International opportunities

Find out more about opportunities such as Study Abroad, the GLOSS programme and International Summer Schools which allow you to go abroad for a short amount of time.

Study abroad

Study abroad

On all of 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

The great thing about our study abroad option is that you can either spend your second year abroad and have your grades contribute towards your final degree award or you can upgrade to a four year degree and spend your third year abroad. If you choose the latter, your year abroad will be recognised as part of your degree award title e.g. "BA Politics with International Experience".

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. 

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

See more about studying abroad.


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. 

See 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

Undergraduate Courses

The study of politics covers much more than you might think, and at Sheffield we have an enormously diverse range of topics and approaches on offer.

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