International Students

International Student Ambassadors

Abdulhakim Aleidi (Hakim)

Your University of Portsmouth experience

Since I come from Saudi, where the University in my city is located outside of the urban area as one big educational centre, people mostly commute to the university. When I first arrived at Portsmouth I was a bit confused because of the different location of the buildings which all belong to the University of Portsmouth.

In fact, these buildings are spread around so I had to quickly adapt to the new environment. Despite the hard work and effort required as a student, the university life is really enjoyable. It gives you many opportunities to get you prepared for professional life, as well as meeting new students from all around the world.

In order for the student to settle and focus on their studies, the University of Portsmouth offers many services that deal with all possible problems a student may face. 

What makes Portsmouth unique?

Portsmouth is a coastal city, hence the beautiful seafront which adds a huge amount of attraction. Additionally, to eyewitness some interesting history, the city is home to some of the south coast’s historic sites such as the Historic Dockyard and Southsea Castle.

Places like the Canoe Lake, Southsea Common, Southsea shopping centre and Gunwharf Quays are wonderful sites to visit during weekends.  Another advantage of this great city is how easy it is to travel from/to Portsmouth as trains and coaches are linked directly to the heart of London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. There are also regular ferries to France and Spain.

On top of that, Portsmouth Football Club is located right in the heart of the city. Attending a football game represents an incredible experience for the great atmosphere.

Your extra-curricular activities

I enjoy the weekly running along the coast with Southsea Parkrun, as well as getting involved in some sports supported by University of Portsmouth sports societies and the gym.