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Rewards of Up to £400 available

Know anyone else who wants to study with us? Refer them and be rewarded.

If you're a current student or alumni, we want to reward you for promoting the University of Portsmouth to your friends, family or colleagues.

So if you refer a friend and they join us, you can earn up to £400 through one of our referral awards. Here are your two referral options, and advice on how to make them.

International Alumni Referral Award (IARA)

If you're from a country outside of the EU, you can earn £400 if you refer a friend, family member or colleague to the university and their application results in a registration.

All you need to do is complete the IARA Form and ask the person you are referring to send it to with Subject title “IARA form” and the Applicant ID number.

Please note, the form must be emailed within a week of the application being submitted, we cannot link to an application later.

International Alumni Referral Award form

EU Referral Award (EURA)

If you're from a country within the European Union (EU), you can still earn a referral award of £200. The person you are referring will need to be considered EU Fee Paying to qualify for this. They must also be a first-time student with us who is applying for a full-time, campus-based course lasting for at least one academic year.

To be eligible for this award, simply complete the EURA Form and ask the person you are referring to send it to with Subject title “EURA form” and the Applicant ID number.

Please note, the form must be emailed within a week of the application being submitted.

EU Referral Award form

There's no limit on the amount of applicants for whom you can make a claim, but you can only claim one referral award per registration. If the person you refer has already been referred by someone else, the first person to refer them would get the award. They will also need to be a direct applicant to us, as UCAS applicants are not eligible.

Finally, you'll need to submit an invoice to to receive your payment. For courses starting in September, you'll be paid in November; for January starters, payment will be made in March.

Referral Awards guidance

  • You are only eligible for a referral award when you refer newly recruited students applying to a full-time campus based courses. The award can’t be claimed for students who have previously studied at Portsmouth, or on any of its franchised or distance learning courses overseas, or at an institution that has an articulation agreement with the University of Portsmouth.
  • Students need to be registered on a programme lasting one academic year or longer (You can’t claim for students attending one semester or a Pre-sessional English course).
  • International and EU/EEA status is dictated by the fee category of the applicant. (Applicants classified as UK Home students or exchange students are not eligible). The EU Referral Award includes students from the European Economic Area.
  • There is no limit to the amount of applicants you can claim for.
  • To refer a potential student, you need to complete and attach the relevant Referral Form to an email to The Referral Form needs to be submitted within one week of the application.
  • If the applicant you refer registers at the University of Portsmouth, you will receive your referral award of £400 for the IARA and £200 for the EURA. This will only be paid if you have no outstanding fees or other debts to the University.
  • You must submit an invoice and payment will be made after November or March.
  • Only one referral award can be given per registration. If an application is referred by more than one student/alumni or contracted Representative of the University, the first referral received will be the one that is rewarded
  • If the applicant requires a Tier 4 student visa please give them the email address for our International Student Advisers who can provide up to date and current visa advice. Visa information changes on a regular basis – please do not give advice yourself, it may have changed from when you applied.
  • The Referral Award Scheme is open to all current students and alumni who studied at the University of Portsmouth – this including UK, EU and international.
  • Current and former Erasmus/Exchange students are eligible to apply for this award
  • You can only claim the award for direct University of Portsmouth applicants (UCAS applicants are not eligible).

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