How to Apply

Get departmental approval


Once you arrive on campus (during your first year) you should speak with the Study Abroad Advisor in your department to see if they support study abroad.

Each department has a Study Abroad Advisor.  You must discuss your choices and obtain the full support of your department before submitting an application.

Your department must consider you to be in good academic standing at the time of application and you must successfully complete your first (or second) year of study at Sheffield.

Which year will you go?

If you are on a 3 year degree, you will apply in your first year and spend your second year abroad.

If you are on a 4 year degree, you should express your interest during your first year, and your department will let you know which year you will spend abroad.

Don't miss out!

The application process is a set cycle and is not flexible.  Please ensure you look into the possibility of study abroad as soon as you arrive on campus.

 Application Process

Research 

Global Opportunities & Exchanges Fairfair

Once you are sure you are eligible to participate in Study Abroad you should attend the Global Opportunities & Exchanges Fair in November to find out how to apply, meet students who have been on Study Abroad, meet students from host universities and to pick up materials.

This is a really valuable event which you should attend if you are interested in applying. This will be the only event where this information is available in one place at one time.

Overseas university choices

You must select 6 universities that you wish to study at and which offer the courses you require.

Research of course availability

It is essential that you obtain the list of courses you are trying to match up and you carefully check that the host university offers suitable options. You cannot study at a host university if they do not have the courses you need.

Please ensure you read the university profiles and fact sheets for information on restrictions.

On-line application

You must apply for a place on Study Abroad via the on line application form.  Please visit the link on the right hand side to take you to further information about applying and the form itself.  Please note once the deadline has passed, the form will be removed. 

Personal Statement

A personal statement is part of the application form and it is down to you what you write, there are no rules of what to write.  This must be no more than 600 words.

Some ideas of what to include are below:

  • Your reasons for applying
  • Why you have chosen the universities you have
  • Brief details about the modules you have researched
  • Why you think you are a good candidate
  • How the year abroad may develop you/your future career
  • How you think the year abroad may help develop your degree
  • Why you think you would be a good ambassador for the University of Sheffield

The personal statement is the key document in your application.  This is the document which will play a big part in the decision regarding your application. The second is your tutor reference.

Deadline for applying

The deadline for submitting your on line Study Abroad application is 5pm on 1 December. You should print a copy of your application and give this to your Study Abroad Adviser as soon as possible after you have submitted on line. Your Study Abroad Adviser then has 2 weeks to write all references for his/her students.