Information for international applicants
This page provides information for international applicants for September 2021, on the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this regularly.
Please also check the general information for all September 2021 applicants.
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 27 September 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.
If you have already paid 50% of your payable tuition fee before the enrolment deadline of 27 September, 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 email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note you need to do this only once.
Once your payment has been credited to your account, your course will be listed in the online enrolment task. Please check the enrolment link several times a day and proceed with your enrolment as soon as possible.
If you have paid already, but 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 email@example.com attaching evidence of payment.
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.
Arrival into the UK, accommodation and quarantine
Arriving in the UK
Our recommended arrival period is between 8 and 14 September, when we are expecting to run our free airport pick up service from Manchester airport.
If you are arriving from a red or amber list country you should aim to arrive by 4 September to complete your 10-day self-isolation or hotel quarantine in time to participate in International Orientation, Hallam Welcome, and course welcome activities from 15 September onwards. Engaging in these activities is vital to ensure you settle into your new home and get ready for your studies.
We also recommend you download the International Pre-arrival Guide in preparation for arrival in the UK.
If unavoidable circumstances prevent you from arriving on time for the start of your course, the University is able to permit later arrival for some but not all courses.
Where later arrival is permitted you must engage with all relevant online teaching and learning activity until you are able to travel and attend teaching in person at the earliest possible opportunity.
Please note all international students must enrol by 1 October at the latest, regardless of arrival date. We will withdraw sponsorship from students who have not enrolled by 1 October, so you will not be able to travel to the UK after that date unless you have enrolled.
Testing and quarantine
The UK government has implemented a 'traffic light' system whereby countries fall into red, amber and green categories. These categories determine whether or not you have to quarantine (as well as the length of time needed in quarantine) and when you will need to provide a Covid-19 test.
- All arrivals will be required to complete a pre-departure test, complete a passenger locator form and book a travel test package.
- Green country arrivals will not have to self-isolate on arrival, and their travel test package will only include a test on day 2.
- Amber country arrivals will be required to self-isolate in their own accommodation, and their travel test package will include a test on days 2 and 8.
- Red country arrivals will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, and their travel test package will include a test on days 2 and 8.
Support from Sheffield Hallam during quarantine
For students travelling from amber countries, who have booked accommodation through the University with one of the University's partner providers, you will be able to self-isolate in this accommodation. 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.
For students arriving from a red country, who will be required to quarantine in a government managed quarantine hotel, we will provide a £250 grant towards your accommodation costs.
You must make arrangements to quarantine on your arrival to the UK. The best way to do this is to book your accommodation directly with Sheffield Hallam, which will mean that you are fully supported in our partner halls throughout your full time in Sheffield. You can find out more on our accommodation FAQ.
If you have booked your accommodation through a private sector landlord and they are unable to help you quarantine safely or fulfil your requirements, then we can make arrangements for you to receive quarantine accommodation. Please notify our accommodation service at least 7 days prior to your arrival. Find out more about our self-isolation support.
Quarantining with dependents
Unfortunately we are only able to offer quarantine support for students and are unable to extend this offer to students travelling with dependents. The accommodation we have available is only suitable for those who can isolate on a single basis. Find out more about accommodation support on arrival on our website.
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.
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
Support for traveling 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.
Deferring your place if you can’t travel
All applicants who confirm their place and pay their deposit for September 2021 will be able to review their situation, and will be entitled to a full deposit refund on request until 1 January 2022 if unable to take their course place. Or, you can choose to defer your place to a course start date up to September 2022 regardless of any previous deferrals.
All students will be kept regularly up to date with the latest news and developments in plans for teaching, learning and support, whether you choose to start in September or in a later intake.
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
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
Careers and employability
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 studying a one-year master’s in September 2021, you will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route – even if you begin studying remotely – provided you are in the UK by 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of your studies in the UK.
In addition, students who are studying courses lasting longer than a year and which are not due to be completed in 2021 will still be eligible for the Graduate route – even if you have studied all or part of the 2020/21 academic year via distance learning due to the pandemic.
You can find further information in the Government's published guidelines on their website