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The Study Abroad programme

Studying at an overseas university that doesn't have an existing partnership with us? There's still the chance to study with us

Are you an undergraduate at a university outside the UK that doesn't have an exchange agreement with the University of Portsmouth? The Study Abroad programme gives you the chance to study with us for one term or a full academic year.

When you apply to come to Portsmouth on the Study Abroad programme, you'll choose to study in the faculty that best corresponds with your current studies – either Business and Law, Science and Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative and Cultural Industries, or Technology.

To join us for September entry (for either a full year or 1 term exchange), you need to get your application to us by 19 August 2019. For January entries (1 term exchange only), the closing date for applications is 9 December 2019.

You'll pay fees for the duration of your stay – the following figures are for our undergraduate Study Abroad programme, and are accurate for the 2019/2020 academic year:

  • If you're an EU national, you can expect to pay £4,625 for one term, or £9,250 for a full academic year
  • If you're a non-EU national, you can expect to pay £6,000 for one term, or £12,000 for a full academic year

We also offer some opportunities to join the Study Abroad programme at postgraduate level – if you're a postgraduate student who is interested in studying here, please email studyabroad@port.ac.uk for more information.

You'll study in classes, go to lectures, seminars and tutorial classes with our other full-time students, and gain invaluable first-hand experience of studying in a different academic environment.

Your home university will have to approve your exchange to Portsmouth, but assuming they do, at the end of your studies, you'll receive a transcript that shows the academic credits you've gained with us, which can be transferred back to your home institution.

To find out more about how to apply, our entry requirements, our modules catalogue, our application deadlines and more, read our frequently asked questions below – or if you're ready to take your interest further,  email us at studyabroad@port.ac.uk.

I want to study in Portsmouth – what are my next steps?

If you’re interested in studying in Portsmouth as an undergraduate, the first thing to do is to email us at studyabroad@port.ac.uk. Our Exchanges and Study Abroad team will get back to you, and together you can begin planning your overseas adventure. They can answer any other questions you might have about what the Study Abroad Programme involves.

Before you contact us, you can take a look at the modules you could study as part of your course in Portsmouth, at our Choose what you'll study page. If you're interested in applying at Master's level, you can email studyabroad@port.ac.uk for more information.

Frequently asked questions about the Study Abroad programme

How do I apply?

When you apply to come to Portsmouth on a 'Study Abroad' programme, you'll choose to study in whichever of our 5 faculties – Business and Law, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative and Cultural Industries or Technology – best corresponds to your current studies.

There are 2 times in the year when you can apply. If you're applying to join us for September entry (for either a full year or 1 term), you'll need to get your application to us by 19 August 2019. For January entries (1 term exchange only), the closing date for applications is 9 December 2019.

As part of your online application, you'll need to submit the following supporting evidence:

  • An academic transcript and one reference from your home university
  • A copy of ID card/passport
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if required; this can also be provided at a later stage)

How much are the fees for the Study Abroad programme?

The following fees are accurate for the 2019/2020 academic year:

  • If you are an EU national, you can expect to pay £4,625 for one term, or £9,250 for a full academic year.
  • If you are applying from outside of the EU, you can expect to pay £6,000 for one term, or £12,000 for a full academic year. 

How do my grades in Portsmouth affect my degree mark at home?

As with our other exchange options, you can transfer the credits you gain while you study on the 'Study Abroad' programme so they count towards your degree at your home university. How these credits are transferred depends on where your university is based, so please speak to your Study Abroad Office coordinator for more information.

What are the English language requirements for the Study Abroad programme?

Minimum English language level (for students whose first language is not English) is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no component less than 5.5. A few subject areas require IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

Do I need a Visa to do the 'Study Abroad' programme?

If you're applying from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), you will need a visa to study in the UK. There are a few different types of visa available from the UK government, but the type of visa most students will need is a Tier 4 (General) student visa. 

If you’ll only be studying with us for one term, you may be able to apply for a short term study visa, but this has a few more restrictions, which are outlined on the UK government website. You can find out more about Tier 4 and other visas on our visa advice pages.

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