University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

Language of instruction


The University of Sheffield is world Top 100 university, renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching.

Sheffield is a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Britain. It is creative, welcoming, and rich in culture and history. Sheffield is also one of the UK’s most affordable cities for students.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) February–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September–February

Students wishing to study for a full-year must commence their exchange in UQ Semester 2.

View The University of Sheffield's academic calendar.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

60 credits at Sheffield is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5 to study at the University of Sheffield.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Sheffield course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Biological engineering
Biomedical engineering
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Metallurgical engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Social work
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Closed departments are not open to exchange students. This includes areas such as:

  • Any Graduate School courses
  • Law
  • Nursing or midwifery
  • Biological sciences
  • Medical physics

The university has a list of all closed departments.

Exchange students cannot study Level 3 Biomedical Science (BMS) courses.

Avoid selecting courses offered at City College in Greece and Singapore Institute of Management.

There are restricted course choices in the following:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Economics
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology

The university provides a full list of course restrictions.

Additional academic information

Sheffield has online resources to have navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


All exchange students who apply for accommodation by the relevant deadline will be guaranteed a single occupancy student bedroom in University or Partnership accommodation. Visit the University of Sheffield's accommodation webpage to explore the housing options. 

Cost of living

Living in Sheffield is 10% cheaper than the UK average. And it's 25% cheaper than London. To help students budget for exchange, the University provides a breakdown of average living costs in Sheffield

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

All exchange students accepting a place at the University of Sheffield are automatically eligible to apply for a Study Abroad & Exchange Scholarship. Students can also apply for a BUTEX Scholarship.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Information relating to NHS entitlements can be found via Sheffield's University Health Service

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Sheffield provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.