International student ambassadors

Welcome to the UK

Discover the activities and events taking place 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.

As well as university-wide activities for you to experience, you can take part in our international orientation programme. Take part in orientation online or on-demand.

We are really excited to welcome you to Portsmouth, whether you are here with us in person or joining us online from overseas. 

Update on Welcome events

Please note that all Welcome activities have been planned in line with current Government guidance.

Due to the current UK lockdown, we have an exciting and varied programme of virtual events to welcome you to the University and help you get settled in the UK.


International Orientation events are in 2 main themes – use them to help you plan your events diary and spot the events most important to you.

Student life

Discover the opportunities available to you outside study by exploring societies, new hobbies and Portsmouth.

Support and guidance

Attending support and guidance events will help you get set up and prepared for the new year ahead.

Orientation Live Online: 21 – 31 January

We have an exciting programme of webinars and online events to help you get started at Portsmouth – we really encourage you attend these webinars.

There is a series of "Be Culture Smart" webinars for you to attend, to help you build your confidence, get motivated and be brilliant. We also have an exciting series of virtual socials and Netflix parties to help you get to know other students and settle in. There will even be a Virtual Salsa class.

Registration for these events by following the links in the timetable below.

Your virtual event timetable

Virtual International Information Fair

The Information Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to discover student services, banks, student societies and much more. And this year you'll be able to attend the Information Fair online, no matter where you are. 

The virtual fair will take place from 10.00am on:

  • Friday 29 January
  • Friday 26 February

Register for the Information Fair

Orientation On Demand Online

We understand  you may miss a session or not be able to attend an event because of the time difference between the UK and your home country.

Do not worry – we have created 'Orientation On Demand', where you can catch up on webinars, presentations and workshops, and access virtual campus tours, fitness classes and fun games and activities to help you get to know Portsmouth. 

Walking Campus Tour – Full University of Portsmouth Tour
Walking Campus Tour

Students, Amy and Joel provide a full tour of the entire University of Portsmouth campus. This tour highlights how close all of our buildings, student halls and student services are located within our city.

Amy is a first year BA (Hons) Photography student and Joel is a 2nd year BSc (Hons) Business and Information System student here at the University of Portsmouth.

Introduction to In-Sessional English at Portsmouth
In-Sessional English

Our In-Sessional English team are ready to help you develop your English for academic communication whilst studying at the University of Portsmouth.

Further guides:

Hello there and welcome to this brief introduction to ISE or in-sessional English for academic language and communication.

  • So what is ISE?
  • Who and what is it for?
  • How does it work and what should you do if you want to take part?

ISE stands for in-sessional English for academic language and communication. The in-sessional part tells you that these are courses which take place during the academic year or in session. That means all ISE courses run in both teaching block one in the fall and then again in the spring in teaching block 2.

But what is most important for the majority of students is the academic language and communication.

Academic language and communication is quite different from the kind of language and communication you might use on social media, or when you are travelling, or for meeting friends and socializing

At high school students are expected to learn knowledge and then show their teachers how well they have understood it. But at university, as some of you watching this video may already know, you will be expected to create knowledge and then present what you have created to the community other students, your tutors, even other universities.

So to create academic knowledge you will need suitable academic language. To communicate that knowledge you will need to know the conventions and traditions that we use to present ideas in speech and in writing within the British university.

So this, in a nutshell, is what ISE modules aim to do. They take the knowledge of English you have now and show you how you can apply it to your academic studies and assessments.

ISE modules are open to all students at the University of Portsmouth this includes undergraduates, postgraduates, full and part-time students, campus, online and also distance learning and exchange students. Although it is primarily designed for students who speak English as a foreign, second or additional language, students with English as a first language also sometimes take part. 

ISE offers students a suite of 18 different modules. Some of these modules focus on developing language skills, for example, using business vocabulary or developing an academic style phrase and sentence structure. 

Other ISE modules focus on the communication skills required to complete certain kinds of tasks or assessment, for example developing language for presentations, seminar and group work for science and technology students or developing critical reading skills. 

Depending on the module you choose courses last for 5, 6 or 11 weeks. Most ISE modules may be taken by both undergraduate or postgraduate students. However please note that improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing is intended for undergraduate students only while writing a postgraduate dissertation is available for postgraduate students only.

This course, writing a postgraduate dissertation is the only 11-week ISE module. All others are 5 or 6 weeks. Each week students are expected to review the material on the Moodle page and complete the exercises. The material is designed to last approximately 2 hours, but resources for further independent study are also provided for those who wish to do more.

Students communicate with each other and their tutor via a discussion forum on the Moodle page or, if they are available, during a weekly live online session.

So what do you do if you want to find out more?

The first place to go is the MyPort article hub on MyPort. Search for “ISE” and you will get the pages you need.

Links to these pages are also in the description below on the YouTube page for this video.

