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Information for international applicants

This page provides information on fees, enrolment, visas, arrival in the UK, accommodation, employability, and Covid-19 related guidance for September 2023. We will update this page regularly.

On this page:  Fees and enrolmentArrival in the UK and accommodationCareers and employability


Applications for September 2023 or January 2024 entry  

Key dates for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students starting their course in September 2023

  • Deposit deadline  28 August 2023
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) deadline  31 August 2023
  • International students' Meet & Greet desk open – 1 to 29 September 2023
  • Airport pick-up from Manchester airport – 2 to 12 September 2023
  • Face to face document verification event for international students  4 to 26 September 2023  
  • Last date for international students to arrive on campus ready for International Orientation  12 September 2023

Key dates for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students starting their course in January 2024

  • Application deadline 29 September 2023
  • Conditional offer deadline 13 October 2023
  • Unconditional offer deadline 27 October 2023
  • Deposit deadline – 3 November 2023
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) deadline – 17 November 2023

Applications for September 2024 postgraduate courses will be open to all international applicants from 29 January 2024.

Arrival in the UK and accommodation

Changes to Student visa requirements for students applying for courses starting from January 2024

From January 2024, the UK government's changes to Student visa requirements mean that international students in the UK will no longer be able to bring dependants on their student visa, unless they are studying a postgraduate research programme. See our Student visa requirements information page

Covid-19 restrictions for students travelling from China

From 5 January 2023, if you are travelling from mainland China on a direct flight to England, you will be asked to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Airlines will be required to check that passengers from mainland China have a negative test before departure. Please check the UK government’s foreign travel advice page for the latest information on actions you’ll need to take.

Support for travelling to the UK

Our International Experience Team provide extensive support for international students, in the lead up to and during the arrival and orientation period, and throughout your studies with us. They provide key pre-arrival information which can help you prepare before you arrive in the UK.

Airport pick up service

The airport pick up service is available only at Manchester airport. If you are arriving at a different airport, please follow the guidance published on our website. It is very important that you tell us when you will arrive in the UK – find out more about our arrivals service.

Arriving with family members

We welcome international students with families. However, please note that we do not offer family accommodation or support with childcare costs. You must read the guidance for international students with families before accepting an offer to study at Sheffield Hallam University.

If you are thinking of bringing your family/dependants with you whilst you study in the UK you should travel independently at first to allow you to source accommodation prior to your family's arrival.

We recommend arriving early to be able to secure something that is appropriate for your family.

If you do travel with your family/dependants you may find your initial accommodation options limited to hotel rooms.

A house-hunting grant is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria. See our students with families information for further details.

Accommodation for students without dependants

If you are studying with us and you are not bringing your family or dependants with you, we guarantee to find you somewhere to live and our partner halls offer a wide range of properties and budget types close to the university campuses.

We continue to work closely with partner accommodation providers to ensure they meet Government Covid-safe guidance - your safety and comfort are our key priorities.

Find out more information on accommodation for international students or search and apply for accommodation online now. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get your first choice of property.

Covid-19 vaccinations

All international students are now eligible to receive their first and/or second vaccine doses in the UK. You can find more information about accessing a Covid-19 vaccine whilst in UK in the guidance published by NHS England.


Fees and Enrolment

Checking your fee status

If your fee status is unclear when you apply, our international admissions team will send you a fee status questionnaire. We use UKCISA guidelines to determine student fee status. Find out more.

Paying your tuition fees

You must pay half of your payable tuition fee before you are able to enrol. Your payment must reach the university before 16 January so you don’t miss the deadline for enrolment. If you are paying close to the deadline, please pay online rather than using the bank transfer method.

We have extended our fees policy and guidance to include refunds for international students who have started their course but are subsequently unable to get a visa. 

Vice Chancellors Award for applicants domiciled in South Asia, South East Asia and Nigeria

We are offering a Vice Chancellor’s Award (a £2,000-£3,000 automatic tuition fee bursary) to applicants domiciled in South Asia, South East Asia and Nigeria, for full-time taught, undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses starting in September 2023 and January 2024. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit our country pages for more information on eligibility for the Vice Chancellors Award.

You can browse all our courses on our online prospectus.


You will be asked to enrol in the weeks leading up to starting your course. Once you have enrolled fully, you will have full access to all university facilities and resources.

Visit our Enrolment guidance for international students page for step-by-step guidance on the enrolment process.

Changing courses

We are committed to being as flexible as possible for students to make the right choice for them. We will support applicants to change the courses to a suitable alternative in the run up to their start date, or as part of the deferral process. You can check course entry requirements and eligibility on our course pages.

Providing proof of English Language requirement

English language test centre availability may vary depending on local restrictions. We recommend checking qualification providers’ websites for the latest advice.

We are currently accepting a range of alternative tests should you be unable to take an IELTS test. If you need to study a pre-sessional English language course before starting your degree, we offer a range of online pre-sessional English courses.

Careers and employability

Employability support

The Careers and Employability Service provides specialist resources, advice and events for all students to help with career planning, finding a placement or part-time work, and making the most of your time while studying at Sheffield Hallam. This includes working in partnership with the International Experience Team to deliver a range of ‘Working in the UK’ information and Q&A sessions during the orientation programme you'll attend before you start your course.

We also offer the Hallam Achieve programme, specifically for international students, that is designed to enhance your career readiness and employability success by helping you to identify and articulate your skills, knowledge and experience in an appropriate and professional way. Through a series of interactive workshops, events and a mock interview, you will take ownership of your personal career journey, improve your confidence in navigating the recruitment process and shape your future success.

Graduate Immigration Route

The UK's Home Office launched a new Graduate Immigration Route for international students completing degree courses in the UK in summer 2021 – sometimes referred to as the 'post-study work visa'.

Graduates are eligible if they have

  • Studied their course in the UK on a Student route or Tier 4 student visa
  • Successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course
  • Graduated in summer 2021 or later
  • Met the 'study in the UK requirement'

You can only make your application from within the UK and Sheffield Hallam must confirm your eligibility for this route before you make an application.

Please note: this applies to eligibility for the Graduate Route only. You must still be in the UK by any deadline specified by your course in order to meet the enrolment conditions.

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