University of Sheffield
Discover the vast music, arts and culture scene and beautiful scenery of Europe's greenest city close to the famous peak district.
The University of Sheffield is ranked as 75th in the world (QS, 2019) and is located in one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. Their Students' Union has been voted #1 in the UK for 10 years straight! The City of Sheffield is located in the heart of the UK less than 1 hour from Leeds and Manchester. Today's Sheffield is vastly different from the one pictured in the 1997 film "The Full Monty" and today it is England's safest city.
Extra scholarship available!
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open November 1, 2021
Priority Deadline January 10, 2022
Areas of Study:
Animal and plant science, archaeology, architecture, biomedical sciences, chemistry, communications, computer science and artificial intelligence, digital electronics, economics, engineering (aerospace, bio, chemical, civil, electrical, electronic, material, mechanical, mechatronic, robotic, software, systems), English, geography, history, international relations, journalism, landscape architecture, metallurgy, math, molecular biology and biotechnology, music, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, religious studies, sociology, speech science, sport (exercise & physical activity), statistics, theology, urban studies and planning, zoology and more.
Languages/cultures: Arabic, Chinese, East Asian Studies, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
A list of all areas of all study programs can be found online.
Restriction: Some departments are closed for exchange students. Please also consider the course restrictions for the departments you want to study in. For information on closed and restricted departments click here.
A full course load is 60 UK credits. 12 UK credits = 1 UCalgary half course.
A list of courses (called "modules") can be found online click on 'Directory of Modules'. Most modules have between 10 and 20 UK credits. Please read this information before choosing your program and modules.
The academic year at Sheffield is divided into two semesters. The Autumn semester runs from mid-September to early February* and the Spring semester runs from early February to early June.
* Depending on the program there might be the possibility to make arrangements for an alternative assessment in order to finish in December. Please see this factsheet for more information on which department can facilitate December finish.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Living costs in Sheffield are about 10% lower than the UK average and 25% lower compared to London. This makes Sheffield one of the best value cities to live and study in the UK. The estimated living costs are £5.075 per semester. This includes accommodation, food, books, equipment, insurance and local travel costs.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.
*This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.
The University of Sheffield also offers a scholarship worth £1,500 (full academic year) and £750 (one semester) that exchange students can apply for!
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Sheffield's requirements see here.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
For more information about the University and the City of Sheffield see this Fact Sheet.
Please also check out this video about Study Abroad at the University of Sheffield.
Fun fact: Sheffield started the UK's #weareinternational campaign
Sheffield's Student Support Services include a team for Disability and Dyslexia support as well as health services, counselling and international student support.
There are great supports for LGBTQ students at Sheffield, including transgender students.
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.