Information for international applicants
This page provides information on fees, enrolment, arrival in the UK, accommodation, employability, and Covid-19 related guidance for international applicants for January 2023 and September 2023. We will update this page regularly.
Applications for January 2023 entry
We are closed to applications for postgraduate courses starting in January 2023.
Key dates for overseas students starting in January 2023
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) deadline – 18 November 2022
- International orientation – 9 to 11 January 2023
- Enrolment deadline – 16 January 2023
Key dates for overseas students starting a postgraduate course in September 2023
- Applications open for postgraduate courses – 30 January 2023
- Applications close for postgraduate courses – 29 May 2023
- Deposit deadline – 17 July 2023
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) deadline – 31 July 2023
Arrival in the UK and accommodation
Covid-19 restrictions for students travelling from China
From 5 January 2023, if you are travelling from mainland China on a direct flight to England, you will be asked to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Airlines will be required to check that passengers from mainland China have a negative test before departure. Please check the UK government’s foreign travel advice page for the latest information on actions you’ll need to take.
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 key pre-arrival information which can help you prepare before you arrive in the UK.
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.
Arriving with family members
You must read the guidance for international students with families before accepting an offer to study at Sheffield Hallam University.
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 family's arrival.
We recommend arriving early to be able to secure something that is appropriate for your family.
If you do travel with your family/dependants you may find your initial accommodation options limited to hotel rooms.
A house-hunting grant is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria. See our students with families information for further details.
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.
Accommodation for students without dependants
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 continue to work closely with partner accommodation providers to ensure they meet Government Covid-safe guidance - your safety and comfort are our key priorities.
Find out more information on accommodation for international students or search and apply for accommodation online now. The sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get your first choice of property.
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.
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 January 2023. Terms and conditions apply.
You can browse all our courses on our online prospectus. If you have any questions, visit our country pages.
You will be asked to enrol in the weeks leading up to starting your course. Once you have enrolled fully, you will have full access to all university facilities and resources.
Visit our Enrolment guidance for international students page for step-by-step guidance on the enrolment process.
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.
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 provides specialist resources, advice and events for all 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 range of ‘Working in the UK’ information and Q&A sessions during the orientation programme you'll attend before you start your course.
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
The UK's Home Office launched a new Graduate Immigration Route for international students completing degree courses in the UK in summer 2021 – sometimes referred to as the 'post-study work visa'.
Graduates are eligible if they have
- studied their course in the UK on a Student route or Tier 4 student visa
- successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course
- graduated in summer 2021 or later
- met the 'study in the UK requirement'
You can only make your application from within the UK and Sheffield Hallam must confirm your eligibility for this route before you make an application.
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.
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