International Students

Saudi Arabia

The University of Portsmouth welcomes applications from Saudi Arabia. We are well equipped to deal with your needs and matters relating to sponsorship. All of our campus restaurants are halal certified and there are prayer facilities available to you. Please email Senior International Officer, Jonathan Williams for more information.

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 Thawawaya/Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya (General Secondary School Certificate) We offer an Engineering and Technology Foundation Year - BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology, delivered in our Faculty of Technology.

On successful completion of this foundation year, students can transfer to one of a wide range of engineering and technology. Foundation programmes in all other subjects are delivered by our pathway provider, International College Portsmouth (ICP)


If you have a 2-year diploma or Associate Degree from a recognised institution, you can be accepted onto Year 1 of a degree programme. If you have a strong GPA, you could be considered for Year 2 entry of a relevant degree programme.

A levels and the International Baccalaureate are also accepted. Students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma can be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme. All of our Bachelor's degree courses are listed under the MoHE King Abdullah Scholarship Programme for sponsorship.


For entry onto our MBA and MBA with Business Placement, 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 here our course pages for more details.

Most of our Master's courses are listed under the MoHE King Abdullah Scholarship Programme for sponsorship.


Students holding a good Master's Degree will be considered for PhD study upon submission of a research proposal. Please visit our postgraduate research pages for information on specific areas of research. Most of our PhD courses are listed under the MoHE King Abdullah Scholarship Programme for sponsorship.

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 International Officers travel to Saudi Arabia 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. 

Saudi Student Experience

"Despite the hard work and effort required as a student, the university life is really enjoyable. It gives you many opportunities to get you prepared for professional life, as well as meeting new students from all around the world.

In order for the student to settle and focus on their studies, the University of Portsmouth offers many services that deal with all possible problems a student may face."

Abdulhakim Aleidi

Course: BSc (Hons) Computing
Country: Saudi Arabia

Abdulhakim Aleidi from Saudi Arabia


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

Contact Jonathan if you have any questions!

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

IEC Abroad Ltd - UK Office

Murray House, 85 Picadilly
Manchester M1 2DA
Tel: +44 (0) 161 233 4295
Fax: +44 (0) 161 233 4296


King Fahad Road, Al Nasrriyah Street, Al Yamama Tower, 

5th Floor, Office #501, Riyadh, Zip Code 12631

Tel: +966 92000 3502

Global Vision for Academic Services - Saudi Arabia Offices

Office no.3, 3rd Floor, Gulf Commercial
Corniche Road, Al Khobar
Tel: +966 3 895 1572

Office No. 83, 2nd Floor, Al-Safowah Commercial Center
Mamdouh Bin Abdulaziz St - Sulaimaniya, Riyadh
Tel: +966 3 5443 81060

IHMDC (UK office)

Halpern House, 1 Hampshire Terrace
Portsmouth, UK, PO1 2QF
UK Mobile: +44 7776 306161
Saudi Mobile: +966 5 5666 9630
Contact person: Tahir Radwan

IDP- Saudi Arabia Offices

Office 208, 2nd Floor, Arabian Business Centre
Wali Al Ahd Street, Jeddah
Contact: Hussain Saeed
Tel: +966 2614 3294 
Fax: +966 2614 3297

Al Rabiea Tower, Al Fahd Hotel Building, 6th Floor office 601
Olaya Main Road (South), cross with Kherais, Riyadh
Contact: Ahmed Zedan
Tel: +966 1201 5010
Fax: +966 1201 5011

Silver Tower Floor 3, King Abdulaziz Street
Ad Dammam, Al Khobar
Contact: Alaa Natour
Tel: +966 3898 3836
Fax: +966 3898 3839

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:

Please contact Jonathan Williams, International Office for further advice: