University of Portsmouth


Location Portsmouth, England
Established 1869
Percent International Students 21
Famous For Business, Technology, Science
International Fees £14,300-16,400


The University of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England, about 120km southwest of London. There are over 24,000 students enrolled, 5,200 of which are international.

Portsmouth is a modern, multi-disciplinary university offering practical courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research level across five faculties. Most bachelor's degrees include a one year paid work placement and the University is currently ranked 21st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020), and is rated highly for student satisfaction and graduate employment.

Portsmouth strengths lie in geology, earth and environmental sciences, pharmacy and sport science, psychology, mechanical engineering, software engineering, computing and computer science, law, criminology and criminal justice, forensic studies, international relations, journalism, architecture and property development. There is a full portfolio of business courses available including economics, accounting, finance, human resource management and law.

The University is also partnered with International College Portsmouth - Navitas who deliver Foundation Year, International Year One and Pre-Masters courses.

Services for International Students

The University of Portsmouth offers Pre-sessional English language courses for students who have applied to the University for all levels of study. Portsmouth also offers classes in English for Academic Purpose during term time to help students adjust to the English university system and ensure that they are fully equipped to write essays and reports and to make effective presentations. Topics include essay writing, presentations, grammar and academic style and critical thinking. All EAP classes are free of charge for the first year.

There is a dedicated team of International Student Advisers who support students with everything from pastoral care and visa advice to joining the University and social events.


  • 72nd in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 66th in the Guardian University Guide 2021

Portsmouth was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and, internationally, was ranked in the top 150 of young universities in Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019 and in the top 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. Portsmouth is also in the top 10 of the UK's most affordable cities for students in the Natwest Student Living Index 2019.

Following the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 89% of Portsmouth research conducted in Physics, and 90% of research in Allied Health Professions (e.g. Dental Therapy, Nursing and Pharmacy), was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.


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