English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you must be able show that your English language proficiency is at a level which allows you to successfully complete your chosen course of study.
Each of our academic departments at Sheffield have individual requirements. You must meet each of the scores for the departments you wish to study in.
If you want to study in more than one department, you must meet the score for each department.
English Language Factsheet
Please ensure you download, read and keep the English Language Factsheet. This has some very important information you require to apply to Study Abroad Programme.
Important Note: Information can change at any point if new legislations are implemented.
International students at English speaking universities
If you were previously educated in a non English speaking country and now study in an English medium university (for example Chinese national studying in an American university) then you will need to provide proof of English with your application
Acceptable English Tests
We do not accept "internal/institutional" English Language Tests.
Please visit the link on your right to find out which tests the University of Sheffield currently accepts.
Minimum English Language Scores
As set by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI), you can ONLY apply for a place on the Study Abroad Programme if you have the following level of English or above:
IELTS: 5.5 with 5.5 in all components (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
TOEFL iBT: 72 with 18 in Reading, 17 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking
Pearson PTE: 51 with 51 in all components (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
Please remember: Each of our academic departments at Sheffield have individual requirements. You must meet each of the scores for the departments you wish to study in.
Study in the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)
If you want to study in the ELTC, either for a pre-sessional English course or during the semester, you must now take a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Due to changes introduced by the UK Home Office only IELTS tests taken at approved centres can be accepted as a SELT. These tests are called 'IELTS for UKVI'.
You can see the list of approved test centres here
Validity of English Language Certificates
UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI), have set a 2 year time limit on the validity of language tests.
If your certificate is going to run out before you arrive in Sheffield, you will need to resit the test and send the new certificate to Sheffield before you arrive.