Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a public university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The university is the 11th largest university in the UK (out of 167) with 30,815 students (of whom 4,400 are international students).
Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England, and one of the greenest in Europe. Located in the heart of the UK, Sheffield has excellent transport links whether you are travelling by road, rail or air. The central location makes Sheffield an ideal base for travel, within the UK and Europe. Sheffield has extensive railway links to all major UK cities and London is just over two hours away, with trains leaving for London every half hour. From there, the rest of Europe is only a short journey away. Frequent buses and trams make it easy to get around the city and the suburbs. Manchester International Airport is only an hour away offering flights to major European and overseas destinations. There are frequent direct trains from Sheffield to the airport. There are other large airports in the surrounding area including East Midlands and Leeds Bradford. .
The geography speaks for itself: a third of the city is inside the boundary of the Peak District National Park – one of Britain’s most cherished areas of outstanding natural beauty. It’s the greenest big city in England and the most peaceful. And Sheffield is famously friendly. More information about the area can be found here
About The Program
Orientation and Airport Pick-Up
Sheffield Hallam offers students free airport pick-up services from Manchester airport. Before your departure from the US, you must book a transfer through on Sheffield Hallam website at least 1-week before you are due to arrive. You will receive a confirmation email with further information about the service.
There will be a 3 day orientation for international students conducted by the International Office. You will be required to confirm your attendance for this orientation on the SH website after you complete your pre-enrollment forms. During Orientation Week, you will receive information about all of the services provided, as well as advice on banking, health services, university security, etc. You will also have an opportunity to meet the international staff and students.
Students studying at Sheffield Hallam for one semester will be housed in university accommodations in Liberty Hall
. which is a ten-minute walk from campus. The housing units are apartment-style with three to five bedrooms. Each flat has a lounge area and open plan kitchen including breakfast bar. All rooms have private bathrooms. There’s a common room with pool tables and games consoles, a private courtyard and even a cinema room. The communal areas are cleaned every fortnight by housekeepers. More information can be found on their website at www.shu.ac.uk/Study-here/Accommodation
Food & Laundry
There is no meal plan. Students will have access to a shared kitchen and there are also student cafes and restaurants on and near campus. As for laundry, you will have access to laundry facilities in the residence hall. Students will receive money that is normally on Jacket Express prior to departure in order to purchase meals abroad.
The amount needed for spending money does vary from person to person. You will want to be sure you have extra spending money for expenses like travelling, eating at restaurants, toiletries, and buying souvenirs.
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. You should expect fees for ATM withdrawals, international transaction fees, and take into consideration the exchange rate. More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phones, you can continue to use your smart phone abroad while in wifi. We also recommend you reach out to your cell phone provider to learn what international plans are available, if any. If you plan to text, call, or use data not in wifi, then you may want to consider purchasing an international cell phone plan or a new phone or SIM card upon arrival. Past students have said that having a local phone number was beneficial (making plans with friends, travelling around country, etc).
Students interested in studying at Sheffield Hallam are only permitted to enroll in courses in the Humanities Department which includes English, History and Stage & Screen (including Film Studies) subject areas. Registration for classes will be done prior to your arrival at SH.
All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details.
SH offers on campus medical services. Students will learn more about the services and how to access the health center during orientation. If you have specific needs or questions about resources, See Explorations/Study Abroad.
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above. If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive). Your student conduct record will be verified with the Residence Life Office during the BW application process.
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by BW. Please see above Health section for more details.
In order for your academic credit to transfer, you must receive a "C" grade or better in your class/es.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester, in addition to International Health Insurance (approximately $50 per month). All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
If you are eligible for federal aid or receive insitutional scholarships, you may use these resources to help fund BW recommended off-campus programs. Once the cost of your program has been determined, the financial aid office will help you apply your aid package to your trip.
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.). For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit my.bw.edu/Academics/Study-Abroad/Pages/Financial-Aid-and-Scholarships.aspx