Entry requirements for Study Abroad at Sheffield

To be considered for the Study Abroad programme, you must be a registered undergraduate student at a university or college.

Academic requirements

We require you to have the equivalent of a UK 2:1 average. This is can be a B average, GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0, or 60/100, etc. You are not required to translate your grades into UK or University of Sheffield marks.

If you do not have the necessary grades, you won't be automatically rejected. Departments can use their discretion but there must be good reasons for your lower grades.

English Language Requirements

Departmental English language requirements are given in the fact sheet.

If English is not your first language you must be able show that your English language proficiency is at a level which allows you to successfully complete your chosen course of study.

Each of our academic departments at Sheffield have individual requirements. If you want to study in more than one department, you must meet the score for each department.

Minimum English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 in all components (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • TOEFL iBT: 88 with 18 in Reading, 17 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking
  • Pearson PTE: 56 with 51 in all components (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)

More information on accepted English language qualifications

Please note we do not accept internal or institutional English language tests.

Validity of English Language Certificates

The UKVI has set a 2 year time limit on the validity of language tests.

If your certificate is going to run out before you arrive in Sheffield, you will need to resit the test and send the new certificate to Sheffield before you arrive.

If you are applying using an English language qualification, such as a high school certificate, which is over 5 years old, please contact us at globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk.

International students at English speaking universities

If you were previously educated in a non-English speaking country and now study in an institution where the language of instruction and assessment is in English (for example Chinese national studying at an Australian university) then please request an additional reference from your university which confirms you are taught in English and your current level of English in addition to sending a copy of your latest English language qualification.

Please email globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk to check if you are unsure what you are required to submit proof of English language with your application.

Study in the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)

If you want to study in the ELTC to raise your level of English through a pre-sessional English programme during the summer or your first semester, you must hold an IELTS for UKVI certificate. No other English language certificate can be accepted for a pre-sessional English course due to UK visa regulations. You can see the list of approved IELTS for UKVI test centres here.

The ELTC also offers taught modules for credit, which if you meet the English language requirements already, you can choose when applying.


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