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Information for international applicants

This page provides information for international applicants for January 2022, on the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this regularly.

On this page: Fees and enrolmentArrival into the UK, accommodation and quarantineCareers and employability

Application deadlines

If you are applying from overseas, please be aware of the application deadlines for your region.

  • Applications from China and South East Asia – 19 November 2021
  • All other international applications – 15 October 2021

The above deadlines are due to high volumes of overseas applications and have been set to ensure all applicants are able to receive their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies), process their visas and plan travel arrangements.

The later deadline for applicants from China and South East Asia is due to the availability of priority visa services which reduces visa processing times.

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.

In light of the current UK government restrictions, 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 EU students

We are offering a Vice Chancellor’s Award (a £3,000 automatic tuition fee bursary) to applicants domiciled in the EU, other EEA countries or Switzerland, for full-time taught undergraduate or postgraduate courses, and postgraduate research courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023. Terms and conditions apply. You can browse all of our courses on our online prospectus. If you have any questions, visit our country pages.


If you have already paid 50% of your payable tuition fee before the enrolment deadline of 16 January, you should be able to enrol as soon as the payment reaches the University bank account.

  • If you have paid online, or via Western Union: Please allow at least two days for online payments to be credited to your student account before you try to access the enrolment task again.
  • If you have paid by bank transfer: Payments by bank transfer take longer to arrive in the University’s account so please provide evidence of bank transfer to Please note you need to do this only once.

Once your payment has been credited to your account, you will receive an email inviting you to activate your account and enrol. Please proceed with your enrolment as soon as possible. This is so you can access your course timetable and engage with online teaching.

If you have sent us evidence that you have requested the payment (e.g. bank transfer request), but the payment has yet to reach us, you will be allowed to enrol with conditions for 2–4 weeks.

You must continue to engage with your online lectures and course activities while your enrolment is being finalised.

Deferring your place if you can’t travel

If you have confirmed your place and paid your deposit for January 2022, but are unable to take your course place, you can choose to defer your place to a course start date up to September 2022 regardless of any previous deferrals. Please email for further information about deferrals.

Find out more about deposits and deferrals.

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.

Pre-sessional qualifications

To provide as much flexibility as possible we will accept 2020 online pre-sessional courses for entry up to two years from the date of the award.

If you undertook your pre-sessional course whilst domiciled in the UK, you will need to ensure you can make this deferral under your visa arrangements.

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

Arrival into the UK, accommodation and quarantine

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 a pre-arrival guide for new students which can help you prepare before you arrive in the UK. Please note all international students must arrive by 16 January at the latest.

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.

Arranging safe travel without an airport pick up

The UK Government rules on self-isolation on arrival in the UK permit travel by public transport to the address where you plan to self-isolate. Please refer to the how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK section of the Government website for further details.

Arriving with family members

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 families arrival. 

We don’t have university accommodation suitable for families and private accommodation is competitive to arrange and will require you to be here in person and able to pay deposits. 

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

Testing and quarantine

The rules that you need to follow will depend on which country you are coming from. Please check the UK Government information for further guidance before you travel.

Support during quarantine

Sheffield Hallam University provide free accommodation and food and essentials for the duration of the quarantine for students who need to quarantine and who have booked their student accommodation through the University.

If you have booked accommodation through the University’s Accommodation Services with one of the University's partner providers, you can quarantine in this accommodation on arrival. You can arrive up to two weeks before your contract start date free-of-charge and you will also receive food supplies during the quarantine at no additional cost.

To benefit from the support on offer, you must complete the Virtual Meet & Greet Desk Form at least 7 days before your planned arrival date. You will need to provide the exact address you will be staying in on arrival, and full contact details.  If you are required to quarantine, you should not leave your accommodation during the quarantine period unless you need to seek medical help.

If you have booked accommodation with a private provider (a private landlord, or direct with halls of residence), you should contact them to arrange quarantine support.

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.


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 have been working closely with our accommodation providers and local Public Health services to ensure you are able to settle safely into your accommodation and start enjoying your university experience.

You can search and apply for accommodation online. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get your first choice of property. We’ll follow government guidance to give you a safe and comfortable home – you can find out what measures we've put in place on our accommodation FAQ

Careers and employability

Employability support

The Careers and Employability Service provide specialist resources, advice and events for international 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 number of ‘Working in the UK’ information and Q&A sessions during your orientation programme.

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 eligibility

If you are starting a degree course in January 2022, you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route if you meet the eligibility requirements and concessions that have been introduced.

One of the eligibility requirements for the Graduate Route is ‘Study in the UK.’ Note the following apply under these requirements:

  • Any time spent studying remotely between January 2022 and 6 April 2022 is not counted.
  • If you start your degree course in January 2022 and your course is 12 months or less, you need to come to the UK under the Student route by 6 April 2022.
  • If you start in January 2022 and your course is more than 12 months, you do not have a specific deadline to come to the UK under the Student route.

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.

You can find further information about the Graduate Route in the Government's published guidelines on their website or on the The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

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