Undergraduate students

If you aren't studying a language degree but would still like to experience learning a language at University, you can do so through Languages for All. You can either study a language as part of your degree (through unrestricted modules) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules).

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Unrestricted credits

All degrees in Europe consist of 120 credits per year. At the University of Sheffield, undergraduate modules are typically worth credits in multiples of 10 (i.e. 10 credits, 20 credits per module). A student must have 120 credits worth of modules on their record each year.

Some degrees, such as Medicine, assign all 120 credits to core modules creating a rigid degree structure for all students on that programme. However, many of our degree programmes incorporate unrestricted credits to enable students to diversify their learning experience by choosing modules outside of their home department.

The following departments offer languages as unrestricted modules at various levels:

You can make your selections for your unrestricted credits via Online Module Choice if you are a continuing student, or at the Octagon event in September if you are a new student.

Please visit the homepage of each department for more information on the available modules.


Not-for-credit modules

The University of Sheffield offers language study as an extra-curricular activity in addition to studies within degree programmes.

Not-for-credit modules will not:

  • Be included in the 120 credits that form your degree.
  • Count towards your overall mark for the year.
  • Affect your ability to progress to the next year of your degree/graduate.

There are two ways in which students can enrol on not-for-credit modules through the Languages for All programme:

As a Languages for All fee-waiver student

Your main degree programme cannot include any unrestricted credits (please check with your home department)

There is no fee, but minimum attendance and coursework criteria apply.

University of Sheffield students who receive a fee waiver under the Languages for All scheme must:

  • Attend a minimum of 70% of classes and labs
  • Complete all formative assessment (i.e., two pieces of essential homework and an independent study record)

To check if you are eligible for a fee waiver, please view the Languages for All Fee Waiver Eligibility Criteria and our Eligibility Flowchart

Cancellation policy A applies to this option.

As a self-funded student

Students that do not fit the eligibility criteria for the LfA fee-waiver can enrol as self funded students.

A fee applies for LfA self-funded students. Courses cost £240 for 1 semester and £420 for 2 semesters, except for Italian accelerated modules which are £420 for 1 semester and £840 for 2 semesters.

Cancellation policy B applies to this option.

A cancellation policy applies to not-for-credit modules as sometimes modules are over-subscribed:

Cancellation policy A

Applies to students taking language modules for credits or with a fee waiver.

Deadlines:

  • Semester one (Autumn): 5pm, Friday 12th October 2018
  • Semester two (Spring): 5pm, Friday 22nd February 2019

It is not possible to drop the module after these deadlines, unless:

  • Extenuating circumstances apply, which can be evidenced AND
  • No more than three teaching weeks were attended

A student who enrols for both Autumn and Spring semesters, completes the Autumn semester, and then decides not to continue in Spring may cancel their Spring module up until the Spring deadline.

A student who wishes to cancel both semesters may cancel their place in Autumn (i.e., there is no need to complete a second cancellation request in Spring).

Cancellation policy B

Applies to students paying a course fee.

Deadlines:

  • Semester one (Autumn): 5pm, Friday 12th October 2018
  • Semester two (Spring): 5pm, Friday 22nd February 2019

Cancellations made before these deadlines will result in a refund of the course fee, minus an administrative charge of £50.00.

Refunds will not be issued after these deadlines, unless:

  • Extenuating circumstances apply, which can be evidenced AND
  • No more than three teaching weeks were attended

A student who enrols for both Autumn and Spring semesters, completes the Autumn semester, and then decides not to continue in Spring may cancel their Spring module up until the Spring deadline. In these cases, the refund will be equal to the two-semester fee minus the one-semester fee, minus an administrative charge of £50.00.

Spring semester cancellations submitted before 5pm, Friday 25th January 2019 will result in a waiver of the £50.00 administrative fee. In these cases, the refund will be equal to the two-semester fee minus the one-semester fee.

Not-for-credit modules are provided by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre, the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of East Asian Studies. Select the relevant department below to find more information.

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