Tuition fees for international students
How much you pay in tuition fees as an international student depends on whether your course is based in classrooms, laboratories or both, and whether your course includes a placement year. You can find out what you'll pay on your course page. If you're an EU student, read our Tuition fees and scholarships for EU students page.
The following are typical tuition fee figures for international students for the next three years. If you take a placement year, you only pay the nominal placement year fee.
|Academic Year||Fee||Placement year fee|
|2021/22||£15,500 – £17,600||£1,800 – £17,600|
|2022/23||£16,200 – £18,300||£1,800 – £18,300|
For courses starting from September 2021/22, following a review of the international fee policy, the tuition fee will be fixed for the duration of that course at the University*. Please note that conditions apply and the tuition fees may be subject to a maximum inflationary rise of 5% per annum
*This does not apply to courses studied at our partner institutions where a different fee policy applies - please check with the partner institution for details.
Tuition fee reduction
If you're seeking sanctuary, you're usually classed as an international student for tuition fee and student finance purposes, even if you've lived in the UK for a long time.
We apply a tuition fee reduction for people seeking sanctuary. This means you do not have to pay a tuition fee deposit and you pay the same fees as home (UK) students. In order for the reduction to be applied, you will need to email photos of both sides of your Applicant Registration Card (ARC) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state 'Sanctuary tuition fee reduction' and your applicant/student ID in the email subject line.
How to pay your tuition fees
If you are a new student (joining from October 2021 onwards) you can pay using your Applicant View - the online account that is set up when you apply to study with us.
Applicant View has several payment options. You can pay online via Flywire or arrange to pay in person using a credit or debit card.
If you are a current student (who joined before October 2021) please visit ways to pay.
If someone else is paying your fees you can send them the payment link found on your Applicant View.
The University of Portsmouth has officially partnered with Flywire to accept payments from over 240 countries and territories, in more than 130 currencies.
Millions of students and their parents world-wide trust Flywire to facilitate their education payments.
By making your payment using Flywire you can:
- Pay by credit or debit card, bank transfer or by e-wallet.
- Pay from any country or bank in your local currency.
- Avoid bank fees and extra charges.
- Be guaranteed the best exchange rate when making a bank transfer using Flywire. If you find a better rate within two hours, Flywire will match it.
- Track your payment in real-time online and receive email and text alerts each step of the way, including a confirmation your payment has been securely delivered to the University of Portsmouth.
- Get 24/7 multilingual support with any questions you have about making your payment from Flywire’s expert team. You can give them a call, send an email, or use live chat online.
- Flywire has a robust anti-money laundering program so you can feel confident in the security of your payment.
Once you receive an offer from us, you can pay your fees in full if you wish. You will need to pay a minimum £3,500 deposit to confirm your place. The deposit will count towards your tuition fees.
You can use Applicant View to pay your deposit either online via Flywire or in person.
Once you have paid your deposit and met the other conditions of your offer, we will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) document. You will need this for your visa.
The earliest you can receive your CAS is three months before the start of your course.
You do not have to pay a deposit if:
- You are a UK or Irish national
- You are sponsored by your government or a company in your region – you'll need to provide evidence to our finance department
- You are from the USA and will receive a Federal/Sallie Mae Direct Loan
- You will be doing a distance learning course
- You are coming on an Exchange programme
- You are joining us from International College Portsmouth (ICP)
- You are an alumnus or alumna of the University and are continuing directly to a postgraduate course without any gap in studies
- You choose not take up your place at the University
If you are staying in our halls of residence, you will also need to pay a £250 deposit. You should not pay this until you have received your accommodation offer from our Student Housing Team. Your accommodation offer will include instructions on how to pay.
When you leave the accommodation at the end of your contract, the deposit will be refunded into the account it came from. Please note, your deposit will only be returned after all your fees have been paid, you have returned your keys and a satisfactory room check has been completed by your hall manager.
If you are late in paying accommodation fees, you will receive letters and emails requesting you pay the outstanding funds. If you ignore these, you are at risk of being evicted from your halls of residence.
You can choose to pay your tuition fees in full or in two separate instalments.
If you choose to pay in instalments, you will pay 50% of the total cost at registration minus any deposit or prepayment you have already paid. Students starting in October will pay their second instalment when they return from the winter break. Students starting in January will pay their second instalment when they return from the spring break.
We will not send you an invoice for your fees, however once you have registered, you will be able to view the fees and payments online. You will also be able to download and print your invoice if you wish. If you receive an invoice claiming to be from the University, do not reply to it. Instead, please forward it to email@example.com so we can check if it is valid.
If you do not pay your tuition fee within four teaching weeks of losing your services, you will be excluded from your course. If you are excluded, you are no longer considered a student of the University. You will not be permitted to attend lectures, or continue to use the University services or facilities.