Entry requirements for students from Colombia

We have been welcoming students from Colombia for many years and our staff are very familiar with the Colombia education system and qualifications.

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High entrance requirements for our degree programmes at Sheffield reflect the quality of the University.

All applicants are required to have an internationally recognised English language qualification such as IELTS.

English language entry requirements - find out more

The following information is for guidance only.


Undergraduate Programmes e.g. BSc, BA, BEng/ MEng

Students completing the local Colombian High School system will need to undertake an approved foundation programme (such as those offered by our University of Sheffield International College) before entry onto an undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

Undergraduate pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides International Foundation Year programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to an undergraduate degree. Students can choose to study an International Foundation Year in the following subjects:

International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

International Foundation Year in Dentistry


The University of Sheffield accepts a number of different qualifications from Colombia. Some of the most common are listed below. If your qualification is not listed here, please contact us.

For entry to Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

You will usually need a 4-5 year bachelors degree (Licenciado, Titulo, Profesional, Maestro, or Diploma) from a recognised university in a relevant subject for entry. Most postgraduate courses require a UK 2:1 or equivalent for entry, but some courses may consider 2:2 grades. Please see our course finder for specific course requirements. 

The score required will depend on the university you have attended and the course you have applied to study.

UK degree classification

International equivalent Colombia

First class Honours

4.2/5.0

2:1 (Upper Second Class Honours)

3.8/5.0

2:2 (Lower Second Class Honours)

3.6/5.0

Postgraduate degree pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides Pre-Masters programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to a postgraduate degree. Students can choose to study a Pre-Masters in the following subjects:

For Entry to Postgraduate Research Programmes e.g. MPhil, PhD, PhD with Integrated Masters

With around 2,000 postgraduate research students from over 100 different countries, Sheffield is one of the leading centres for research training in the UK.

Search for a research area

You will usually need a bachelors degree AND a masters degree from a recognised university in a relevant subject for entry. Some courses may consider a bachelors degree on its own if it is combined with relevant research experience. Please see our departmental web pages for specific course requirements. 

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