International opportunities

When you come to Sheffield, you're joining a global community. We want all our students to have the opportunity to gain international experience either by studying abroad, working, travelling or experiencing different cultures right here in Sheffield.

Study abroad

The University offers two schemes giving you the opportunity to study in a renowned international university and have it count towards your Sheffield degree.  The two schemes are:

  • Study abroad - choose a partner university outside of the EU
  • Erasmus+ - choose a partner university from within Europe

Study abroad

Studying in another country can not only boost your confidence and enhance your academic and personal skills, but it also allows you to look at the area of politics and international relations from an international perspective. 

On all our courses you can apply to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our partner universities. Locations include:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand
  • USA
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

You choose how long to go for

There are a couple of options available to you but you can decide what is right for you.

  • You can spend your second year abroad and have your grades contribute towards your final degree, or
  • You can add a 'sandwich year' which means you'll spend your third year at a partner institution before returning and completing your final (fourth year) in Sheffield.  This will be recognised in your degree award title for example BA Politics with International Experience.

You don't have to decide if you want to extend to the four year degree when you apply, you can make your decision once you have started.

A welcome to oregon sign along a road in a wooded area

Studying abroad was the best decision of my life! Being able to meet new people, to travel to new places, and to experience an education system in a different country is an unforgettable experience and one that I am glad I took. It opens your horizons to a different way of looking at things, and opens up a vast array of opportunities both during the time abroad, and perhaps more importantly, after. 

Ian Goley

BA Politics and Philosophy Graduate. Studied at Oregon State University, USA

Find out more about studying abroad


Erasmus+

Erasmus is the European Commission's exchange programme that enables students in 33 European countries to study, work or teach for part of their degree in another country.

On all our courses you can apply to Eramus+ as part of your degree at one of our partner universities.  We have links with several universities in Europe, including:

  • Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Bilkent (Turkey)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Konstanz (Germany)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Sciences Po (Paris/Rheims)
  • Sciences Po (Toulouse)
  • Uppsala (Sweden)
  • Warsaw (Poland)

You choose how long to go for

There are a couple of options available to you but you can decide what is right for you.

  • You can go for either one academic semester or for the full academic year, or
  • You can add a 'sandwich year' which means you'll spend your third year at a partner institution before returning and completing your final (fourth year) in Sheffield.  This will be recognised in your degree award title for example BA Politics with International Experience.

You don't have to decide if you want to extend to the four year degree when you apply, you can make your decision once you have started.

For more information about the Erasmus scheme including Brexit FAQs, how to apply and deadlines please visit our University's dedicated Erasmus website.

Find out more about Erasmus+


GLOSS (Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences)

GLOSS (Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences) offer students within the Faculty of Social Sciences the unique chance to attend major summits taking place during the academic year.

This is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level, to attend press conferences and produce policy analysis that is read by an international audience, enhancing your research skills and employability.

Hear from our students in the video below about their incredible experience working as policy analysts at the G7 summit in Quebec in 2018. 

Find out more about GLOSS.


Summer schools

Summer schools are a great way to gain global experience, travel and make new friends. The Global Opportunities and Exchanges team can help you arrange to spend between one and eight weeks at one of our partner university summer schools, in Europe or further afield. 

Find out more about Summer Schools


Languages for all

There’s also the exciting opportunity to learn a new language, either as part of your degree or alongside it. Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to learn a new language or enhance existing language skills.

This includes a wide range of European languages, including Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Czech; as well as languages you may never have had a chance to study before, such as Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic.

Find out more about Languages for All