International students at University of Portsmouth

Looking to Boost your English Skills?

Our classes and workshops can help you improve your level of written and spoken English, while you study your main course with us

Academic English is a way of writing and speaking that is unfamiliar to most people, even to native speakers of English – but it's something you'll need to succeed in your studies.

Our events and learning programmes will help you develop your knowledge of Academic English in friendly, accessible settings during your studies.

Before starting your degree course, you can also learn about academic English by taking a Pre-Sessional English course.

In-Sessional English (ISE)

Our In-Sessional English (ISE) programme is open to undergraduate students (BA, BSc) and postgraduate students (MA, MSc, PhD). ISE offers a range of short modules available in both teaching blocks.

Available modules include:

  • Collaborative working – Language skills for managing group project assignments
  • Communicating ideas visually and verbally
  • Developing an academic style (advanced and introductory)
  • Understanding pronunciation
  • Developing critical reading skills
  • Developing effective paragraphs for communicating ideas
  • Developing language for presentations, seminar and group work
  • Developing your report writing skills
  • Dissertation and final report writing for Postgraduate students
  • Taking notes and writing assignments
  • Improving your academic English for dissertation writing
  • Language for scientific report writing
  • Reporting and using sources and inspiration
  • Using business vocabulary
  • Using technology to improve your writing
  • Writing types for business and humanities students

For more information and to register please visit MyPort and search for ISE.


Global Cafe

Join us in Park Building Learning Resource Centre for cultural and language exchange activities.

1.00pm –2.00pm every Wednesday during term time. All students welcome.

Our social and cultural calendar

Our Global Office organises trips and parties throughout the year so you can visit other cities, meet English families and see our cultural landmarks. Search 'Global Office' in MyPort to see what events are coming up.

Contact us

If you have questions about how we can help you improve your English, email or call +44 (0)23 9284 6976.

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