Study Abroad in Portsmouth, England

The historic city of Portsmouth with its neighboring Victorian seaside town of south sea is an ideal place in which to live and study. The university’s excellent academic reputation, up-to-date facilities and lively social scene together with the city’s colorful past and its optimism for the future, offer the student a stimulating atmosphere in which to learn.

The city of Portsmouth, surrounded by the waters which have brought fame and fortune through the ages, is located on Portsea Island on the south coast of England. To the north lie rolling downs, to the south the busy shipping lanes of the Solent and the picturesque Isle of Wight. Langstone Harbor to the east is a sheltered sanctuary for many species of wildlife and the Naval Dockyard to the west has been in existence since the days of Richard the Lionheart.

Portsmouth is ideally located with frequent train services to London, Brighton and Southampton, and the West Country. Major airports are within easy reach and ferries depart regularly from the Continental Ferry Port near the City Centre for the Normandy coast and the north of Spain.

The University

The University of Portsmouth has three campuses:

The main Guildhall Campus is in the heart of Portsmouth City center. It comprises a number of individual buildings which are well integrated within the City. The Milton Campus is 3 km to the east of the Guildhall Campus. A free mini bus service connects the two, together with a cycle route and free bicycle loan scheme. Milton Campus is the home of the University of Portsmouth’s Business School and has its own library, Student Services and Students’ Union facilities. Langstone Campus is a further mile to the east, and overlooks Langstone Harbor, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. It houses halls of residence, a health centre, and the University of Portsmouth’s outdoor sports facilities including a new all-weather sports pitch for football and hockey.

The Business School

The University of Portsmouth Business School offers a wide range of undergraduate courses, all of which incorporate up to the minute knowledge and skills and which enable students to benefit from considerable flexibility and choice of study. All degree courses at the Business School share common structure and regulations, creating flexibility to transfer between some courses.


The Business School is continuing to expand its portfolio of courses in line with developments in academic knowledge and demand for applicants. Current courses offered at the Business School include:

Accounting (with Finance and Business Law), Accountancy Studies, Accounting and Business Information Systems, Business and Sports Administration, Development Economics, European Economics, International Finance and Trade, Business Studies/Administration, International Business Studies, European Business, Hospitality Management (with Tourism), Economics (with Business Law), Business Economics (with French, Spanish, German, or Russian), Economic and Business Policy, Economics and Economic History, Economic and Social History, Economics and Geography, and Financial Services.

The Students' Union

The University’s Students’ Union is the heartbeat of the University. There is more to life than studying, and the main aim of the Union is to give students a wider student experience. The Union perceives its mission as being to enhance the student experience at the University via student involvement and support. The Union is committed to increasing significantly the opportunities available to students for personal development.


Portsmouth is a scattered university city, with a wide range of suitable student accommodation throughout an area popular with students, amongst night spots and reasonably priced eating places. Many students decide that sharing a house or flat with friends is a great way to enjoy life in Portsmouth, but there are also many opportunities to live as part of a family, with meals and home comforts provided.

Halls Of Residence

Halls of residence are not as central a feature of student life in Portsmouth as at some other universities. This is because of the unique geography of the Portsmouth and South sea area which, as an island, is all part of the University community. Because of Portsmouth’s links with the local community, the university offers a more diverse student experience than many isolated ‘campus’ universities. The university has four groups of halls of residence in the city, all of which have fully furnished study bedrooms with either catered or self-catering facilities.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available through the WCU financial aid office. For exchange programs, students’ financial aid package includes: WCU tuition and fees, room and board, as well as the cost of the airline ticket, health insurance, in-country personal expenses, passport and visa. The amount of aid given will differ with each program. In order to determine the financial aid package for the entire duration of the study abroad, students need to submit a current free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and a Personal Data Sheet to the financial aid office. Students are required to pass 12 credit hours of coursework each semester when studying abroad or lose their financial aid.

Who May Participate?

WCU undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing (2.75 GPA) may participate in the study abroad program to the University of Portsmouth Business School. Undergraduates who have completed most of the 200-300 level courses in the Business Foundations of Knowledge can participate. Graduates especially need to discuss transfer of credits with their advisors before embarking on a study abroad program.

Transfer Of Credit

Students planning to study abroad must seek prior approval from their advisors for any course work to be taken while abroad. The Office of International Programs and Services assists students with this process before they go abroad and when they return.

Student Cultural And Sports Life

The student sports life at Portsmouth is varied and lively. As well as participating in many sports, students also have the opportunity to assist with the running of the sports clubs. Students currently run approximately 60 sports clubs ranging from scuba diving and soccer to rugby and swimming. These organizations are funded through the Union and can enable students to enrich their time at Portsmouth. The Union can host websites for any club, either created by their members or created from information submitted.

Student Services Center

There are two centers, one based in Gun House on the Guildhall campus and the other on the Milton campus. Each center offers a ‘drop in’ service; if student needs an answer to a question, would like some advice or need some information then student is welcome to either telephone or call in. The International office also provides additional support. The following support services are available to all students at the University:

International Student Advisers: Legal Advice, Careers Service, Counseling Service, Disability Coordinator Student Finance Centre, Health Promotion Adviser, Langstone Medical Centre, University Nursery, Music Department

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