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Applying from Rwanda?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from Rwanda and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from Rwanda

If you're joining us from Rwanda, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you have completed the Rwanda O-Level Certificate or Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires, you'll need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree.  If you have completed the Rwanda Advanced Certificate, you may be considered for the International Year One.

We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

If you want to enrol for an undergraduate degree, we will consider students who have taken GCE A-level examinations, the International Baccalaureate, Diplome de Bachelier, Foundation or completed the first year of university. Please see the course pages for specific entry requirements.

Students with a Certificate of HE or Higher National Diploma (HND) may also be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme.

We are happy to consider strong and mature applicants for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree programme on a case by case basis.

For specific grades required, please refer to the course page.

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours, awarded by a recognised university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University of Portsmouth.
You will need to have studied relevant subjects to be accepted onto many of our postgraduate courses. Some courses will also ask for work experience. Please see our full course list for more details.
If you have an Ordinary Bachelors Degree (without Honours), or don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. You can see which tests we recognise and specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept iGCSE and O-Level English Grade C or above and several other certificates such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL and Duolingo - but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Uganda, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Rwanda, you may be eligible for a scholarship. You can find out what is available to you on our funding pages

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Southern Africa:

Agents in Rwanda

Globe Education Consult Ltd

No. 104 Ground Floor - Irembo Houses
Plot 21320 Main Airport Road

Tel: 0788306952
Email: manzi2tonny@gmail.com

S3 Education

1st Floor, Ikase House
KG 11 Avenue

Tel: (+250) 785 616 617
Email: desmond@s3education.comrwanda@s3education.com

Website: s3education.com


Yyussa Plaza, 1st Floor,
Opp. Chez Lando Hotel, Kisementi,
Remera, Kimironko Road
KG 11 ST, Kigali

Tel: (+250) 785 556 511
Email: info@uniserveducation.com

Website: uniserveducation.com

Events in Rwanda

S3 Education

Location: Kigali

Date: Monday 18 September 2023

Emily Chepkosgei, Regional Manager (East & Southern Africa will be taking part in the Rwanda events in September 2023

UniServ Rwanda

Location: Kigali

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Emily Chepkosgei, Regional Manager (East & Southern Africa will be taking part in the Rwanda events in September 2023