Quick Info

  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Anthropology and Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communication and Rhetoric, Computing and Information Science, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Science and Geology, Environmental Studies, French Language, Literature, and Studies, German Language, Literature, and Studies, History, History of Art and Architecture, Italian Language, Literature, and Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Portuguese Language, Literature, and Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages, Literature, and Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Statistics, Urban Studies
  • : 9/16/2019 - 12/31/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/01/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Sheffield was established in 1879 and has over 50 academic departments and 82 research centers and institutes and offers courses in engineering, business, and the sciences for Pitt students looking to stay on track with their major during their time abroad.  Sheffield also has a wide offering of courses in the humanities, including foreign languages, communication, art history, English, and more. Please consult Sheffield's course listing for more information.

Student Life

Sheffield facilitates many activities and events on campus - many designed especially for international students. These present great opportunities to get involved in University life, and are a great way to build friendships with other students from the UK and around the world.  

One of the great attractions about Sheffield is the Sheffield Students' Union.  It is constantly rated as the best in the country and has so much to offer.  The recent expansion means there is even more room to accomadate services and activities for students, including study spaces, night clubs, a cinema, shops and vital support services for all students.  There are over 300 clubs and societies to get involved with, students can contribute to the student newspaper or learn about a particular culture.  If there isn't a club or society for them, they can even start their own. 


Living in University accommodation is a great way to start your new life in the United Kingdom.  On-campus housing is a no-fuss option for international students -  rent on campus includes utilities, room contents insurance, and free internet access, making it cheaper than many private landlords. In addition, you don't have to pay your rent before you arrive and you can pay in installments. Some other benefits of University accommodation include:

  • Welfare support from other students who live in the accommodation called 'Residential Mentors'. They are here to look after your wellbeing and support you with any welfare, academic, or personal issues. A lot of the Residential Mentors are international students too, so they understand how you may be feeling.
  • 24-hour security from a dedicated team of security staff.
  • Flexibile move-in dates.
  • The chance to experience a wide variety of different food cultures with authentic dishes from around the world, such as Chinese, Indian, Malyasian, Thai, Mexican, Italian, and traditional British meals. Sheffield also caters for a range of different ethical and religious needs, including providing vegetarian and halal options, as well as supporting students during Ramadan.

Learn more about Sheffield's housing options here.

Sheffield offers catered as well as self-catered housing, so please refer to this website to learn more about their dining options.

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Sheffield Depart Sheffield
Early February Mid June


Arrive in Sheffield Depart Sheffield
Mid September Early January



Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange university.


Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

Personal expenses vary with individual students. Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the Sheffield website for more information. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Insurance: Students visiting the United Kingdom for longer than 6 months are no longer entitled to free healthcare. Students must pay an NHS surcharge of £150 for the year. This is paid at time of visa application. See details here.

Visa: Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need a student visa to study in the UK. The type of visa depends on the length of stay, nationality and whether the student wants to work or volunteer.  Those who are studying for 6 months or less will need the Short Term Student Visa, while those who are studying for a full year will need the Tier 4 Visa.  For further details on the two types of visa please visit here.  More information may be found on Sheffield's website.  

Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency through the IELTS or other means that are listed here on their English Language Requirements page.  Note that TOEFL scores are not accepted by Sheffield.  Please check with Sheffield regarding the details.    

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.  

Get Ready! Applications open August 21 on a newly redesigned website!  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

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 jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.