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Starting your social life at uni

Discover the upcoming social events for international students

University life is about much more than just studying. Discovering the local culture and exploring your new hometown – and the country around it too – is a big part of what makes studying abroad so memorable.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events and activities for all our students. Take a look below for a small sample of the activities happening this year.

Due to Covid-19, we have had to reduce our offering of in-person social events in Teaching Block 1, but rest assured we are working on some exciting events for Teaching Block 2, including our ever-popular coach trips.

In the meantime, we will be offering an array of smaller social events and virtual social events. We’ll let you know about these via our Facebook Page and the WeAreGlobal newsletter, so keep a look out for further announcements!

You can also get involved with cultural events throughout the year, from Christmas Vacation socials to Chinese New Year celebrations, and even our Global Week - a week long programme of events, lectures and sports sessions to celebrate diversity here in Portsmouth. Keep up to date on these events on our official Global Community Facebook group

Social Events

As well as a whole Welcome Month of activities for you to experience, you can take part in our international orientation programme. Join our in-person orientation activities, and take part in orientation online or on-demand.

View and book onto our International Orientation via MyPort

HOST UK is a scheme where you can spend a day or weekend with a British family anywhere in the UK. You will get to learn more about British culture and share your culture with them. This is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in British culture and to make new friends along the way. Contact us for details on how to apply.

  • Weekend visit: £25
  • Day visit: £15
  • The cost of travel is extra.

Meet once a month for friendly and relaxed discussions on books, poems and short stories. The Book Club is a great place to meet new people, practice your English skills and enjoy talks and visits about other places associated with books and reading in Portsmouth!

Once a year, Book Club takes part in World Book Night celebrations and take books to communities outside the university, getting to know new people and new places.

For more information, contact rhiannon.thomson@port.ac.uk

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday during term time.

If you'd like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You'll meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat. All students are welcome.

Join us on Moodle for updates, venues, theme announcements and online conversation.

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