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Starting your course in January 2021

It is a challenging time to be planning your journey to study in Sheffield from abroad, but we are working hard to offer a safe experience for you.

Enrolment, arrival in the UK and starting your course

The University continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation both in the UK and overseas to ensure you are able to start your course as planned, with all the relevant flexibility and support, whether starting in September 2020 or January 2021.

Read important information here if you suspect you may have a delayed arrival

Summary of support on arrival



Tuition fee payment

16 November –
22 December
You must pay 50% of your tuition fees before you enrol. Please follow our guidance to calculate the correct amount. We recommend you make your payment online, as bank transfers make take up to 4 weeks. Please note that if you are intending to start your course in January, you must pay your 50% of your tuition fees even if you are still waiting for your visa. The University will refund any tuition fees paid if your visa is refused.
SHU IT account set up

1 December – 4 January
Set up your SHU IT account here. You will be able to do this two days after your CAS has been issued. Once you have set up your account, you will have your SHU login and you will be able to access your University email address, book welcome services, and Orientation sessions.

Further guidance on activating your IT account can be found here (PDF, 100KB).

You should also download the SHUGO app on your phone so you are notified every time we send you an email.
Online enrolment

14 December –
22 January
Online international student enrolment for new and continuing students. You will receive an email inviting you to enrol. Please enrol as soon as possible and before the start of your course even if you will be arriving in the UK later. This is so you can access your course timetable and engage with online teaching. 

If, when you click on the enrolment link, you don’t see your course, there may be an issue with your payment. In such cases, you must email 
invoicing@shu.ac.uk attaching evidence of payment.
Virtual Meet & Greet desk

5 – 29 January*

Virtual Meet & Greet desk for all international students in operation. You can contact the virtual Meet & Greet desk as many times you need to, while you are still at home, or after you have arrived in the UK. You will need your SHU login to access this service.

Manchester Airport pick-up service

9 – 15 January*
Manchester Airport pick-up service for new international students. If you are arriving in this period, we will collect you from Manchester Airport and bring you to Sheffield, while helping you with the most important tasks you need to complete on arrival. Please make sure you book in advance
Orientation Programme

13 – 20 January*
Online Orientation Programme and Hallam Welcome Programme for new international students, to make sure you have the best possible start as a Sheffield Hallam student. You must join even if you are still at home. You will need your SHU login to access this service.

Course induction activities Full schedule of course induction activities will be available from 18 December. You must attend your course induction even if you are still at home. You will meet your course leader and tutors and will get important information about you course structure, content and assessment.

Engaging with your course Please make sure you have checked your timetable and are engaging with all course activities. In case you are having any problems with this please contact hallamhelp@shu.ac.ukNon-engagement with your studies may result in withdrawal from your course and your visa being cancelled. 

*All dates subject to change. 

Please note that the University will be closed for Christmas between 24 December – 3 January. 


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