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International students

We welcome students from across the world. We are a lively and friendly department, proud of our world-leading teaching and research. Sheffield offers a welcoming and safe environment for you to study and live in, and the guaranteed university accommodation in your first year will place you in high quality housing, close to the University.

For general advice, please contact our International Tutor, Dr Rhoda Hawkins:

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

In general, to get a place on any of our three-year BSc courses, you must have three A-levels at grades AAB including Physics and Maths, or equivalent. For our four-year MBiolSci courses, we ask for three A-levels at grades AAA including Physics and Maths, or equivalent. 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 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any one component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 88 or above, with at least 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking (internet-based test only)

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

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

Naveed ChoudhuryNaveed Choudhury, Bangladesh
BSc Physics

"From the moment I first started classes in Sheffield I knew that I would have no trouble fitting in. The initial scare of daunting lectures and coursework overload is quickly swept away by the welcoming atmosphere of the University and the helpful nature of all the teachers." Read more

Yiye ZhangYiye Zhang, China
BSc Mathematics and Physics

"You do not have to worry much about getting stuck with your academic work; the culture in this department is so friendly and supportive that there are always tutors around to offer help and advice. The city itself is just as accessible as the university." Read more

Yannis PetridesYannis Petrides, Cyprus
BSc Physics

"Being an international student, I was a bit shy at first. After spending some time in the department though, all my fears vanished. The warmth radiated by department’s friendly folks truly made me feel like home. Teachers were really amicable, always leaving their door open for students; whether it was about physics matters, or even for a friendly chat." Read more