Students enjoying the University of Portsmouth Festival of Cultures

Starting your social life at uni

Upcoming social events for international students

University life is about much more than just studying. Discovering the local culture and exploring your new hometown – and the country around it too – is a big part of what makes studying abroad so memorable.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events and activities for all our students. Take a look below for a sample of the activities happening this year.

You can also get involved with cultural events throughout the year, from Christmas Vacation socials to Chinese New Year celebrations, and even our Global Week – a week long programme of events, lectures and sports sessions to celebrate diversity here in Portsmouth. Keep up to date on these events on our official Global Community Facebook group

Social events

Summer Solstice Walk - Thursday 20 June 2024

Join us on a morning walk to mark the longest day of the year, when the light is the longest and the night is shortest. Enjoy a refreshing walk with others and take in all the elements of Summer.

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Coach Trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury - Saturday 27 April 2024

Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world; a famous prehistoric monument standing in the beautiful English countryside. It is 5000 years old and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day. After visiting Stonehenge, the coach will take you on to the mediaeval cathedral city of Salisbury; typically English and full of medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as shops, cafes and attractions. Departure from Portsmouth 8.00am, departure from Salisbury 5.00pm.

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Coach Trip to Southwick D-Day Vintage Revival - Sunday 9 June 2024

Go back in time to the 1940’s as a whole Hampshire village transforms to commemorate the D-Day landings. Southwick Village was the operational centre for the D-Day landings on the 6th June 1944. Entertainment includes free history walking tours, free dance swing lessons, live music, motorcade of vintage vehicles, traditional fairground, vintage shopping in market street, themed pubs, spitfire plane flypast, ancient ruins and much more. A must for history and vintage enthusiasts! Ticket price includes coach travel only. Departure from Portsmouth 11.30am, departure from Southwick 5.00pm.

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International Students' Book Club

Meet once a month for friendly and relaxed discussions on books, poems and short stories. The Book Club is a great place to meet new people, practice your English skills and enjoy talks and visits about other places associated with books and reading in Portsmouth.

Once a year, Book Club takes part in World Book Night celebrations and takes books to communities outside the university, getting to know new people and new places.

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Global Café

2.00pm - 3.00pm every Wednesday during term time, Park Building Café. All students welcome.

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday during term time. If you'd like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You'll meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat. All students are welcome. Join us on Moodle for updates, venues, theme announcements and online conversation.

March 2024

Global Week celebrates the global culture we have at the University of Portsmouth!

In March 2024 we hosted a week-long programme of events celebrating the international diversity we have at the University of Portsmouth. More information is available on the Global Week webpage.