As well as having a strong reputation for Modern Languages, Sheffield University is large enough to offer a wide variety of optional specialised modules, but small enough so that you will get to know your tutors personally and you can get to know the other students on your course really well. Two of my friends studied Spanish & French and they lived with 3 other Languages students during their fourth year, as they were all so close! They also completed some amazing year abroads during their 3rd year in Paris, Madrid, Valencia, and Bordeaux (Sheffield has strong links with some amazing European Universities so there will be a wide range of unis for you to choose from for your year abroad). My friends also picked up a second or third language that they'd never studied before, alongside their main language, ranging from Italian to Dutch to Japanese! The size of our department allows you to do this easily, across a really wide range of languages (if you fancy it).
We have really great language-based Student Societies which run annual field trips to Europe, and also offer great volunteering opportunities to teach languages in local schools. For example, the Hispanic Society ran a trip to Bilbao and San Sebastián in 2019. They also run schemes such as tandem Spanish/English partners which set you up with a native speaker (usually an Erasmus student) and you can both improve your language skills!
Sheffield is emerging as a major national centre for translation businesses, many of them employing our graduates or started-up by them - check out companies such as SDL who really respect Sheffield degrees and is a great place to work if you're interested in translation in the future.
Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group and is one of the original redbrick university buildings - this means we have a strong reputation as a research-focused university, however it also means we have really great teaching and learning (and also have some beautiful redbrick buildings on campus - they look great in Instagrams!). Sheffield is a city campus university, meaning its campus is located right by the city centre. This is really handy for nipping into town for shopping or some food, but you're still in that student 'bubble' by being on a university campus where all the buildings are located close together. The Languages department is centered around Jessop West, which is a really modern building and where you might have quite a bit of teaching, so I'd recommend checking this building out.
The central kind of 'hub' of university campus is the Students Union - Sheffield has the number 1 Students Union in the UK, which has its own bars, festivals, club in the basement, shops, cafes, etc. It's a really fun place to be and there's always loads going on! In terms of nightlife, there's so many bars, clubs, music venues, around the city centre depending on what you're into - there's something for everyone It's also one of the cheapest and friendliest student cities in the UK (something my friends noticed when they came to visit me from other unis - and they always had an amazing time on a night out!)
We have over 350 Student Sports Clubs and Societies so there's bound to be one that takes your fancy. You can check out our societies here. If there isn't a society for one of your interests, you can make your own! When I was a student, I got involved in Chemical Engineering Society, Forge Press (the student-ran newspaper) and went to loads of Give it a Go sessions which let you try out different societies and sports if you want to try something new but you're not 100% sure it's the society for you.
I'd recommend checking out our virtual tours and videos here from our virtual open days. These can give you a really good look at Sheffield if you can't physically make it to campus.
We also have an upcoming virtual taster session that you might be interested in: titled 'The Spanish and Portuguese Empires and the origins of racism' (link here). This is a session upcoming on 4th November and as well as sounding super interesting, this could give you a really good insight into studying Spanish at University and specifically at Sheffield (it also looks great on a personal statement as it shows you're keen and have done your wider research!)
Let me know if you have anymore questions!
Graduate Chemical Engineering Student
I'm a current student at Sheffield and I thought that I'd just give you a bit of an insight into university life in the city as you haven't had a chance to visit. Sheffield isn't the largest city but it will has everything you need to allow you to explore any of your current interest, as well as new things you'd like to try whilst at university- for example, you can get to the Peak District National Park within 20 minutes by driving or for £1 on the bus! The city has a really good hospitality and events industry with lots of bars and restaurants along West Street, in Kelham Island, and on Ecclesall Road. The people here are incredibly friendly and the university is really supportive of its students - our Student's Union has consistenly been ranked as one of the best in the country over the past ten years.
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MBiolSci Biology with a Year Abroad