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Visa maintenance amounts due to increase


The rules about how much money you need to hold are changing on 12 November 2015.

Read the following information carefully! Make sure you prepare the necessary funds if you are extending your visa.

Tier 4 visa applications made after 12 November 2015
‘Established presence’ will be removed from the rules. Instead all students must show £1,015 per month of study for living costs (up to 9 months £9,135).
Each Tier 4 dependant must show £680 per month (up to 9 months £6120).

If you have any questions about the visa rules, please contact the International Experience Team at Student Services, Level 5, Owen tel 0114 225 3813. Email : internationalexperience@shu.ac.uk

This Week’s News

Monday 17 August 2015

In this week’s edition…

  • Discover some beautiful English cities and towns with day trips organised by the Students’ Union.
Student Voice
  • Being an international student at SHU opens you up to a world of opportunities. Find out all about them at the SHU GoGlobal Fair in September!
  • Register your interest for Culture Connect, our cross-cultural mentoring scheme which helps new students settle in.


Best wishes,
International Experience Team

Trips around the UK

If you want to discover more of the UK during the summer, these trips are a great opportunity to do so.

Saturday 22 August, 8am – 6pm
Price – £20

Oxford is renowned for its medieval university and is known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’, which refers to the beautiful architecture of the university buildings. There are plenty of shops, museums and gardens to explore along with the largest single room devoted to book sales in all of Europe.

Birdseye view of Oxford



Saturday 30 August, 8am – 6pm
Price – £10

Scarborough is a seaside resort with a rich history. It has glorious beaches and loads to do and see. You will have the opportunity to visit the town’s various beaches, museums and galleries.

The Grand Hotel, Scarborough


Saturday 5 September, 8am – 6pm
Price – £20

The city’s museums, theatres and other cultural and sporting venues have made Bath a major centre for tourism. The city has a lively cultural scene with several festivals, concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.

BathThe Roman baths in Bath town centre


Tickets for these trips can be purchased from the Finance Office in the HUBS which is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

Join Culture Connect mentoring scheme

Wherever you’re from, you belong!

The aim of Culture Connect is to help new students settle into life in the UK and have a positive university experience. All current UK and international students can apply to become mentors and mentees. There will be regular training and social activities for all members.


You may need help meeting new friends and adjusting to a new culture and social norms. Your mentor will help you integrate into the community and meet people from different countries, as well as introducing you to the wide network of support available at Sheffield Hallam University and beyond.


We encourage students who have taken part in extracurricular activities to get involved as mentors. Culture Connect is a great way to meet new people, develop cultural awareness and gain valuable experience for your CV.

Watch a video made by students about Culture Connect

Register your interest, and to find out more, find us on Facebook.

The formal application and selection process will begin in mid August-September. The scheme will start in October.

SHU GoGlobal Fair – 24 September 2015

Thursday 24 September
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Heartspace, level 2, Atrium

There are so many exciting projects you can get involved with at Sheffield Hallam University.  To showcase these projects we are organising a SHU GoGlobal fair where you can talk to people who have taken part.

Contributors include students who have been involved with,

–          Setting up a social enterprise
–          Bringing TEDx to Sheffield Hallam University
–          Erasmus exchanges abroad
–          Campus jobs
–          Balloon Kenya project
–          Culture Connect
–          Setting up a Students’ Union society

There will be a number of stalls and a series of talks on the day.  If you are interested in getting involved as a contributor please contact Andrew Bromley at a.bromley@shu.ac.uk

For information about opportunities at Sheffield Hallam University join our SHU GoGlobal Facebook site.

Want to work in the UK after your studies?

Would you like some visa advice?
If yes, then book a place on our Working in the UK after studies workshop.

We will look at all the possible visa routes for international graduates into full time work including:

• Tier 2 Scheme
• Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur
• Tier 5

The workshop will also focus on how to improve your employability and how you can make the most out of your time at Sheffield Hallam University. We will explain the visa rules and how to maximise your chances of success.

The last workshop will take place in the Careers and Employability Centre (unless otherwise stated):

Is your visa due to expire?

If you do not book a one-to-one appointment to see an immigration adviser at least 2 weeks before your visa is due to expire, then we may not be able to assist you with your application and you will have to send your documents off yourself.

You must attend a group session before you can book a one-to-one appointment.

It is important that you attend a group session at least 2 months before your visa is due to expire. You will be unable to get a CAS application form if you have not attended a group session.

The next group sessions will be taking place as follows:


  • Tuesday 18 – 10am
  • Thursday 27 – 1pm


  • Thursday 3 – 2pm
  • Thursday 17 – 2pm

Please come to the Student Services Centre, Level 5 Owen or Heart of the Campus to book on to a group session.