International Student Life in Portsmouth


Our Mission

Friends International supports and is all about helping International & EU students in the UK. Studying in another country can be great fun and very rewarding, however, it can also sometimes bring challenges; a new language, a different culture, and getting to know new people.

We are here to help you enjoy your time in Portsmouth to the full extent. Throughout the year we run various activities including trips to local areas of interest, local walks & the opportunity to enjoy our "Visit a Local Home" activity; BUT our BIGGEST event is the weekly International Cafe where a group of us local British volunteers meet in a local café or a pub to have a coffee or tea. This includes great conversations, practicing your English, meeting new people and making new friends.  We are also here to help you adapt in any way we can while you are here.

Come along to these events and make new FRIENDS, eat good FOOD, have a lot of FUN! Many of our events are FREE!

Friends International is a Christian charity working in most university towns and cities in the UK. The team in Portsmouth is made up of volunteers from local churches who want to offer help, friendship and a warm welcome to all international and EU students studying in the University or language schools. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and backgrounds to all our events.


Friends International Portsmouth

Since 2006, Friends International Portsmouth has been providing students with a rich & diverse programme of events and activities for International & EU students. Our unparalleled methods help to launch students into building relationships and experience the British culture while here in the UK. We always encourage both staff and students to grow, learn and create each day.

We are here to help you enjoy your time in Portsmouth to the full.  We aim to help you meet the locals, provide opportunities for you to learn about Great Britain and British culture and to use your English.  We also want you to meet other internationals and learn each other's cultures.


Meet our Team

We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive volunteers. Our volunteers are passionate about making a difference in students lives, through their tireless dedication and drive to communicate with them and spend time helping in what is needed. Get to know our committed team and their role in continuing our tradition of  excellence in transforming students, transforming nations.

Wynelle Cowdery

Staff Worker

Our Valued Volunteers

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Fun! Food! Friends!

Two ways to join us :)


Great Sunday roast with our International & EU students this afternoon.  Lots of fellowship and deli

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Wowza! What an amazing bunch!  Had so much fun with you all today😋. Thank you for coming and hangin
Wandering Traveler

What will 2020/21 hold?

Life Leadership 2021


LIFE LEADERSHIP is a 3-day retreat for international students who want to rise to the challenge of leadership and excel.

It is a gathering of international students who come to learn invaluable leadership lessons and to reflect on the impact that their character has on their effectiveness as leaders.

We will...

  • Explore the principles of LIFE

  • Reap the benefits of both the major presentations and interaction with other international students.

  • Expect to be challenged mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually


NEXT year dates are January 7-10 , 2021

Details to follow

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We have the perfect app for helping you find out more about

British culture!

It's called LIFEUK and it has everything in it from university life, British food, medical issues, transport & accommodation to shopping, communications, money and holidays, etc!

It is really easy to use and you can download it now from the app store - LifeUK on Android and Life uk - Friends International on Apple iPhone.


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Thomas Edison


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