International students

International students

Important information for applicants from the EU The government announced on 11 October 2016 that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course. The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period. ...under EU law, EU students are also eligible for home fee status - which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other, non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.
The full announcement is available here:

Our courses are popular with students from all over the world and each year we admit about 30 of the best international students to our undergraduate courses. We currently have 94 international undergraduates from 39 countries including Brunei, China and Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and many European countries.

As a department, we have worldwide recognition for our excellent teaching and research. We came in the top 5 in the last UK-wide Research Excellence Framework, were rated 24/24 in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment and we are regularly rated first or second in the National Student Survey. In particular, our students say that they find our staff to be extremely helpful and supportive. We are 4th in the UK Times Good University Guide for biological sciences (after Cambridge, Oxford and York). The University is ranked 80 in the QS World University rankings and in the top 100 for biological science, and is in the top 100 international universities in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Visit the University of Sheffield's International Students pages to find out about visa requirements, funding opportunities and other information specific to your country.


You can apply to do one of our degrees through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit the How to apply page to find out how it all works. Alternatively, you can contact us with any questions.

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Entry requirements

To get a place on any of our courses, you must have three A-levels, including two sciences at grades AAA-AAB, or equivalent. Our Biochemistry courses require you to have Chemistry as one of your A-levels. We do accept qualification from other countries – click the links below.

Entry requirements for our courses

International Students pages: 

English language requirements

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Average of 7.0 or above with at least 6 in each component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Acceptable internet-based test (iBT) scores are detailed here - English Test Comparisons

USEPT (University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test, graded as and equivalent to IELTS): 6.5 to 7.0 with at least 6 in written component

International Students pages:

Fees and funding

Fees for international students can be found on the University's webpages for international students: Fees and scholarships for international students

Find out about scholarships and fees using our student funding calculator

About Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the safest, cheapest and greenest cities in the UK. The city centre has many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Cultural attractions include one of the UK's largest regional theatre complexes (Sheffield Theatres), the biggest independent cinema outside London (Showroom Cinema) and a major city centre music festival (Tramlines).

Sports fans can see rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams competing nationally, two major football teams (Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United) and the annual World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.

The picturesque Peak District is only a few minutes from the city centre and includes one of the most popular national parks in the world.

More about student life in Sheffield

About the University

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's top universities, known for its inspiring teaching and ground-breaking research. Our Students' Union is regularly voted the best in the country for its vast range of sports clubs, societies and evening entertainment. Plus, we have accommodation that is safe, affordable and managed by friendly staff.

Settling in – what happens when you arrive?

There is lots of support available to international students when they come to Sheffield. You can be picked up from Manchester airport when you arrive and take part in a range of activities in your first week to help you get to know the city, the university and other students.

For all the time you are studying, you will have a personal tutor in the department who you can go to with any problems. The university also has a Student Services Information Desk to help with any academic, financial, personal or social issues, with specially trained immigration advisers.

The Students' Union has its own Student Advice Centre and the university also provides health and wellbeing support through the University Health Service and the University Counselling Service.

More about settling in at Sheffield

What our students think

Milena von und zur MuehlenMilena von und zur Mühlen, France
MBiolSci Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology

"There is a lot of lab work which is good – it allows us to get a good insight into research work already and acquire lab skills. The possibility of doing the Masters year in industry was a big factor, because you don’t lose a year of your course to do it." Read more

Simeon MihaylovSimeon Mihaylov, Bulgaria
BSc Molecular Biology

"Sheffield is the greenest city in the UK plus the people here are really kind to foreign students... I do not regret in any way that I chose this university – everything is precisely organised, even the smallest detail and being a student at this department makes me feel proud because I have the pleasure to be taught by top scientists." Read more

Jocelyn PintoJocelyn Pinto, Malaysia
BSc Biochemistry

"What impresses me is that the MBB department is constantly finding ways to better itself in every aspect. That is why we have Student-staff committee meetings where student representatives like myself are able to express our opinions." Read more

You can read more details from some of our international students by following the links to Asma Abdalgalel (Libya),  Salar Ali (Iraq), Ana Dordea (France), Koorosh Korfi (Iran), Manali Naik (India), Sofia Sedas Perez (Mexico) and Jocelyn Pinto (Malaysia).