International Students


Entry Requirements

The University of Portsmouth welcomes applications from Bahrain. We are experienced in hosting students from the Gulf region and are well equipped to deal with your needs and matters relating to sponsorship. All of our campus restaurants are halal certified and there are prayer facilities available to you.

Please contact Emma Schlesinger, our Senior International Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for further advice:

We are happy to consider overseas applications on a case by case basis. As a general guide:


The Secondary School certificate is not a sufficient qualification for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. We recommend students take a foundation programme at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP).


A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate are accepted for year 1 entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma can be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme. Successful completion of Year 1 in a relevant subject at a university in Bahrain is considered for Year 1 entry. We look for an average GPA of 60/65% or 2.5 GPA or above. Associate Degrees/Diplomas are also considered for Year 1 and advanced entry.


We will consider a bachelor degree from a recognised institution in Bahrain. We require a minimum of 2.2 or higher, depending on the chosen course. Students with a lower GPA will require a Pre-Masters course, delivered by our partner college on campus, International College Portsmouth (ICP) (full contact details above). For entry onto our MBA International, students will also need at least 3 years relevant work experience after graduation in a managerial or supervisory capacity. Work experience is also required for several other postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our courses for more details


Students holding a good Masters Degree will be considered for PhD study upon submission of a research proposal. Please visit our Graduate School pages for information on specific areas of research.

English Language requirements:

We accept IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates. The required score will depend on your level of entry and your chosen course. Please visit English language requirements for more details. We offer Pre-sessional English language programmes for applicants who do not yet meet the required English level for entry onto our degree courses.


Our International Officers travel to Bahrain regularly for Education Fairs, visits to agents and other events. These are great opportunities to speak to us about applying to study at the University of Portsmouth and it would be great to meet you there!

See our upcoming events below, or check our events page for full listings. 

International Alumni Referral Awards

We know that the best promotion is 'word of mouth'. We also know that if students have a good experience at Portsmouth, they will tell their friends, family and colleagues - and sometimes, as a result, one of those people decides to come and study at the University of Portsmouth. We want to formally recognise this assistance in recommending that person to the University of Portsmouth.

The International Alumni Referral Award (IARA) scheme is for current and former University of Portsmouth students who refer an applicant to study here. We reward the current/former student with £400 if their application results in a registration.

How does the scheme work?

Please use the following form:

Please download and complete the International Alumni Referral Award Form above. You must ensure that the International Alumni Referral Award Form is attached to the online application when it is submitted. When you are submitting the online application, please select IARA from the agent drop-down menu and attach a copy of the completed IARA Form with the 'Supported Documents Area'.

Please note: we cannot link the application to you after we have received the application and it has been input into the University's Admissions System.

If you have any questions about this scheme, please email us.


Our International Officers are specialists in helping students from your region to apply and can answer any questions you might have. 

Contact Emma if you have any questions!

Our Representatives

If you would like to apply to study at the University of Portsmouth, please contact one of our representatives for your country:

Education Links

The Al Ahli Club Complex,
Flat 118, Building 106, Road 20, Block No.331
Mahooz, Kingdom of Bahrain PO Box 54329
Contact person: Ms Judith Asuncion
Mobile: 973-3889-7235
Tel: +973 1725 5909 #22
Fax: +973 1724 2606
E-fax: (00) 973 - 1791-0229
Skype name: education.links


Y Bron Y Dyffryn, Dynea Road, 
Pontypridd, South Wales, UK
Tel/WhatsApp: +44 777 9514 264

Global Vision for Academic Services

Al-Adliyah, Block 336, Road 3605, Building 247
1st Floor, Office 11, PO Box 75728
Contact person: Yazan Qatamin
Tel: +973 1361 7216
Mobile: +973 1361 7927

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