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International Foundation Programme University English Scheme

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Year of Entry 2022/23
International Foundation Programme

University English Scheme

Part-time Languages

Take advantage of this free course to develop your English language skills for undergraduate and postgraduate study, business and conversational use.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? International/EU: See fees section below
How long will I study? 10 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022
January 2023

Course summary

  • Study a range of free modules, workshops and tutorials designed for non-native English speaking international students.
  • Develop your awareness of and control over academic discourse, and the various text types used within your subject of study.
  • Engage with a variety of speaking, writing and analytical tasks, from investigating vocabulary and grammatical structures in texts to delivering presentations.

Offered to all non-native English speaking Hallam students, this course is made up of elective modules in academic English, speaking and pronunciation, grammar for academic writing, academic reading and vocabulary, writing your master's dissertation and academic English for your PhD.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

Hallam lecturer and researcher Dr Lisa McGrath talks through the University's English Scheme - an initiative to assist international students learn English for academic purposes.

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.

The English scheme is offered as a range of free modules, workshops and tutorials for international students enrolled at Sheffield Hallam. The teaching varies depending on the options you choose. Credit-bearing modules include English for business academic purposes, English for academic purposes, and there are a range of further opportunities to improve your written and spoken English as well as listening and reading skills.

You learn through

  • speaking, writing and analytical tasks
  • oral and written portfolio
  • workshops
  • tutorials

Course leaders and tutors

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Lisa McGrath
Senior Lecturer

I am a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I lead and teach on the University English Scheme, and am responsible for … Read more

Future careers

Employers value effective oral and written communications skills. The University English Scheme offers a range of classes that can help you develop those skills.


This course is accredited by the British Council.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with 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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Entry requirements

All students

This course is open to all international students who are enrolled on an academic course at Sheffield Hallam University.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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

Fees and funding

Home students


† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

The University English Scheme is free to all International/EU students enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University.

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 Languages courses (PDF, 742.3KB)

Legal information

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

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