- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Students choose Sheffield because of its international reputation for high quality teaching and research excellence and the outstanding student experience that is offered. The University of Sheffield is a premier-league, research-led institution with a population of over 26,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 120 countries. Sheffield has a world-wide reputation for quality, operating at the forefront of research and training. Sheffield is one of the most inexpensive places in the United Kingdom to live and study. According to a survey of 26 university towns and cities, living costs for Sheffield students are the third lowest in the country. Also, Sheffield was named "UK University of the Year," in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in the United Kingdom.
University of Sheffield
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Sheffield is located in northern Englan in South Yorkshire. Like Pittsburgh, Sheffield has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. Sheffield is built on seven hills and is near the confluence of five rivers. It is estimated that Sheffield has over two million trees, more per person than any other city in Europe; 61% of the city is green space.
Sheffield offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Pitt students are guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing. Sheffield will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See Sheffield’s general housing website.
At Sheffield, courses are taught in English. Credits taken at Sheffield are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 4:1 ratio. For example, 60 credits at Sheffield will transfer as 15 Pitt credits.
All credits taken at Sheffield require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
Courses taken at Sheffield will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
For further information on the modules offered, please visit Sheffield's website.
Unlike Pitt, Sheffield’s grading scale assigns numerical values between 0 – 100, with 100 representing the highest grade achievable. It is important to understand that few students in the British system receive grades higher than 70. For more information about the grading scale at Sheffield, see their explanation.
For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.
Sheffield will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are receive. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$4,000|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at Sheffield for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Sheffield's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Sheffield’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt. I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas. I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences. I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose. Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea. Good eating and traveling! Let me know if you should have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 412-383-7165.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Sheffield. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Sheffield's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Sheffield. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Sheffield's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. Please check with Sheffield regarding these requirements.
Scholarships: Sheffield would like to highlight the fact that scholarships are offered to students participating in their Study Abroad Programme. Scholarship winners will receive £1,000 if they study in Sheffield for a full academic year or £500 if they come for either the fall or spring semester. Please visit their webpage for more information.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, the United Kingdom requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans. See the details here.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without British nationality, students must obtain either a Short Term Student Visa (6 months or less), or a Tier 4 Visa (more than 6 months), to study in the United Kingdom. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review Sheffield's website. Also, check the British Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information.Sheffield will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website. In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)