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Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange
Area of study: Archaeology, Asian studies, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Biomedical and health sciences engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Cinema, Comparative literature, Computer Science, Contemporary European studies, Czech, Dental hygiene, Digital literacy, Economics, Education, English, Environmental sciences, Environmental studies, French, Geography, German, German literature and culture, Germanic studies, Global Cinema Studies, Global studies, Health policy & management, Hispanic studies, History, Interdisciplinary studies, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Journalism and mass communication, Korean, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Media & Journalism, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Portuguese, Psychology, Religious studies, Russian studies, Social and economic justice, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and hearing sciences, Statistics, Urban planning Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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University of Sheffield

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the University of Sheffield as an exchange student for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at Sheffield. You will take courses alongside degree-seeking students at Sheffield, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life. As an exchange student, you will pay your usual UNC tuition and fees to cover the academic cost of the program.


The University

In 1897, The Sheffield Medical School, Firth College, and the Sheffield Technical School merged, forming what would become the University of Sheffield in 1905.

With around 25,000 students from more than 100 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the largest in the UK. The campus is a mixture of modern architecture and turn-of-the-century red brick buildings. It includes a library with more than 1.3 million books, periodicals, computer services, and language laboratories.

The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards; and was named top of the Russell Group and region for student experience in 2012. In the category of social life, Sheffield ranked first, no doubt in part due to the University’s award winning Students’ Union, which remained first in the rankings for the third year running.

The City

The city of Sheffield is in the Yorkshire region of England. With a population over 550,000, it is one of the largest cities in the UK. Sheffield is an industrial, cosmopolitan, and cultural city with a large amount of public green spaces. There are more than 200 parks, woodlands, and gardens in the city with an estimated 2.5 million trees, giving Sheffield the claim to the greenest city in Europe.

The city center of Sheffield, a fifteen-minute walk from campus, always offers something to do, whether it is shopping in the traditional street markets, visiting the nightclubs, going to the theater, using the Olympic-class sports facilities, or enjoying one of the city's parks. Additionally, the Peak District National Park is within walking distance of the university. Sheffield's location in England also makes travel to other parts of the UK convenient, with London only 2 hours away.

Courses & Credits

UNC students at Sheffield are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as British students.

What fields of study are available?

Sheffield is organized into five faculties open to exchange students:

  • Arts. Including archeology, biblical studies, English literature, history, music, and philosophy
  • Engineering
  • Languages
  • Pure science. Including biomedical science, chemistry, mathematics, molecular biology, statistics, physics and astronomy
  • Social sciences. Including economics, geography, politics, and journalism studies

For more information about courses and departments, visit Sheffield’s study abroad academic handbook and the Directory of Modules .

Most majors within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences can be accommodated at Sheffield, as can majors within the School of Media & Journalism (MEJO)

Attention Fall applicants:

Students applying to study at Sheffield for the Fall will not be able to take courses in the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Management
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Psychology
These fields of study are available for Spring or for Year-long students only.

The British education system

The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.

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Sheffield guarantees exchange students a place in university housing. You can choose from rooms in Ranmoor Village, Endcliffe Village, and City and Central Campus. Ranmoor Village and City and Central Campus are self-catering (you cook your own meals) and Endcliffe offers both self-catering and catered (like a meal plan).
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change. 
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.  
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad  

  • Sheffield offers students coming from the US an opportunity to apply for a special scholarship

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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021
10/05/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2022 02/10/2022 03/05/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/10/2022 03/05/2022 TBA TBA

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