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Welcome to the UK

Activities and events to help you settle into life in the UK

Stepping into a new course in a new country is an opportunity to embrace new passions, make new friends and make the most of your time as an international student.

We are really excited to welcome you to Portsmouth and as well as university-wide activities for you to experience, you can take part in our International Orientation programme in person, online and on-demand.

International Orientation Programme September 2024

Our September 2024 Orientation Programme will be taking place between 16 - 22 September 2024.

International orientation events fall into in three main themes. Use them to help you plan your events diary and spot the events most important to you.


Events introducing you to University services and the practicalities of settling into life in the UK


Opportunities to meet other International students and make new friends


Visit our sports centre and try out a new sport.

In Person Events

September 2024 in person programme will be available to view from August 2024.

Welcome Month

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Welcome to Portsmouth Treasure Hunt

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The University of Portsmouth Students' Union have created this handy, interactive guide to your first year at university.

Orientation On Demand Online

We understand you may miss a session or want to remind yourself of some of the details.

Do not worry – we have created 'Orientation On Demand', where you can catch up on webinars, presentations and workshops, to help you get to know Portsmouth. These will be uploaded to this page after the in-person events have taken place.

In-Sessional English at the University of Portsmouth

Explore our support for students with English as an additional language.

In-session English - ISE - at the University of Portsmouth 

What is In-Sessional English? 

Designed to support students for whom English is an additional language, we offer a range of modules to help you develop your academic English language skills.

Available throughout the year in 5 week periods.

Free of charge for all students.

On-campus and online modules available.

Make friends from around the University.

Develop your skills in:

  • Academic writing 
  • Critical reading 
  • Dissertation and final report writing 
  • English for communication 
  • Academic style 
  • Grammar and vocabulary 

Experience expert teaching by the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. 

For more information and to register search MyPort for ‘ISE’ or email

International Orientation Welcome Presentation

An Introduction to British Culture & Culture Workshop

Welcome to the library | University of Portsmouth

A brief welcome video introducing the University Library and its services.

Welcome to the University Library and its services.

Help and advice for new international students

Our International Student Ambassadors have curated some Top Tips to help you settle in and make the most of your time here at Portsmouth.

Top Tips for International Students

Managing Your Wellbeing When Studying in the UK

This free course, developed in partnership with Study UK and Newcastle University, is designed to support international students as you transition to life and study in the UK.

It covers a range of topics including: dealing with cultural shock; understanding the UK higher education system; building healthy habits; creating social connections; achieving study-life balance; tackling self-critical thinking; accessing help, including mental health support, and more.

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Get to know Portsmouth

Explore the immersive activities provided by local museums, galleries and the City Council to get a feel for Portsmouth – even before you arrive. Now you live in Portsmouth, it's time to live like a Pompey local.

Virtual city tour

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Explore the city

Charles Dickens birthplace puzzles

Meet the author

Get to know Sherlock Holmes

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Meet the detective

Become a Pompey fan

Take the quiz

Explore the D-Day Museum collection

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Step into history

Portsmouth artists' exhibition

Artist materials
See the exhibitions

HMS Warrior webcam

RIS Photoshoots; June 2019
See the warships

Virtual literary map of Portsmouth

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Step into literature