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Studying Abroad as Part of Your Degree

A degree in the Department of Sociological Studies will challenge you to address the biggest issues facing the world and see them from a new perspective. To boost your learning experience and broaden your horizons throughout your time at Sheffield, there are two schemes through which you can apply to study abroad. These are the University-wide Study Abroad scheme, which allows students to study in a range of countries outside Europe, and the Erasmus scheme, through which students may study at a European university outside the UK.

Both schemes allow you to experience another culture and offer a new way of looking at your subject. What’s more, you’ll make new friends and grow as a person. And it’s not like taking a year out – it won’t extend the length of your course. The work that you do and the grades you achieve count towards your degree.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad programme gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons globally. You have the chance to study at a university in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA as part of your undergraduate degree studies without extending the length of your course.

You will receive full academic recognition for the time you spend studying abroad and 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.


If you think you will be interested in the Study Abroad scheme, you should speak to the Department’s Study Abroad Adviser, Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, as soon as possible in semester one of your first year.

If you are on a three-year degree, you will apply in your first year and spend your second year abroad.

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Image of Hannah Breen at University at BuffaloMy year abroad at The University at Buffalo, New York

BA Social Policy & Sociology student Hannah Breen is spending her second year of study (2017-18) at The University at Buffalo, New York, as part of The University of Sheffield's Study Abroad program. In a special post for The University of Sheffield, Hannah tells us how she has settled into her first semester in America, and how the experience is already allowing her to become a much more confident person.

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Erasmus is a great opportunity to spend between three and 12 months in another European country, and have it count towards your degree.

  • If you’re a University of Sheffield undergraduate or postgraduate, you could choose to spend part of your course studying, working or teaching in Europe.
  • If you’re a student from a European country outside of the UK, you may be able to spend part of your degree at the University of Sheffield.

Students are not expected to know the native language of their European host country to join the Erasmus scheme, as all our link universities offer several courses in English.

The Department of Sociological Studies currently has links with the following institutions for student exchanges for 2017-2018:


All students in the Department who are interested in Erasmus should contact the Department’s Study Abroad Adviser, Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, as early as possible in their first year. There is no central application process for Erasmus: As the exchange period constitutes a part of your degree, your departmental Study Abroad Adviser will inform you of the choices on offer and will invite applications.

Find out more about the Erasmus programme

Picture of the Study Abroad and Erasmus FairGlobal Opportunities and Exchanges Fair

25th October 2018

If you are interested in either the Study Abroad or Erasmus programme, you are encouraged to attend this Fair, which usually takes place in semester one of each academic year. The Fair is open to both students who must spend a mandatory period abroad as part of their degree and also for students who are interested in doing so as an optional part of their degree.

At the Fair you will:

  • Be able to collect an information pack, application materials and guidelines
  • Meet students who are at Sheffield from our partner universities
  • Meet returning students who spent a year abroad
  • Pick up fact sheets and information about all of our partner universities
  • Chat to IEU staff

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Picture of Erasmus student Winona Shaw

What Our Students Say...

Current BA Social Policy & Sociology student Winona Shaw visited the University of Copenhagen as part of the Erasmus programme.

"As a Social Policy student, studying in Denmark has been invaluable to my academic progress. The wide range of courses offered and the high quality teaching really allowed me to pursue my sociological interests.

"As a city, Copenhagen could not be a more fantastic place to live. From design to nature, music festivals to world class restaurants, there is something for everyone. I always found Danes to be very welcoming and inclusive to me as an international student. I recommend Erasmus to everyone."

Picture of Study Abroad Student Denise Chandler

What Our Students Say...

BA Sociology graduate Denise Chandler visited Montana State University as part of the Study Abroad programme.

"It was an amazing opportunity to grow as a person and meet some amazing people from all over the world, and experience safely living and studying in a foreign culture. I loved every minute of it and would highly recommend doing it!

"Have an open mind with you at all times. You will meet people from all different walks of life and will learn so much about different cultures and experience. I now have so many friends all around the world, which makes travelling to new places all the more exciting."

Planning for time abroad: taking care of yourself

Spending a period abroad is the most fantastic opportunity and one that we warmly encourage as many students as possible to take up. Now that you have decided that you want to go abroad as part of your degree, we strongly advise you to plan for your wellbeing away from Sheffield. It is your responsibility to do this but staff at the University of Sheffield are here to work with you to ensure that your experience is as beneficial and positive as possible.

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