International Students

United States

The University of Portsmouth have a strong history of recruiting students from the US market and we currently have around 40 US students on our full-time courses, plus more on our study abroad programmes. In the UK students study for 3 years at undergraduate level and 1 year at postgraduate which allows them to complete a degree a year earlier than they would in the US.

Federal Student Aid

US students who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. Read more information, including how to apply and conditions for receipt of the loan, on our US Loans Scheme webpage or email with your questions.

GI Bill

The GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs of education or training. For more information go to GI Bill. The University of Portsmouth is an approved VA school and we would welcome your application. If you would like to apply to study at Portsmouth through the GI Bill, please email for further details.

Admissions requirements

Freshman applicants:

For undergraduate entry we require US students to hold a High School Diploma. As the level of a high school diploma varies from state to state the grading also varies but as a guide GPA 3.0 or above plus one of the following:

TariffA level gradeAPs (Advanced placement tests)SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests combined (pre March 2016)SATs (post March 2016)ACT (American College Testing - top score 36
144 AAA 445 1800/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 600 on each 1270/1600 in  SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 600 on each 29
136 AAB 444     29
128 ABB 344     28
120 BBB 344 1600/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 1150/1600 in  SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 27
112 BBC 333     26
104 BCC 332     25
96 CCC 322 1500/2400 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 1090/1600 in SAT Reasoning (SATR) plus three SAT Subject Specific Tests (SATS) with minimum scores of 580 on each 25

Some of our courses will require certain subjects. Please refer to the individual course pages for further information.

Transfer applicants

The University of Portsmouth welcomes applications for transfer admission. Applications for transfer admissions are considered from students who have completed their secondary school education and are enrolled at a college or university and have earned credit for academic courses. Credit must be from courses relevant to the major you wish to study at Portsmouth and students will only be accepted for transfer if they demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge in the specified major. If students have achieved credit, but intend to apply for an unrelated major, it is likely that acceptance will only be for year 1. Please note that transfer students can be admitted in the Fall term only.

Graduate applicants 

Bachelor's degree with GPA of 2.6 /4 or above. Some courses require higher grades. 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.

To apply for any of our courses please go to our online application form.

If you have further questions about studying at the University of Portsmouth then please email International Officer, Hetal Maniar:, or our International Admissions team: or call +442392 845534. 

Study Abroad Students

For those students interested in studying abroad please go to our study abroad pages.

You can undertake programs with an optional study abroad or placement year. However, you cannot undertake the study abroad or placement year if you wish to be eligible for the federal loan

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.