesting. Finally, I wanted to travel the States and the surrounding countries, studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to do all those things."

Read Jennifer's full study abroad profile

Study Abroad Buffalo

Daniel Hudson

Daniel is studying BA History with a Year Abroad and spent the 2017-18 academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Study Abroad North Carolina, USAWhat would you say to someone who was unsure about spending a period abroad?

"Studying abroad gives you the once in a lifetime opportunity to live in the place of your dreams, travel the world and make lifelong friends from across the globe. Not only that, you’re also bettering your degree and your employability by studying at another world class university in the process. What’s not to like?"

Read Daniel's full study abroad profile

Summer schools

Summer schools are a great alternative for students who don't want to spend a whole year abroad. 

The Global Opportunities & Exchanges team can help you spend between 1 and 8 weeks at one of our partner university summer schools in Europe or further afield.

Find out more All student profiles

Lottie Hammer

Lottie is studying BA History and spent six weeks of summer 2018 studying at Ashoka University in New Deli, India.

Lottie Hammer Ashoka Summer School"I had a wonderful time studying at Ashoka. Being in a completely different learning environment, and experiencing how the professors at different universities teach was incredible. I can honestly say that by studying abroad this summer, I gained the confidence and passion to travel the world, and if anyone is considering something similar, do it!"

Read Lottie's full summer school profile

Patrick Burke

Patrick is studying BA History and in summer 2018 he spent five weeks studying at Waseda University, Japan.

Summer School Japan"This was truly one of the best five weeks of my life. I loved experiencing a completely different culture to our own in a country which ranks as one of the most advanced in the world. Interacting with and making new friends with students from all across the globe made the experience extra enjoyable, and the Japanese locals that I met were all very welcoming and hospitable."

Read Patrick's full summer school profile

History with Languages

If you take one of our dual degrees with a language you will spend a year studying or working in a country appropriate to your chosen language.

Find out more about where you could be spending your year abroad if you study with History and a language:

Julia Domagala

Julia is in her final year studying BA German and History (now History & Modern Languages and Cultures) and spent her year abroad working as a language assistant.

Student image"My year abroad was a valuable and unforgettable experience which has definitely helped shape me as a person. I wasn't at a university, choosing instead to be a language assistant working for the British Council. Although it was difficult to settle in a new place at first I managed to find various activities to occupy my time, I joined a Tamden course, started private tutoring once a week and travelled all across Europe. I feel like all those activities have made me a more well-rounded and employable individual and would highly recommend others to take part in the programme."

Read Julia's full student profile



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