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Immerse yourself in other cultures

Find out how you could work or study abroad as part of your course, and where in the world you might get to go

Studying or working abroad as part of your course

Depending on what you choose to study, you could work or study abroad as part of your degree. As a global university, we’re strong believers in the benefits of living, working and studying abroad.

Whether you pitch up in Paris, Milan or Shanghai, time spent in a different country could broaden your cultural and professional horizons, improve your language skills, and help you stand out when  your start your career.

You can work or study abroad (but not both) for as little as 2 months or as long as a year. Don’t worry if you can’t speak another language – it isn’t always a requirement.

You’ll have to get the agreement of the School or Department that runs your course to work or study abroad, but applying is straightforward.

When you’re away from Portsmouth, your time abroad will carry credit towards your degree here. You’ll also be covered by our insurance, and we’ll always be on hand to help, even if you’re on the other side of the world.

To find out more about how to apply, visit our Exchanges and Study Abroad pages.

Summer schools

Our Summer Schools are another way you can experience life in a different culture while studying with us. You can choose from 3 Summer School destinations:

  • India in December

  • China in June

  • Malaysia in August

Each summer school lasts approximately 2 weeks. You’ll balance lessons with visits to local places of interest and sightseeing trips.

You’ll interact with students every day at our host institutions, learn more about the local language and culture, and attend lectures and lessons in subjects as varied as e-commerce, philosophy, art, cookery and martial arts.

Local visits include notable businesses, schools, art districts, temples and other famous landmarks. Our staff will supervise and accompany you on the trip so you don’t need to worry about organising things.

To find out more, visit our International Summer Schools page. 

Learn a foreign language

Learning another language is a great way to broaden your horizons, make yourself more employable and immerse yourself in another culture. Our Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) is a free programme open to every campus-based, full-time student at the University. Regardless of what you're studying, you can learn a language alongside your degree.

You can choose from these 8 languages:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

We run day and evening classes to cover every level of ability, so whether you're a complete beginner or looking to develop your existing skills, we've got you covered. We'll assess you first to put you in the right group for your level of experience.

You can choose to study a language for 1 year, for your own interest and enjoyment – or make your classes count as credits towards your final degree by studying 2 years of the same language. If you choose the 2 year option, you'll earn an IWLP certificate, aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL). The details of each route are outlined below.


In your first year, you can study a language but it won't count towards your degree. After your first year, you can choose to study a language as a 20-credit option in your second year.


Starting in your second year, you'll study your language as one of your 20-credit options. In your final year, your language classes won't count as one of your 20-credit options, but you'll continue to study the same language in addition to your degree.

To find out more about the IWLP, email
Studying in China as a student

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