International Students


Entry Requirements

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


You will require a Foundation year if you hold ZMISEC O-levels ONLY as this is not sufficient for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. We recommend students take a foundation programme at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP).


To be considered for an undergraduate degree, you should hold good ZIMSEC O-Levels (including Mathematics and English language) AND ZIMSEC GCE A-Levels. The grade requirement for entry onto a Bachelors programme is as per UK A-Levels. A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate are accepted for year 1 entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Students with a Third Class or Ordinary degree may be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme (subject to university policy).


For entry onto our Masters programmes, we will consider your average GPA from your bachelor degree, depending on whether it is out of 4 or 5, although each application is considered on a case by case basis. Depending on the institution, 60-64% is considered equivalent to a 2:2, whereas 65% or higher is equivalent to a 2:1. Students with a lower result 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:

Zimbabwean students who hold ZIMSEC English Grade C are accepted in lieu of IELTS. If there is no evidence of the above, you will need to take an English qualification. 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 on-line 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.

Our Representatives

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

Global Education

Emerald Park, Block C 30 The Chase
Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe 
Tel: +263 433 4709

South Africa and Zimbabwe

158 Jan Smuts Building, Office 25, 3rd Floor
9 Walters Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 447 4299
Skype: liza_globaleducation


The Coach House, Lisvane Road
Cardiff CF14 0SD, UK
Contact Person: John Luke
Tel/fax: +44 29 2975 8032