International Students


We have a large and vibrant African community, with students joining us from all over Botswana to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The Afro-Caribbean Society runs a broad range of events and activities throughout the year.

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Entry Requirements

This information is for general guidance only as entry requirements may vary for different courses.

For more specific details, please visit the relevant course web page or contact the admissions office for your chosen subject area. 

International Foundation Year

Students who have not achieved the A-level requirements for their chosen course are directed to the International Foundation Year, delivered by our partner, ICP-Navitas


To be considered for an undergraduate degree, you should hold BBB in A levels or 24 overall in International Baccalaureate with 15 at Higher Level.

Students with a good Higher National Diploma (HND) may be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme.

We are happy to consider strong and mature applicants for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree programme on a case by case basis.

For specific grades required, please refer to the course page.

Postgraduate Taught

To be considered for a postgraduate degree, you should hold a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised Motswana university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University of Portsmouth:

  • UK 2.1 equivalent: 65%, or GPA 2.75/4.0
  • UK 2.2 equivalent: 55% or GPA 2.50/4.0

Please note, some courses require a higher overall CGPA. We are happy to consider applications with a slightly lower GPA on a case by case basis.

Work experience is required for some postgraduate courses and many courses will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our full course list for more details. 

Postgraduate Research

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

English Language requirements 

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency to study at the University of Portsmouth.  Please ensure that transcripts (e.g. WAEC, iGCSE) are submitted with your application.

We accept iGCSE English Grade C or above or, alternatively, we accept IELTS.  The required score will depend on your level of entry and your chosen course.  We will also accept an official letter from your University, ascertaining that you have been taught in English for a minimum of two years.

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.

How to Apply

You can apply online via our website, through UCAS or through one of our in-country representatives listed below.  

The University of Portsmouth works with a number of trusted agents who are able to support you through the application process.

If you are being referred to apply to the University of Portsmouth by a current student or alumni, please ensure that a copy of the International Alumni Referral Award form is completed and submitted along with your application.


Our International Officers occasionally travel to Botswana 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. 


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

Contact Jenny 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:

World Student Advisors

Segomotso Gomolemo Kgwatalalam, Gaborone
Tel: +267 (0) 717 214 50


STBK Business Services

Naomi Sebape, Tshipidi House, Plot 684, Second Floor, Unit 9, Gaborone
Tel: +267 (0) 716 773 33