Year of Entry 2024/25
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International Foundation Programme


Full-time Engineering

The International Foundation Programme in Engineering is for international students. It is designed to help you transition on to one of several engineering undergraduate degrees at Sheffield Hallam University.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    International/EU: £12,570

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    7 Months

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    January 2025

Course summary

Aimed at international students, this foundation course prepares students for a range of degrees including Business, Law, Hospitality, Tourism, Finance, Built Environment and Psychology. The programme ends in late July, meaning you can stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September, with advice given about obtaining a visa.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

You will learn through active participation in all of your classes.  There will be a variety of class types you will participate in, and a range of assessments.  We will help you to become a confident, active and independent learner, whether working alone or collaborating with others, and help you to thrive in your new learning environment.  

You will learn through: 

  • Seminars 
  • Lectures 
  • Workshops 
  • Labs 

You will be assessed through: 

  • Presentations 
  • Seminars 
  • Written essays & reports 
  • examinations 

Course leaders and tutors

Brett Clifton
Brett Clifton
Senior Lecturer In Tesol

I've been teaching English for academic purposes for many years, first in China, and now here at Sheffield Hallam. I've recently been working cross-college on course … Read more

Applied learning

In addition to the core modules, social and cultural activities are available to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends. To help you develop a sound understanding of the discipline, we arrange visits to local companies wherever possible.

Future careers

This route allows you to progress to over 50 undergraduate degrees at Hallam. Please specify your chosen undergraduate degree when you submit your application. Including:

* A portfolio submission will be required at the time of applying for the International Foundation Programme.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will be introduced to the range of facilities and software available at the University that you will use in your future course. 

Entry requirements

All students

English language requirements

To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.

For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.

For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.

Academic entry requirements

Good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.

Find out which qualifications we accept from your home country.

You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.

You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Academic English In Context
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Developing Your Academic English
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Engineering Mathematics For International Foundation Year
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
English For University
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Science And Engineering Principles For International Foundation Year
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)

Fees and funding

International students

For the two-term programme starting in January the tuition fee in 2024/25 will be £12,570. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF, 357.8KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an application form.

Application form (PDF) (PDF, 5.8MB)

 Email your application to, or send it to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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