International Students


Entry Requirements

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


The following qualifications are not sufficient for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes: Year 12 - Higher Secondary School certificate or below, Polytechnic Diploma, 2 year degrees (Pass degrees). We recommend students take a foundation programme at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP)


Year 1 undergraduate degree entry is offered to students with:

  • A-levels and the International Baccalaureate
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • LLB (Hons) considered comparable
  • Diploma in Engineering (3 years)
  • 3 Year Degree (honours)
  • BA degrees in Arts, Science and Commerce
  • Professional Degrees

Year 2/3 entry can be considered with:

  • Some professional degrees
  • Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
  • Master of Arts, Science and Commernce


Entry onto a postgraduate programme at Portsmouth will require either two years of study after completion of the pass degree, or one year after the Honours degree. Master of Engineering and Master of Science (Engineering) with over 60% is accepted. 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.

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 dedicated staff in India are specialists in helping students from your region to apply and can answer any questions you might have. 

Contact our India staff directly 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:

CFS - Center for Foreign Studies

Ashak Un Nabi
1/12 Lalmatia
Block C
2nd Floor
Dhaka 1207
Tel: 880-2-8159612
Cell: 880-1199121331

IDP Education Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd.

Level4, Hamid Tower, Gulshan Circle 2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Tel: +8804478667788, 8833181/191