Click on What modules does in-sessional English offer to learn more about the range of modules

Click on How do I register for an in-sessional English module to sign up.

And if you have any other questions, you can email the ISE team here at We hope you have a happy and successful year with us and hope to see you soon.

Welcome to the Student Wellbeing Service
Get free, confidential help for a wide range of personal and emotional concerns from the Student Wellbeing Service.

Mark Harold, Wellbeing Adviser: We are the Student Wellbeing Service. 

Michelle Dadachanjii, Counsellor: As a student at the University of Portsmouth, we want you to fulfil your potential and have a life-changing student experience. At the heart of this is the personalised package of support that we offer with a focus on wellbeing and resilience that helps you to meet your academic goals. The Student Wellbeing Service is the hub for learning, advice and support for your emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

Steve Daly, Wellbeing Adviser: If you are new to university life, then you may be facing a number of life challenges. Transitioning from home to a new life, financial independence, new friendships and relationships, living independently and, of course, new academic challenges and expectations. For all students, each level of university learning comes with new challenges and different kinds of academic stress and pressure. And this year, there is the new blended and connected approach to learning with all the changes and challenges due to the global pandemic. When you're facing challenges, it is likely you will find yourself feeling stressed, worried, unhappy or anxious at times. This does not mean there is something wrong with you. Learning to cope with these challenges constructively provides opportunities for growth and personal development. The knowledge and tools you will develop, are life skills that you can take forward and use long after graduation. But if you do start to struggle at any point, please do come see us straight away. 

Mike Pink, Mental Health Adviser: The Student Wellbeing Service is a team of practitioners with a broad range of experience, expertise and skills. This allows us to provide a comprehensive package of support, including good links with the NHS and other specialist support services. We have mental health advisers, counsellors and wellbeing advisers who offer one-to-one support. Everything is set up so you can safely come in and see us for these, or you can book a phone or video call instead. Alternatively, you can text chat anonymously with our wellbeing advisers via our WhatsUp app. 

Mark Harold, Wellbeing Adviser: When you register for support with us, we will work with you to plan a personalised support pathway. This may include one or more events from our courses and workshops programme where you can learn positive wellbeing skills in relaxed and friendly online sessions. This includes our popular Be Your Own Best Friend workshop and our Compassionate Mind course. You can browse an extensive range of self-help information with our online resources. 

Ruth Geddes, Senior Wellbeing Adviser: We run a weekly wellbeing cafe. The cafe has transferred well to a virtual format, and we will be looking to arrange some safe in-person activities as the academic year gets underway. We also support students who have taken the welcome ambassador pledge and are following the University's student leadership pathway. The welcome ambassador scheme is a great way of easing the transition into Uni life by connecting with other students. Check out the welcome ambassador Facebook page for more details. 

Michelle Dadachanji, Counsellor: So, as you can see, there are a range of different options designed to give you the choice of how you may wish to use our service. For more detailed information about everything that we provide and how to access the service, please visit our website and remember, if you think you need support, please come and see us.

Welcome to The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union
Introduction to the Students' Union

Find out about how the Students' Union represents you, and how you can get involved! From paid and volunteer roles, academic representation and sports and social clubs, the Students' Union has something for everyone.

Welcome to The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union! Or as we’re more commonly known, UPSU or the Union! 

When you start at Portsmouth, you automatically get the right to join an association of students. Giving you access to a number of services and opportunities throughout your University experience.

Your Student Union is here to ensure your time at University is exactly what you want it to be. Through the Union, you can access life-changing opportunities, get support to make life easier and make sure that your student voice is empowered! 

Each year we let you vote on who leads the Union in our student Elections.

UPSU is led by 5 Elected Officers, each representing your views in a particular area. These areas are: Academic Representation, Democracy & Campaigns, Development, Learning Experience and Welfare.

The officers all work closely with other Union staff and the University to make a positive change for Portsmouth students like you!

We know that nothing’s perfect, so if there’s something that matters to you we want to help you campaign for change.

Give your voice real power! Our Have Your Say platform allows you to put forward your ideas for change and get support from other students. Get enough support then your idea will be discussed at a senior University meeting!

Got some feedback? We want to hear that too! Through our StART platform, you can tell us what you think about any aspect of your University experience. We take a regular look at the responses to see how everything is going for you.

Being away from home is an opportunity to experience new things. 

Looking to meet those with similar interests and beliefs? With our student groups, there’s sure to be something for everyone! We have interests, cultural & religious groups that will be the perfect place for you to build your own community in Portsmouth!

At the Union, we understand that some policies & procedures can be confusing and contain some complex language. We also know, now more than ever, that circumstances can change, and that shouldn’t get in the way of your education.

Our Advice service is on hand to make sure you know where you stand and what options you have. 

Empowering you to achieve the best academic outcome, no matter what your circumstances may be.

Make the most of your time in Portsmouth, there's lots to do and see in your seaside city! Get involved and feel part of something bigger...

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