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International College Portsmouth - Navitas UK

United Kingdom


Located on the UK's South coast, International College Portsmouth (ICP) offers the fastest pathway to enrolment onto a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the University of Portsmouth.

Pathway courses are increasingly popular study options among international students interested in studying in the UK. If the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at university aren't met, then a pathways course can offer an alternative route onto the chosen degree course.

The college offers a specialised range of preparatory courses, aimed at providing a smooth transition from secondary education to a university degree. Depending on their qualifications, applicants can enrol on a Foundation Program or International First Year Degree which, upon successful completion of all modules, guarantees progression to the next stage of the undergraduate degree program at University of Portsmouth.

For those looking to further their studies at postgraduate level, the College offers pre-Master's programmes leading to Master's degree at the university, and a professionally accredited pre-MBA course for international students seeking to expand their qualifications in global business and management.

Successful applicants will study in the coastal city of Portsmouth, a student-friendly city of around 250,000 people with a large student population. Portsmouth has a rich and visible maritime heritage and is a vibrant and welcoming place to call home. Boasting miles of beautiful beaches, nature reserves and relaxing green spaces, the city is also a cultural and artistic hotspot with many restaurants, cafes, modern shopping centres and a lively nightlife scene to explore.

Students at ICP have access to all services and facilities at the university, as well as the ability to join any of the university's clubs and societies. Over the years the college has helped over 4,000 students to pursue their ambitions for higher education and progress to their chosen course at the university.

With 5,000 overseas students from over 150 countries, and a total of 25,000 students, the University of Portsmouth is a place where students can reach their full potential whilst enjoying a varied and enriching student life.

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What's new

What's new

Studying at university will be a little different this year but ICP and the University of Portsmouth are committed to delivering the same high standards of teaching and learning outcomes. After taking all necessary safety measures in accordance with the latest government guidance, the university and ICP reopened their doors on 5th October 2020. Strict Covid-19 measures are in place including one-way entry systems, temperature scanning, hand sanitising stations and more.

Courses are delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face classes, allowing students to complete much of the course remotely, and with fewer people on campus at a given time. Students who prefer to travel to campus and join for face-to-face classes are able to do this and are strongly encouraged to follow the latest government and university advice to minimise any risk for themselves or others.

On campus coronavirus test centre

In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth are offering Covid-19 testing for staff, students and the Portsmouth community. They are the first university in the country to partner with DHSC to deliver this testing service. Students, staff and the community are encouraged to visit the testing site if they display any symptoms of the virus. Appointments and same day walk-ins are available

The University of Portsmouth is also mobilising its world leading research departments to investigate the mid-long term effects of COVID-19, and campus students can participate in an ongoing study to see whether breathing muscles can be trained to improve virus recovery rates. The university is also conducting social research into the psychological effects of isolation and distancing. This research benefits the global community and will also be used to inform the university's own approach to managing the human effects of the virus during the coming months and years.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

ICP students benefit from relatively small class sizes, taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers, giving more contact time between students and staff and a more personalised learning environment. Many of the ICP teaching staff have taught and worked internationally and are able to communicate efficiently to students from all over the world, sharing their expertise and experience.

ICP and the university aim to continue providing this high standard of tuition throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and have developed a blended and connected approach to learning where students can use the university virtual learning environment and other digital tools to engage with their lecturers in a blend of online and face-to-face classes. More information about how teaching will be different this academic year is available on the university website.

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Department structure

Department structure

ICP provides a wide range of pathway programmes offering progression to a degree at University of Portsmouth. The courses are designed with international students in mind and aim to further develop subject knowledge, English proficiency and study skills.

The college offers 10 Undergraduate Pathway Programs leading to various degrees from the University of Portsmouth:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Architecture, Design and Fashion
  • Business and Management
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Law, Politics and International Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Games Technologies
  • Property and Surveying
  • Sciences

Depending on their qualifications and English proficiency, students can join a Foundation (one or two semester options available) or International First Year Degree. Students would normally need to complete their Secondary Education and hold an IELTS 5.5 (5.5) or equivalent to be eligible for the Foundation entry, or A level equivalents and IELTS 6.0 (5.5) for International First Year Degree.

There is also a Postgraduate Pathway Program offered in the following six subject areas:

  • Business and Management
  • Education
  • Finance
  • International Relations and Criminal Justice
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Science and Engineering

These preparatory courses guarantee entry to one of the postgraduate degree courses available at University of Portsmouth and are completed over the course of one semester. Students who undertake any of these courses will also improve their English language proficiency and will build a repertoire of transferable skills which will aid their university studies.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applications for ICP courses can be submitted online. The college encourages applicants from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds, and has welcomed students from over 100 countries since its opening in 2009. To enter ICP courses students must meet both the Academic and English language requirements.

The language of instruction at ICP is English. To attain entry into the undergraduate or postgraduate pathway, you must be able to demonstrate you have a suitable level of English proficiency. There are a number of acceptable assessment providers, and the university website provides a comparison list for these. Due to COVID-19, ICP are accepting online versions of these tests.

ICP offers ongoing English language support to its students throughout the course of their studies, to ensure they have the skills and confidence necessary to succeed at the University of Portsmouth.

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ICP students have full access to all the same facilities available to University of Portsmouth students. The university city campus is a hub of student activity, in close proximity to everything a student needs. The college offers a huge range of learning facilities, support services and social spaces to provide a learning environment in which students can achieve academic and personal success.

Students have access to university computer rooms, study spaces and a state-of-the-art library containing thousands of books, eBooks, journals and online resources to support its population of around 31,000 students. The campus contains top technology facilities such as the Future Technology Centre, Bloomberg Suite, Motion Capture Studio, and many other specialised tech laboratories. ICP students also have access to the university's modern sports and fitness centre, which offers a range of activities including a fully equipped gym, squash courts, multi- purpose sports hall, dance studios and a sports injuries clinic. ICP represents a diverse and multicultural demographic, and there is a free and confidential multi-faith service for anyone to use.

ICP understands that finding the right accommodation makes a huge difference to the experience of studying and living in Portsmouth. College students have access to ICP Hall of Residence and a number of University of Portsmouth accommodation options. Most rooms are self-catered with en-suite bathrooms and are located within a few minutes walking distance from campus. Rent varies between GBP 90 - GBP 165 per week, and includes wireless internet and all bills.

The campus is well serviced by local public transport routes. There are many food and drink options on site and plenty more within a five-minute walk of campus. The NatWest Student Living Index rated Portsmouth in the top 20 most affordable cities in the UK in 2020, so eating out is more accessible on a student budget.

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Fees & funding

Fees & funding

Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year range between GBP 8,000 and GBP 14,450 depending on the subject area and course duration.

Postgraduate courses cost between GBP 7,700 and GBP 7,900. This covers a course length of one semester. The college also offers a one semester pre-MBA course at the cost of GBP 10,000.

ICP offers a number of bursaries, scholarships and financial incentives which are available to all international students. There is an early payment discount, worth 10 per cent of tuition fees for the year, as well as a Progression Scholarship and Academic Merit Award, worth GBP 1,600 and GBP 500 respectively. As a member institution of the Navitas scheme, ICP runs a family bursary program to support students who are raising young families. Applications are submitted online.

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