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University of Portsmouth. in England. Location. Portsmouth. United Kingdom. Location Facts. Students population 21,827 City population 197,700 Urban area population 442,252 M etropolitan area population 1,547,000
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University of Portsmouth in England
Location Portsmouth United Kingdom
Location Facts • Students population 21,827 • City population 197,700 • Urban area population 442,252 • Metropolitan area population 1,547,000 • Portsmouth is notable for being the United Kingdom's only island city
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Portsmouth Experience • Real Life Learning • State-of-the-art facilities, as well as the innovative and real-world contexts of our course • High Quality Teaching • Top 30 mainstream English universities for student satisfaction • Emphasis on Employability • Over 89 per cent of our graduates are in employment or further study and training • Outstanding facilities • Over £74 million has been invested • The City • A flat and compact city, it’s easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre
University of Portsmouth Student Union Student Union UPSU Over 100 societies and clubs 35 Sports Clubs 65 Teams 3,000 members 80 Societies
Program Structure • Portsmouth Business School • Faculty of Engineering & Technology • Faculty of Science • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Courses • Picking courses: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/atozcourselist20122013/ • First day of term: September 19th • International and EU Orientation programme: September 12-18th
Grading System • Grading starts at 0 and you earn your grade • It is much more challenging to earn an A than in the states
Academic Calendar • Autumn Term: Early September to mid December • Half Term: late October • Spring Term: Early January to Easter • Half Term: mid February • Summer Term: Easter to mid July • Half Term: late May/early June
Accommodations • Halls of residence • Halls of residence make up the majority of university-allocated accommodation • Lodgings • These are rooms in private houses where the landlord or landlady lives on the premises. • Private housing • A house or flat.
Getting a visa • Don’t freak out about it • Apply and get accepted to University of Portsmouth, keep your acceptance letter • Apply for your visa approximately 90 days before you are scheduled to enter the United Kingdom (England) • It is necessary to go turn in all documents in person at the nearest consulate • http://www.visabureau.com/uk/visa-application.aspx
Getting to Portsmouth • United States to the United Kingdom • Fly into London Heathrow Airport • Flying: To Goodwood Airport in Chichester. From there take a train into Portsmouth. • Train: All the way to Portsmouth • Bus: Many daily bus services to and from a variety of larger citiesso you would be able to take a bus to Portsmouth
Getting Around the United Kingdom • Coastal ferry services • Rail services • National Express • Greyhound/ Megabus
Getting to University of Portsmouth • Local bus service • Foot • Bike
What to bring • Umbrella • The temperature is roughly within a 20 degree range so packing is easy • Pack clothes for outdoor activities (hiking, soccer, running) if you plan to participate in them • A camera • A journal or blog…some sort of way to keep track of memories and experiences
What to bring • A few (lightweight) books or DVDs (consider bringing an e-reader to eliminate the weight of multiple books) • Pictures/mementos from home to decorate your room and help alleviate homesickness
Weather in Portsmouth *They use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit
Electricity and your stuff • Electrical current varies from outlet to outlet, so a voltage converter is not always necessary, but the chances of needing something to adapt the shape of the plug are high • The sockets have switches which turn the electricity on and off • The UK uses 220-240V
Money Matters • The British Pound Sterling currency is the GBP. Always be aware of the current exchange rate between GBP and USD • Most banks are open only during the week, from late morning to late afternoon. • If you choose to open a bank account, bring your passport and a proof of residence in England • There are many ATM’s but be careful to cover your PIN when inputting it • Many ATM’s have a charge, some don’t but you are able to use most debit cards
Staying in touch • Portsmouth is 6 hours ahead of Kansas time • The university provides free internet, so Skype, GoogleTalk, Facebook, etc. are all easily accessible means for staying in touch with friends and family from home. • Remember not to let staying in touch with people back home overshadow having new experiences abroad
Medical concerns • Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. • For prescription medicines you take every day make sure you have enough to last during your trip. Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage. • Check the Center for Disease Control’s website (www.cdc.gov) for any additional vaccines necessary before arriving in the UK.
Eating at the Student Union • 3rd Space • 901 • Café Coco • Eldon Building Art Café • Library Coffee Shop • Park Building Coffee Shop • Portland Building Coffee Shop • St. George’s Building Coffee • The Hub • The Waterhole Most students spend an average of £30 – £35 a week in food
Things to do • Shop –Within walking distance • Gunwharf Quays, which offers over 90 outlet designer shops. • Southsea has a mix of high street and independent and specialist stores • Albert Road, with its collection of independent and quirky shops, retro clothes, antiques and crafts • Eat – Variety of restaurants and cafés • Gunwharf Quays has a great range of eateries, with over 20 bars and restaurants • Southsea has a range of contemporary cafés, individual bars and restaurants to choose from
Things to do • Spinnaker Tower- Rising 170 meters tall, the tower offers amazing panoramic views over the city, the harbor, the south coast and Isle of Wight. It boasts Europe's largest glass floor and is the perfect vantage point from which to see the city.
How’s the weather? • Summer temperatures are not warm, on average at just under 70 degrees • Winter in Portsmouth has averages around just above 50 degrees • Climate can really be defined as temperate. There is not a big change throughout the year.
Useful websites • http://www.port.ac.uk/ • University of Portsmouth’s home page • International Student Guide
Contact info University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2UP Tel: 023 9284 8484 Fax: 023 9284 3082 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org