Study abroad

We run an extensive international exchange programme with over 70 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.

Three international students at food market

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 Erasmus/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
  • adaptability
  • 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:

If you enrol on LLB LawLLB 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.

Information for overseas students

Partner universities

LLB Law, LLB Law (European and International), LLB Law and Criminology








Czech Republic







Hong Kong









New Zealand








* 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








Université de Genève*

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.  


Erasmus funding is currently available for students who study at a partner university located within Europe. This grant contributes to the extra costs that you may encounter from studying abroad. For 2018/19 the grant can be up to €300 to €350 a month, depending on the country you visit. 

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.

Further information

If you have additional questions about the School of Law study abroad programme please contact or visit us at one of our undergraduate open days

Visit us

Want to find out more about studying Law or Criminology at the University of Sheffield? Come and see us at one of our upcoming open days on 7th September or 19th October.

Open days