The University of Portsmouth welcomes more than 5,000 international and EU students from 150 countries. It provides students with gold-rated teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017) in a setting with superb facilities – and a seaside location.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

5,660 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • A free Orientation programme helps international students to settle in and make new friends before they start their course. 
  • The university helps international students with registering on their course, settling into accommodation before the start of term, providing information on the university, the city and what support is available to them, and help with opening a UK bank account.
  • International students can also join in social events such as walking and coach tours, sporting events and plenty more.
  • A coach pick-up service is available for a fee on specific dates from London Heathrow airport; students are collected and brought straight to the campus.

English Language Requirements

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications may be found on the university website:

  • IELTS – from 5.5 with no component score less than 5.5, to 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0.
  • GCSE – Grade C or above.
  • Pearson Test of English – 54 points with a minimum of 51 in each component.
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) – an overall CAE score of 169 with no component score less than 162.

Accommodation for International Students

  • A place in halls is guaranteed for all new full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who firmly accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and apply for accommodation by the specified deadline.
  • A wide range of good quality centrally located accommodation is available, with en-suite and studio facilities.
  • There is a good supply of private-sector accommodation available if students prefer to live out in the city. The university runs a series of housing events, offers online resources and a student matching service to help students meet like-minded housemates to share with.
  • The university also provides ongoing housing advice and support to all students to ensure they are settled in Portsmouth throughout their course.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 13,200 13,200
Mixed 14,000 14,000
Laboratory 15,100 15,100
Clinical 25,400 -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.