International Students

Iraq/ Kurdistan

Entry Requirements

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


Successful completion of Adadiyah (Certificate of Preparatory Education / Sixth Form Baccalaureat) with good grades will be considered.

We offer foundation programmes at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP)


A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate are accepted. Students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma can be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme.


A Bachelor's Degree from a recognised university in Iraq with good grades may be considered for postgraduate study. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Iraqi Student Experience

"The University provides great facilities such as advanced labs, modern computers and software. The accommodation here is amazing and all my learning, from teachers and lectures, has been very professional.

Portsmouth is also a great place for British history in the Historic Dockyard which contains Nelson‘s flagship and Henry VIII‘s flagship the Mary Rose and also the D Day Museum, the Royal Marines Museum, the Royal Submarine Museum, the Royal Armouries, Portchester Castle and Southsea Castle."

Murtadha Al-Maliki

Course: PhD Electronic Engineering
Country: Iraq

Murtadha Al-Maliki from Iraq


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 the University of Portsmouth, please contact one of our representatives:


Sofi Mall, No:18 Gulan Street, Erbil
Contact person: Ali Hasan
Tel: +964 750 198 5866

Reach for Knowledge (R4K) - Kurdistan

Contact person: Dr Nawzad Al-Salihi
Tel: +44 779 239 6073 or +964 750 7220 440

TCL Global (Talib Consultancy Limited) - UK Office

Education Counselling Center
Unit 9, St Georges Business Centre
St Georges Square, Portsmouth PO1 3EZ
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9283 9210

Useful Links:

The University of Portsmouth welcomes applications from Iraq and Kurdistan. We have been actively working with institutions and ministries in Iraq for many years.

We support the Kurdish Regional Government Human Capacity Development Programme (HCDP) scholarship programmes and regularly visit Sulaymaniyah and Erbil. We are also a member of the British Universities Iraq Consortium (BUIC), which works with the British Council and other bodies to administer the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) scholarship programme in Iraq.

Please contact Hetal Maniar, International Officer for further advice: