Page:International Students


Hiya everyone, I am Sissi, your International Students’ Officer. My job is to represent and support our international student population, and work to facilitate the integration of home and international students. My office is on level 4 of the Students’ Union and you can email me at If you want to chat, or have any ideas that could help improve the life of international students, feel free to talk to me in person, I hold drop-in sessions every Tuesday during term from 4pm to 5pm.

Welcome to Sheffield!
You should be incredibly proud for taking the massive step of moving into a new environment, choosing to study abroad, and starting the most amazing experience of your life. I finished my masters degree last year, so I understand better than anyone what it is like to be an international student here. Our University and our Students’ Union is a diverse community, which is full of many cultures, nationalities and religions. We represent many different voices, demands and groups. We care about giving everyone the best possible university experience.

My advice...
No matter where you are from or what you are going to achieve over the following years, the most important thing is enjoying your time in Sheffield. Make incredible friends who come from other countries, explore this amazing city and broaden your horizons by trying new things. Just remember, the Students’ Union is here to help, support and enhance your time here. I promise you it will be a life-changing experience!

Enjoy your time in Sheffield and I am so excited to work for you and make friends with you all :)

Mengya (Sissi) Li
Students' Union International Students' Officer 2019/20



Intro 2019

Sheffield Intro 2019 is a festival of activities for new students, run by your Students’ Union. It’s your introduction to student life, helping you to discover things that make you happy, make friends and connections, find support, and have a fantastic time. Visit our Intro 2019 website to find out about activities, nights out, fairs, support, and the city of Sheffield!

International Opportunities

International Students Committee
ISC represents the welfare issues of international students and their dependants. Students from all seven regions of the world organise activities that promote and celebrate international culture. Join their Facebook group.

Societies bring together students who share a common interest or background. We have over 300 of them covering many interests from cooking to sustainability, dance to karaoke! There are also many national, religious, and cultural societies you can join. You will be able to meet students from these groups at our Activities Fair or find out more details about these societies here:
All Societies
Cultural / National Societies
Faith Societies

Give it a Go
Our Give it a Go programme offers you the chance to try out new hobbies and visit some of the UK’s best attractions. The sessions and trips are well organised and are a great opportunity to make friends, and visit places you may never have seen before - all at a low prices. You can buy tickets for their new programme now!

Sheffield Volunteering & Fundraising
Sheffield Volunteering offer a range of ‘Global Perspective’ opportunities throughout the year, from friendly football tournaments to conversation clubs. It is a great way to start getting to know people and engage with the wider community in Sheffield.

Global Campus
Global Campus hosts a wide range of activities for international students aimed at helping support the transition into university life and life in sheffield and help students to make new friends.

Making Friends

Great friendships have no borders. As a student at the University of Sheffield you will have the opportunity to meet people from across the world, many which we hope will become lifelong friends. Taking part in activities, attending events, and joining groups are all great ways to meet new people. Watch our #weareinternational video and hear how our students lives have been enriched through meeting others from different cultural backgrounds.


Global Events Calendar

The International Students’ Committee (ISC) organise special events every year to bring our diverse student population together and celebrate our different cultures.

Annual highlights include:


There are many other events which take place throughout the year which you can take part in. These include information fairs, social events, and voting for the students who you want to represent you.

  • World Week is a week-long festival to showcase our global community and develop our global perspectives. There is a variety of events held throughout the week including our 'World Week Parade' and International Languages Festival offering taster sessions of many languages.
  • The International Cultural Evening (ICE) has been taking place for over 40 years and gets bigger and better every year. It is a wonderful showcase of different cultures. If you want to travel around the world in one evening, ICE is the perfect event for you. The event features vibrant performances from national societies and is one of the most anticipated highlights of the SU calendar.
  • The World Food Festival is a weekend of delicious food from all over the world. Our national societies enter their recipes for the chance to be named 'Best Dish'.


The University has its own Multifaith Chaplaincy, which offers care and support to people of all faiths and none. They are the best place to start if you are looking for guidance on local groups practicing your faith.

Inside the Students’ Union you will find Prayer Rooms (on Level 2), and regular Interfaith Cafés where you have the opportunity to meet people with and without faith, and talk about how religion contributes to student life. There are also a number faith groups at the Students' Union who seek to help students practice their religion and raise awareness of their own faith.



There is lots of varied entertainment on offer at Sheffield Students’ Union. We of course have some fun night clubs but we have lots of other options too. We have a 350 seater cinema which shows recent blockbusters at for just £3. We also have regular theatre, comedy, live music, and talks. Bar One hosts Yo Karaoke every Thursday night from 9pm and entry is free, and Coffee Revolution do a range of events, such as crafting, art, skills and much more. Also make sure you keep an eye out for our new alcohol free event Mocktail Lounge, beginning in September!

International Opportunities

Around Sheffield there are several stores specialising in international food. You can view some of these on our Sheffield SU International Students’ Google Map. The Students’ Union also has many different outlets serving food from across the globe. Check out ‘Our Shop’ for a range of noodle bowls, soups, snacks and drinks, and Pearl’s ‘Bubble Tea’ outlet, and Coffee Revolution serving giant ice cream sundaes. Most of our outlets also serve halal options- just ask if you’re not sure!


Travelling around Sheffield is generally quite easy.

  • Buses: There are good bus services throughout the city. You can purchase an 18-21 year old discount card from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk which will give you a 15% discount on all Travelmaster 7-day and 28-day adult product prices.
  • Tram: The supertram network runs through the city centre and out to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Centretainment Complex. You can buy day or week long tickets from the conductor on each tram, or from the Students’ Union Welcome Desk.
  • Taxis: City Taxis are the biggest local taxi service. We run a safe taxi scheme with them. Uber also operates in Sheffield.
  • Walk or Bike! Often most of what you need is within walking distance. You will soon get used to the hills!

If you’re venturing further afield:

  • Discounted National Express tickets are available to buy at the Students’ Union Welcome Desk
  • You can pick your pre-booked train tickets up from the collection machine in the Students’ Union Plaza.



Orientation Week

The University of Sheffield runs an optional Orientation programme of events to help students' that would like additional support in adjusting to life at university. For more information, click here.

International Student Support

Our own Student Advice Centre offers advice, support and representation for students on issues relating to your money, academic issues and your accommodation. They also specialise in immigration issues, and can advise on matters including international fees, working in the UK and inviting friends and family to the UK. Visit their website for advice,self help material, and their contact details, or find them inside the Students’ Union building. We also have a Santander bank branch inside the Students’ Union so you will be able to set up a bank account with them when you arrive.