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Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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Sheffield Hallam is a comprehensive institution located in Sheffield, England and located roughly 2.5 hours north of London in the scenic South Yorkshire region.  With its many rigorous academic disciplines and strong reputation, Sheffield Hallam has played  major role in revitalizing the town and surrounding to focus on arts, technology, and innovation.

Sheffield Hallam University Homepage
Site for Visiting Exchange Students

Basic Information

Language of Instruction: English

Best for majors/minors:
Development & Society: Criminology/Justice Studies, English Literature, Film Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Writing & Linguistics
Arts, Computing, Engineering, & Science: Art (Animation), Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design, Journalism, Multimedia Film Production, Public Relations
Sheffield Business School: Hospitality Management, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Recreation/Tourism

Eligibility: Students should have completed 45 credit hours at the time of application and have an institutional GPA of 2.5.

Fall term: September – December*
Spring term: January – April
*Note: The exam period for some fields may run through January.  See the academic calendar.

Accommodations: On-campus residence halls are available with limited space.  Most students will live in private off-campus flats that are fully furnished and have access to a kitchen or kitchenette.  Students may be able to arrange their accommodations before arrival.  It is common, however, for students to stay their first two or three nights in a hostel/hotel while they participate in “House-Hunting” Week.  During this time, international student guides will assist incoming students with touring and signing up for their accommodations.  Learn more about accommodations at SHU.

Meal options: Sheffield Hallam does not offer a meal plan, but does offer a very wide variety of eateries and cafes located on the campus.  Students can load money onto their SHUCard to go cashless and earn points and rewards when eating at campus facilities.  Otherwise, as a college town with a young population, Sheffield offers a wide variety of restaurants and grocery shops in the vicinity of the campus where students can purchase inexpensive meals or food to cook for themselves.

Estimated Cost of Participation: Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance costs to Georgia Southern, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad.  The cost of accommodations (when applicable) and services will be paid directly to Sheffield Hallam.  Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term at Sheffield Hallam.

Link to International Student Guide

How to Apply
In order to apply to participate on the exchange to Sheffield Hallam, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below.  All materials should be submitted to the Office of International Programs & Services by the posted deadline.  Students are encouraged to submit all items together.

  1. Georgia Southern Application for Exchange
  2. Sheffield Hallam Application for Exchange Students
  3. Sheffield Hallam Learning Agreement
  4. 500-750 word essay of motivation/educational intent
  5. Two letters of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor
  6. Official copy of your Georgia Southern transcript
  7. Host Institution Course Request List
  8. Copy of your passport information page
  9. Copy of your current course schedule

Students who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to the Office of International Programs & Services for a brief interview before committee.

How to Search for Courses
Students should note that Sheffield Hallam does take care to ensure visiting exchange students are prepared for their course choices based on background preparation.  Based on the information provided for each course, students should make sure they are have completed any coursework at Georgia Southern that will assist them in preparing for the course selections.

To find courses, use the either the module guide for Arts, Computing, Engineering, and ScienceOn either page, students will see a list of Levels available to select from.  Levels 3, 4, and 5 are most akin to Junior and Senior level courses at Georgia Southern, so it is recommended that students begin here.  Click the Level you are interested in browsing.  When you do so, a complete alphabetical list of module names across all departments will appear.  Students should scroll through and look for course titles that match their subject area of interest.  When you find a course of interest, clicking on the course title will allow you to access a full syllabus of information.

Students using the module guide for the Sheffield Business School will need to select the link to the list of courses available in either the Fall Term or the Spring Term for incoming exchange students, and then choose from the list provided.  Students using the module guide for Development and Society will have a similar process.  In both cases, you will also be able to click the module title to access the syllabus.  Make sure to pay attention to the module level, and the listed pre-requisites.  Levels 3, 4, and 5 are most akin to Junior and Senior level courses at Georgia Southern, so it is recommended that students stay within these levels.  Make sure that you have completed or are completing courses if pre-requisites are listed.

Please note that it can sometimes be difficult to tell exactly when a module will be offered.  For this reason, it is highly recommended that students supply multiple alternate options on the Sheffield Hallam Learning Agreement Form and the Host Institution Course Request List.

Understanding Grades and Credits
Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 Georgia Southern credit hours while abroad.  In the English system, courses are typically 20 CATS each, which is the equivalent of 4-5 Georgia Southern credit hours.  So students should plan to take 3 courses while attending Sheffield Hallam – which is a full time load – during the semester.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Georgia Southern.  To see how grades transfer from Sheffield Hallam to Georgia Southern, click here.

Last updated: 10/20/2016