International Students


Entry Requirements

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


A minimum of 60% pass in the Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate).

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


Successfully pass a recognised foundation programme. If you have a 2 year diploma from a recognised institution (e.g.PAAET / ACK), you can be accepted for the 1st or 2nd year of a degree programme, depending on the areas covered and the grades achieved.

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.


We require a good degree with 2nd class equivalent. As a guide, we consider an average GPA of 2.6/4 or above from your bachelors degree, although each application is considered on a case by case basis.

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.

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 International Officers travel to Kuwait 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. 

Our Representatives

If you would like to apply to the University of Portsmouth, please contact one of our representatives:

Eurostudies - UK Office

Clarendon EnterpriseCentre, Bristol & West House, 2nd Floor
Post Office Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1BL
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 313634
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 313601

JnS Education Consultant Ltd

One Canada Square Building, 37th FloorBlock 10, Yousef Al-Bader Street, Behbehani Tower, 2nd Floor
Salmiya, Kuwait
Tel: +965 9999 4653

Canary Wharf, London E14 5AA, UK
Tel: 0207 387 3768
Skype ID: jns-edu

Easy Apply Education Consultancy - Kuwait Office

Mercure Tower, 8th Floor, Office 3, 
Al Mubarak Street, Al Mirqab, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Phone: +​965 9​4007001​ / 2
Contact: Abdullah Alaifan
Skype ID: easyapplyuk

Future Graduates Ltd. - Step into Success

Global educational services providers
Future Graduates Ltd.
188 Freshfield Avenue
Info. E-mail:
Tel (UK): +44 (0) 7477880085
Skype ID: FutureGraduates

Eurostudies - Kuwait Office

Moultaqa Tower, 9th Floor, Al Farwaniya Commercial Center
PO Box 554, Farwaniya, Code No.81016, Kuwait
Mob: +965 9754 2343
Fax: +965 474 0450
Contact: Graham Taylor


Saqar Al Jazira Gen Trdg & Contracting Co, Office 205, Al-Rabea Building
Salem Al-Mubarak Street Salmiya, PO Box 35199, Shaab, 36052, Kuwait 
Tel: +965 257 43843
Contact: Sujata Vora

Useful Links:


The University of Portsmouth welcomes applications from Kuwait. We are experienced in hosting students from the Gulf region and are well equipped to deal with your needs and matters relating to sponsorship. We regularly visit the Kuwait Embassy in London and work closely with them.

All of our campus restaurants are halal certified and there are prayer facilities available to you.

Please contact Hetal Maniar, International Office for further advice: