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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Apartment, Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
IAGE (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of Sheffield
Program Description:

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Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships 
*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

Academic Environment
What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?

The British Exchange Program (BEP) is the largest and oldest exchange program at the University of Illinois. Exchange programs are available at universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The BEP program offers University of Illinois students an affordable way to study abroad in the United Kingdom and the chance to take courses which can fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in the BEP program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at a British university. You take all of your classes with British students, live in student housing with other British and international students, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university.

Where you will study

The University of Sheffield was founded in 1879 as Firth College, and came to be known as the University of Sheffield in 1905.  Today, the university is home to over 27,947 students.  The University of Sheffield was voted number one for the past nine years in the Times Higher Education University of the Year , and more recently was voted the best students' union in the UK 2009-2017.  As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Sheffield is a leading research institution.  To see why students love to study at Sheffield, click here. 

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In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information about the available courses at the University of Sheffield, visit the Sheffield course catalog (Directory of Modules).  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted and high-demand courses: please be aware that there are some courses that are restricted from exchange students studying abroad at Sheffield.  In addition, it may be difficult to enroll in high-demand courses due to limited class space.  For details about restricted courses, click here.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited class space and timetable clashes.

Fall semester exams: at Sheffield, fall semester exams take place in February.  Because this interferes with the spring semester at many U.S. universities, some departments allow study abroad students to take their exams in December.  Please note that not all departments allow this.  Students applying for the fall semester will be required to submit a course list upon application, which will be reviewed for December finish.  Please contact the Study Abroad Office to determine if your intended plan of study is eligible for December finish.

Academic year and spring semester study abroad students are not permitted early assessment, and are expected to be present for all exams.

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours per semester.


Class size

Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.


All classes in this program will be taught in English.

Student Life

The award-winning students' union (voted the number 1 union in the UK for the past 7 years!) houses over 300 clubs and societies.  The Tea Society offers a taste of British tradition while the Bellydance Society provides the opportunity to try something new!

Sheffield students enjoy a variety of events and things to do on campus, including club nights, festivals, and music gigs.

Off campus, the city of Sheffield provides many activities for all interests.  Two award-winning theaters and the largest independent cinema outside of London cater to the performing arts and cinema buffs.  Music venues sprinkled throughout the city attract the best new indie bands, and shoppers enjoy a wide range of stores - from international chains to independent boutiques.  An ever-expanding variety of restaurants, bars, and pubs make for exciting nightlife.


Students who wish to travel during their program may be particularly interested in the Travel Appreciation Society at Sheffield.

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Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please click on the “Budget Sheet” link above to access program-specific cost information.

Due to the generosity of its alumni, the University of Sheffield offers scholarships to study abroad and exchange students.  Scholarship winners will receive £1,500 for an academic year of study and £750 for a semester.  For more information about this scholarship, and to submit an application, click here.

In addition, the University of Illinois provides several scholarship opportunities for Illinois students.  For more information on these scholarships, as well as information on financial aid and study abroad, click here.

Onsite Support

International Student Office

The University of Sheffield has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Sheffield’s international student office by clicking here.

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Study abroad students are guaranteed accommodation at the University of Sheffield, and can choose between 3 different student housing blocks - Endcliffe, Ranmoor, and City - all of which are within 5-15 minutes from campus.  Most residences are self-catered, but students who prefer a meal plan can opt to live at Endcliffe.  Residence Life at Sheffield offers a wealth of activities and support: sports classes, skills workshops, and a staff of Resident Mentors.  For more information about accommodation options, click here.

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Application Process

Minimum eligibility for ALL terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay
  • Online questionnaires 
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 

Step 2.) The host university application:
  • Upon reviewing applications submitted in Step 1, the Illinois Abroad office will nominate students to apply directly to their host university (i.e. University of Sheffield).  If you are nominated for the University of Sheffield program, your study abroad advisor will contact you with more information and instructions.
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:

Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Contact Info

Mike Nelson
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 02/02/2018 06/09/2018
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/17/2018 12/17/2018
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018
Rolling Admission 09/17/2018 06/08/2019
NOTE: The dates provided are tentative.
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 01/28/2019 06/10/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed