students at freshers fair

Your first week with us is your first opportunity to discover the city, and to get used to life in Portsmouth. Here's a brief snapshot of what you can expect, what you need to do, and what you might like to explore.

Orientation Welcome Week

The International and EU Orientation Welcome Week takes place from Tuesday 11 September to Sunday 16 September 2018. Throughout the week, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the UoP Global support staff and collect your Welcome Pack
  • Register for your course and get your ID checked
  • Collected your Student Card
  • Pay your tuition fees if you haven't already
  • Get a bank letter to help you get a bank account
  • Book an appointment to register with the police
  • Book a selection of tours, sports and social events

You'll also be able to visit an information fair, take a trip to IKEA to get stuff for your accommodation and even join us for some traditional British fish and chips.

International and EU Orientation Week 11 – 16  2018

This is an overview of the week and is subject to change - a detailed programme will be given to you when you arrive. Please come to Nuffield Centre Main Hall to receive your full programme and information pack. 

Services available all week (except weekend)

  • Check-in with UoP Global Office and collection of Welcome Pack
  • Registration onto course & ID checks
  • Collection of Student Cards
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Production of Bank Letters
  • Selection of tours
  • Free sports taster sessions and a selection of social events
  • Police Registration appointments open online

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September

Tuesday 11 September

  • Pizza Night social

Wednesday 12 September

  • Tea, coffee and cake social night

Thursday 13 September

  • Undergraduate Welcome sessions
  • Postgraduate Welcome session & Networking forum
  • Tea, coffee and cake social night

Friday 14 September

  • Information Fair (exhibitors include University support services, community services and banks)
  • Pizza night social
  • Movie Night

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September

  • Selection of guided walks and bus tours
  • Sporting events
  • Coach trip to IKEA Southampton

Monday 17 September

  • Start of Term: Department Inductions & Registration onto course

Wednesday 19 September

  • Freshers’ Fayre - Your chance to join Students’ Union cultural societies and sports clubs

Saturday 22 September

  • Welcome party. Join us for fish and chips at the seaside at Portsmouth's historic Victorian pier. Enjoy the amusement arcade, games, and Southsea beach. Tickets will be available during orientation week. 

Registration onto course: Information and documents required

The first part of the Registration is online, and you will complete the second part of registration once you arrive on campus. When you register with the University, you will need to bring evidence of your qualifications and documentation to verify your identification.

For identity purposes, one of the following documents must be shown at the point of Registration:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid Tier 4 student visa (non EU students only)
  • Valid EU identity card

For qualifications, you are required to provide:

  • Original copies of qualification certificates as detailed in your offer letter
  • Documents must be translated into English

If you can't provide proof of your identity by one of these means, you cannot be registered. The university reserves the right to exclude any student who fails to produce the requested documentation

Late arrival

You should really try to avoid late arrival as this will negatively affect your studies. Your term start date and the last date for registration is included in your offer letter.

If you can't avoid arriving later, you'll need to fill in the late registration form. If you'll be staying in university accommodation, you'll also need to contact the Student Housing team to let them know you'll be arriving later.