About the University of Portsmouth
The University of Portsmouth is truly an international university, in that approximately 3,600 of its 22,000 students are from countries other than England. Students seeking a truly international, multicultural academic and living experience should consider the programs available.
The University is in the heart of the ancient seafaring city of Portsmouth and much of the students' time will be spent within a 10 minute walk from the harbor or waterfront. A complimentary and frequent bus service is provided to students throughout the day. The history of the University dates back to 1870. Since awarding its first degree the University has maintained its commitment to promoting and maintaining excellence in teaching and research across its five faculties. Faculty and students are very proud of the University's extensive research program, its international reputation, and its excellent record of graduate employment (97%). The last few years have seen a rapid growth. Large investments have been made to provide state-of-the-art teaching and living accommodations in the city center. Historical buildings on campus have been attractively refurbished.
Portsmouth is on England's southern coastline and is located on an island between Bournemouth and Brighton. London is just 80 minutes away by train. Its history and heritage are tied closely to the sea and today the most common site from its ancient walls are the car and passenger ferries that make numerous crossing daily to continental Europe, namely to France and Spain. A medium sized city, Portsmouth offers students many attractions such as sports facilities, swimming pools, museums, cinemas, theaters, libraries, and a wide variety of social venues. The city center is only five minutes away from the majority of the university buildings, so shopping, entertainment, and bus and train stations are very convenient. The second busiest ferry port city in Britain, Portsmouth's economy is flourishing, with major companies in high technology, engineering, and financial services. Such companies as IBM, Pall Europe, British Aerospace, Ford, and Zurich Financial Services are established in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. Old Portsmouth, a popular tourist destination, offers tourists and students alike numerous restaurants, shops, and opportunities for exploring historical sites. Being a coastal and island city, Portsmouth offers a safe and enjoyable location to live, work, and study. Students find the air clean and the people friendly. Portsmouth is one of England's sunniest cities due to its sheltered location. Rainfall is lower than the national average and snow is very unusual. The city is also affordable for students, having a nightlife that has grown around the student population. Many of the local clubs and sports centers offer student discounts. In summary, Portsmouth is a student-friendly city, one that welcomes students and endeavors to make the students' stay enjoyable.
Visit the University's website at: http://www.port.ac.uk/
The University of Portsmouth offers you the opportunity to:
- Live and study in one of the world's most rewarding and cosmopolitan environments,
- Receive instruction in small classes, seminars, and tutorials from members of the faculty of the University of Portsmouth,
- Improve your writing and research skills,
- Have total integration with students from the University of Portsmouth as well as international students.
Your experience on the University of Portsmouth Program will:
- Integrate you into British society an the British educational system,
- Make you a better student,
- Expand your outlook on the world,
- Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
- Greatly enhance your career prospects.
At the University of Portsmouth you will:
- Live with British students,
- Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation to study at the University of Portsmouth that will maximize the benefits of your semester/year of study.
NOTE: US Citizens do need a visa in order to study in the UK. After being accepted to the program, Brockport will help guide you through the application process. For information about the process, visit our UK Visa page.
Housing & Orientation
Students will be housed in on-campus student housing. Most of the university halls are within a convenient walking distance from teaching buildings. The university also has several styles of rooms to choose from. Students are responsible for applying for and paying for their own housing for Portsmouth.
All students are expected to participate in the special induction and orientation program provided by the International Recruitment Office. In addition to receiving important information on living and studying in Portsmouth, students will meet teaching and support service staff who are there to answer questions students may have. The program also includes academic, cultural, and social events to prepare the students for their time in England and Portsmouth. A team from the Office and a number of International Student Assistants will be available during the 4-day program to assist new arrivals in settling in and enjoying the first few days in Portsmouth. By the time classes begin students will know their way around the campus and the city.
Fees for the Brockport University of Portsmouth Program
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Fall 2017)
$4,954.24 (Estimated NYS Resident Exchange Cost)
$9,064.24 (Estimated Non-NYS Resident Exchange Cost)
Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Spring 2018)
Exchange NYS Resident - $5,006.55 est.
Exchange Non NYS Resident - $9,356.55 est.
- TUITION (at Brockport and at the University of Portsmouth*)
- Exchange Program: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Program acceptance fee
- Pre-departure orientation materials
- On-site orientation at Portsmouth
- Portsmouth University Study Abroad Office Services
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
- SUNY International Health Insurance
- Various campus-specific fees*** (college fee, technology fee, etc.).
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare to and from England
- Travel while in England
- Personal Expenses
As a very rough guide, a participant in the Brockport Portsmouth Program will need around £500 to £600 per month to pay for daily local travel, textbooks and other school supplies, entertainment, meals and other necessities.
Financial aid applies towards fees. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school. If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
** The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
*** Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
NOTE: If you decided to apply for the exchange program at Portsmouth please remember exchange spots are limited and first come first serve. Please contact our office for more information.
Participants in Brockport's University of Portsmouth program will normally earn a total of 12-15 credits during the spring semester and 30 during the full academic year.
In order to earn 15 US credits per semester, students should register for 60 UK credit points per semester.
Under the Exchange program, students may enroll in appropriate units in the following schools:
A Special Note About Fall Study:
Many universities in the UK traditionally conclude their fall courses after the Christmas break with a final examination period in January. In order to avoid any possible inconvenience for students, the Office of International Education at Brockport strongly recommends that prospective students interested in studying at Portsmouth for the fall semester meet prior to application with a member of the advising staff to discuss what options may exist. As some departments at Portsmouth will allow for alternative assessments to be arranged while others will not and we need to approach each application on a case-by-case basis with our partners at the University of Portsmouth.
View a list of the possible academic subjects offered by the University of Portsmouth as well as all of Brockport's university programs in England, here: Academic Subjects- Programs in England.pdf
Fall 2017 (est.): September 11th, 2017 - December 15th, 2017
Spring 2018 (est.): January 8th, 2018 - June 1st, 2018
Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.