We run an extensive international exchange programme with over 75 world-class partner universities across the globe. The programme provides an excellent opportunity for Sheffield students to study abroad and students from our partner universities to study at the University of Sheffield.
Our programme is one of the biggest and best in the country; sending over 100 students abroad each year and welcoming the highest number of visiting exchange students; more than any other Law School in the country.
Benefits of studying abroad
Benefits of studying abroad include:
- insight into another legal system
- better employment prospects
- better degree performance
- increased cultural awareness
- personal development
- hone linguistic skills (for those on Law with French/Spanish/German Law)
- networking and making lifelong friends
Sheffield students studying abroad
All of our undergraduate students have the opportunity to study law abroad for a year as part of their course.
For some degrees, a year abroad is a compulsory part of the degree:
- LLB Law (European and International) – study law abroad in English, and you'll be given priority for destination choice from any one of our partner institutions.
- LLB Law with French Law, German Law, or Spanish Law – study in the relevant language at one of our partner universities in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany or Spain.
- LLB Law with Chinese Law - study in English at one of our partner universities in China.
If you enrol on LLB Law, LLB Law and Criminology or BA Criminology you can apply during your second year of studies to transfer to the LLB Law (with a year abroad), LLB Law and Criminology (with a year abroad) or BA Criminology (with a year abroad) and spend your third year abroad, returning to complete your degree at Sheffield in year 4.
You don't have to decide right now, and there are always plenty of destinations to go to. Once you begin your studies with us you'll be invited to attend our study abroad information sessions, usually held in November/December.
Incoming exchange students
Our established exchange programme allows overseas students studying at our partner institutions to come to the School of Law to study for a semester or a year.
To apply, you must be nominated to us by your Home Institution.
- LLB Law, LLB Law (European and International), LLB Law and Criminology
- Griffith University
- Brisbane Monash University, Melbourne
- University of Tasmania
- Australian National University (ANU) *
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- City University of Hong Kong *
- Shandong University
- Sun Yat-Sen University
- Beijing Normal University
- Tsinghua Law School
- The University of Fudan
- The University of Wuhan
- Jindal Global Law University
- National Law University Delhi
- West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
- Groningen University
- Radboud University, Nijmegen
- Tilburg University
- Utrecht University
- Vrije University, Amsterdam
- Nova Southeastern University, Florida
- Wisconsin-Madison University
- Central Washington University *
- The University of Buffalo
* Australian National University (ANU), City University Hong Kong, Central University Washington and University College Cork are currently only open to BA Criminology students. Remaining places will be opened to LLB Law and Criminology students.
- LLB Law with Chinese, French, German or Spanish Law
- Shandong University, Qingdao Campus*
- Sun Yat-Sen University*
- University of Tsinghua*
- Wuhan University*
- Beijing Normal University
- The University of Fudan
- Aix-Marseille Université
- Université de Lorraine
- Université Jean Moulin Lyon III*
- Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV
- Université Paris-Sud XI
- Université Paul Cézanne Aix Marseille III
- Universität Greifswald
- Universität Regensburg
- Freie Universität, Berlin
- Universität Trier
- Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
- Universität Hamburg
- Universidad de Granada
- Universidad de Oviedo
- Universidad de Salamanca
- Universidad de Sevilla
- Universidad de Valencia
- Universitat de Barcelona
- Universidad Autonoma Madrid
Please note our partnerships with the institutions listed above are reviewed annually and may be subject to change in future years.
Sheffield students on optional year abroad programmes (this excludes courses with a compulsory year abroad), may be required to show a 2:1 potential following their first year results for selected destinations. Students are notified which current destinations require a 2:1 minimum, during the first semester of year 2.
Sheffield Project on the Internationalisation of the Legal Profession
Launched in 2015, the Sheffield Project on the Internationalisation of the Legal Profession is a joint staff-student research project exploring the globalisation of the legal profession. Selected Sheffield students studying abroad in their 3rd year participate in a team research project, including a short placement in a law firm in the host country.
The project offers participating students the chance to develop knowledge on the legal profession through a comparative lens as well as gain research skills and practical experience.
The University and other external sources offer a range of funding opportunities for eligible students studying a year abroad.
Stephen Gale Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we are able to offer the Stephen Gale Scholarship, worth £5,000 each for Sheffield Law students studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Thanks to the generosity of Herbert Smith Freehills, scholarship recipients will also receive an internship with their Hong Kong office during their study abroad year. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit.
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