This article will provide the steps to follow in order to register as a student of the University of Portsmouth.


Register as a NEW International (i.e. non-EEA) student - what I need to know

How to complete registration processes for new International (non-EEA) students

In order to commence your studies with us, you will be required to register onto your course, which involves two separate steps:

  1. Check and complete the online registration form
  2. Complete a valid identity (ID) check

You should complete step one as soon as you receive an email advising you to do so. The ID check will take place within three weeks of the start date of your course.;

Step 1

Please log in to your student portal to complete the online registration form here. Please check the details we currently hold for you and add any missing information. You will also be required to upload a photo to complete the process. This should be a passport sized photo of yourself, clearly showing your face, and containing no other objects or people.

Step 2

The purpose of the ID check is to reinforce confirmation of your intention to study at the University of Portsmouth. It is an important stage in Registering as it enables us to confirm who you are on behalf of the University to organisations such as the UKVI and some banks.

The ID check will take place remotely. We will email you once we are ready for you to provide us with your ID, this will be no earlier than 3 weeks before your course start date. You will need to provide us with a copy of the personal photo page of your passport, and your UK visa and entry stamp.

If you experience any issues when completing the registration form, please contact our Registration team by completing the contact form or telephoning 023 9284 7744.


How to apply for a student card

Please go to and log in using your University username and password.

Your student card will allow you to access university buildings, the Library, student services and it will also be used for attendance monitoring. Please upload a passport sized (and quality) photo of yourself, clearly showing your face, and containing no other objects or people. On successful upload, you will receive a message on screen (not an email) confirming this.

It's very important for you to upload your photo prior to the start of term, as social distancing measures prevent us from taking your photo on campus. Find out more information about student cards.

Please note, even if you have already completed your online registration, you will still need to apply for your student card. This is a separate photo upload process to that included in the online registration form, however, you can use the same photo.

Your student card will be issued to you upon completion of your full course registration as outlined in steps 1 and 2 above.


Travelling to the UK

Please ensure that you have all travel and immigration documents in your hand luggage with you when you travel to the UK. If you have any questions relating to your arrival you can email or visit our Preparing to Travel web page.


Receiving your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

You need a biometric residence permit (BRP) when you apply to stay in the UK for more than 6 months. You don't need to apply for a BRP as well as your visa - you'll get one automatically once your visa application is approved.

You can use your BRP to confirm your identity, your right to study in the UK, and your right to any public services or benefits.

Your BRP will be issued to you once you have provided: a valid UK address, evidence that you have arrived in the UK, and are a fully registered student.

Further information on receiving your BRP will be available closer to the start of the academic year.


Where to send your Qualifications

If you didn't submit your course entry qualification check when applying to the University, please upload copies of relevant qualification documentation to your Applicant View. If you're unsure which qualifications are required, you can contact the admissions team directly through the Applicant View.