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The Study Abroad programme

Study at a 5-star university for a half or full academic year on England’s south coast

Looking to study abroad for a term or full academic year to gain an international experience? 

Are you an undergraduate student at a university outside the UK that doesn't have an exchange agreement with the University of Portsmouth? The Study Abroad programme gives you the chance and flexibility to study with us and benefit from: 

As a Study Abroad student, you'll have the opportunity to choose modules from across all five of our faculties that best corresponds with your current studies – either Business and LawScience and HealthHumanities and Social SciencesCreative and Cultural Industries, or Technology.

For Autumn 2023 entry (for either a full year or 1 term), you need to get your application to us by 30 June 2023. To join us for Spring 2024, you need to get your application to us by 30 November 2023. 

You'll pay tuition fees for the duration of your stay. You can expect to pay £6,800 for one term, or £13,600 for a full academic year for 2023/24. If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, the EU Scholarship is applied to your tuition fees so you pay the same amount as a UK student (£4,625 for one term, £9,250 for a full academic year).

Once you receive an offer to study with us, you'll need to pay a £2,000 deposit to confirm your place. This deposit will count towards your tuition fees. You can choose to pay your tuition fees in full or in two separate instalments. Find out more about tuition fees.

You'll study in classes, go to lectures, seminars and tutorial classes with our other full-time students, and gain invaluable first-hand experience of studying in a different academic environment.

Your home university will have to approve your Study Abroad period to Portsmouth, but assuming they do, at the end of your studies, you'll receive a transcript that shows the academic credits you've gained with us, which can be transferred back to your home institution.

What should I expect by joining the programme?

With dedicated UoP Global team and other support services across the University, you can expect:

  • Dedicated point of contacts – from admission to enrolment to departure
  • Dedicated Orientation Programme for academic and city integration and airport pick-up service
  • Visa assistance and Personal tutor system
  • Dedicated central and Faculty teams to assist with any enquiry (MyPort Hubs)
  • Students’ Union with over 150 clubs and societies

I am a Master’s student – can I join the programme?

We also offer some opportunities to join the Study Abroad programme at postgraduate level – if you're a postgraduate student who is interested in studying here, please email studyabroad@port.ac.uk for more information.

I want to study in Portsmouth – what are my next steps?

If you’re interested in studying in Portsmouth as an undergraduate, the first thing to do is to email us at studyabroad@port.ac.uk. Our Exchanges and Study Abroad team will get back to you, and together you can begin planning your overseas adventure. They can answer any other questions you might have about what the Study Abroad Programme involves.

Before you contact us, you can take a look at the modules you could study as part of your course in Portsmouth on our Choose what you'll study page.

Transition Scholarship for EU Study Abroad students

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss national student, the Transition Scholarship is applied to your tuition fees so you pay the same amount as a UK student. 

How do I apply?

When you apply to come to Portsmouth on the Study Abroad programme, you'll choose to study modules from our 5 faculties – Business and Law, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative and Cultural Industries or Technology – whichever best corresponds to your current studies.

There are 2 times in the year when you can join the programme; Autumn (1 term or full year) or Spring (1 term only).  Or you can join us for a full academic year

Email us at studyabroad@port.ac.uk to provide you with the application form.

What are the entry requirements?

As part of your online undergraduate application, you'll need to submit the following supporting evidence:

  • An academic transcript, officially certified and translated
  • GPA 2.6 or equivalent
  • A copy of ID card/passport
  • One academic reference on official headed paper
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (this can also be provided at a later stage) 

How do my grades in Portsmouth affect my degree mark at home?

You can transfer the credits you gain while you study on the Study Abroad programme so they count towards your degree at your home university. How these credits are transferred depends on where your university is based, so please speak to your Study Abroad Office Coordinator/Office for more information.

What are the English language requirements for the Study Abroad programme?

Minimum English language level is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no component less than 5.5. A few subject areas require IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0. More information on alternative English language tests that we are currently accepting is available on our English Language Requirements page.

Do I need a visa for the Study Abroad programme?

You will need a visa to study in the UK on the Study Abroad programme. Depending on the duration of studies, there are two types of visa you can apply for: Standard Visitor visa (for the purpose of study) or the UKVI Student Route visa. The UK Government introduced a new points-based immigration system on 5 October 2020. For more information, please visit our visa advice pages.