Study Abroad, photo of Singapore

Study abroad and discover a world of new experiences

The Study Abroad Programme is an exchange programme between Sheffield and partner universities.

It gives undergraduate students the chance to study at a university in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada or the USA, without extending the length of your course.

You receive full academic recognition for the time you spend studying abroad. In addition you won't be asked to pay any tuition fees to your host institution - you will simply pay applicable tuition fees to Sheffield.

How to apply

Once you arrive at Sheffield and begin your first year of study you will need to speak with Dr Gwen Reilly, Department Study Abroad Adviser, who will discuss your choices and assist with submitting an application. 

  • Studying a BEng, 3 year degree? You will apply in your first year and spend your second year abroad.
  • Studying a MEng, 4 year degree? You should express interest during your first year, and liaise with the Department Study Abroad Adviser as to which year you will spend abroad. 

Why I chose to study abroad

Lauren and friends at Niagra Falls


Lauren and friends at the Obelisk in Washington DC


Lauren Browning, MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Where did you study?
Alfred University, New York

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I wanted to see more of the world, and to experience new cultures, so I thought that moving abroad would be the best way to do that. The best part about studying abroad is that you get to live in a different country whist still getting the support you need from your home country.

How did you find the transition from studying at Sheffield to Alfred University?
The biggest change, in my opinion, was workload. I had tests or homework most weeks although it makes it easier to get a good grade at Alfred, so it balances out.

Describe your first week? 
During my first week, I had to attend an 'International Orientation', which was actually a lot of fun. It was really interesting to meet people from so many different countries plus we also went to Niagara Falls at the end of the week. My favourite part of Orientation Week was a visit to the lake, just out of town; we went swimming, kayaking, and then built a bonfire when the sun set.

What advice would you give to students considering study abroad?
I'd advise people to think seriously about this, but also realise that it's not as scary as it may sound. Skype makes the world a much smaller place! Also, if you receive Student Finance, make sure that you talk to them about financial aid before deciding that travelling abroad would be too expensive. The University also has plenty of bursaries to apply for which can really help when you're trying to make the most of your time abroad.

How do you think this experience has helped you personally?
I think I've gained an appreciation of other people's cultures and how much our opinions and beliefs are shaped by the places that we grew up in. Studying abroad has also given me an insight in to the different ways that engineering is taught in other countries, which also affects the way engineers work within American companies.