Undergraduate students

There are four main ways that undergraduates at the University of Sheffield can study a language. This ranges from pure language degrees to studying a language module as an extra-curricular not-for-credit module alongside your degree studies. Find the best pathway for you from the four options below.

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Language degrees

The University of Sheffield offers a wide variety of language-based degrees across 18 languages. These degrees are taught by the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of East Asian Studies.

School of Languages and Cultures

The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) is a leading centre for modern languages research. The SLC's research spans identity, gender, linguistics, politics, migration and literary studies. The SLC offers full degrees across four sections: French, Hispanic Studies, Germanic Studies and Russian and Slavonic Studies.

The languages covered by the department are: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Luxembourgish and Portuguese.

Students can take single honours degrees in one language; joint honours degrees in two languages or in a language and another Arts and Humanities or Social Science subject; or study three languages via the BA Modern Languages degree. These degrees include a year abroad.

Please visit the SLC website for more information on the degree programmes available.

School of East Asian Studies

The School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) has over 50 years’ experience of researching contemporary East Asia and pioneering new methods for teaching East Asian Languages. SEAS offer language studies across three languages - Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Students can take single and dual honours degrees with SEAS. The four year language-based degrees offer a year abroad component at a partner university in East Asia.

Please visit the SEAS website for more information on the degree programmes available

Year Abroad

The Language Year Abroad offers you an unrivalled opportunity to improve your language skills; in particular, your spoken skills will improve dramatically. It will also give you valuable insights into the country and its people. When we ask our current and past students what they remember most about their degree studies, invariably they point to their year abroad.

These language degrees have a compulsory year abroad component. Visit the appropriate school page above to find out more information.

Students can also choose to do a year abroad if it is not already an optional component to their degree. Please visit the Global Opportunities page for more information on when you can spend your year abroad.


STEM with a language

Many employers seek people with language skills. Learning a language provides you with the skills to adapt to different business environments and to operate with greater cultural agility and insight.

STEM students can combine their science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree with one of four languages - French, German, Italian or Spanish. These degrees give students the opportunity to study abroad as part of their third year, giving them a diverse student experience but also giving them an advantage when beginning their careers.

The language component of STEM degrees with a language is provided by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Please visit the MLTC website for more information on our STEM Degrees with a Language.


Unrestricted credits

All degrees in Europe consist of 120 credits per year. At the University of Sheffield, undergraduate modules are 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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