University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Experience the vast music, arts, culture, and beautiful scenery in one of Europe's greenest cities.

The University of Sheffield is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and is located in one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. The City of Sheffield is located in the heart of the UK and is less than one hour from both Leeds and Manchester.

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Sheffield, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

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Application information

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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
Priority deadline: January 10, 2024


University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student experience

Study Abroad at the University of Sheffield

UK Opportunities Info Session

Program details

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.

Third-year modules in Politics are closed to exchange students for capacity reasons.

Third-year modules in Sociological Studies are not currently available to exchange students.

Third-year modules in Biosciences are only offered on a case-by-case basis to advanced students following discussion with the department.

Psychology modules are available to students spending the full academic year (September to June) at Sheffield.

Please also consider the course restrictions for the departments you want to study in. For information on closed and restricted departments click here

Course Information:

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. 

  1. Costs

    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. Please refer to the living costs page to learn more about costs associated with this university. 

  2. Funding

    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 several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

    The University of Sheffield also offers a scholarship worth £1,500 (full academic year) and £750 (one semester) that exchange students can apply for!

University accommodation is only guaranteed for Exchange and Visiting students studying at Sheffield for a full academic year if they apply by the housing application deadline. For details about the different housing options please click here

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 apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Sheffield, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Sheffield's application click here.

Students with English as a first language should upload their high school transcript. Learn how to get your high school transcripts here.

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 click here. Students who do not have English as a first language should refer to the English language requirements of the chosen host department(s).


For more information about the University and the City of Sheffield see the partner page

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. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program 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.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

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.

Application guide

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 global learning 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 Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.