We Picked UPIC!

Denilson, Mozambique

Pre-sessional English & Foundation in Business and Management

“A friend told me about UPIC and I knew that the University of Plymouth would be the right environment for me – it’s so chilled here! I’ve been swimming since I was 5 years old and will be competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games, so it was also important that my university city had a swimming club with a good reputation.”

Mar, Spain

Foundation in Health and Human Sciences & BSc (Hons) Optometry

"My education adviser suggested UPIC when I said I was thinking of studying Optometry abroad. I’m from Madrid, where there is no sea, so Plymouth is completely different – it’s a student city, but it’s relaxed here and you can walk everywhere! I thought it would be hard for me to adjust to life in the UK, but the college support team are friendly and helpful."

Cherylnn, Singapore

Foundation in Navigation, Marine and Ocean & BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

“I spent 3 years in the Singapore Armed Forces but knew that I wanted to study Marine Biology. After meeting Dan from the University of Plymouth at an education fair, I found out that Plymouth had an excellent reputation in the field and that UPIC could help me progress to the University with the qualifications that I had. I love living by the sea!”


Marwan, Egypt

Foundation in Architecture and Design & BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

“The tutors are brilliant. My degree is a good mix of creative architectural design and engineering, I love living by the sea and I’ve got a part-time job in customer service here.”

Anastasiia, Russia

Foundation in Navigation, Marine and Ocean & BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

“I’m on track for a First and want to get a PhD. My Microbiology professor recommended that I get in touch with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and I’ve been working on a Vietnamese algae project, which has been an amazing experience.”

Linh, Vietnam

Foundation in Maritime Business and Logistics

“The best thing about UPIC is the people; when I first came everyone helped me find my feet. I’m in the second semester of my foundation programme now – I’m proud of my exam results so far and my English has really improved.”


Falah, Kuwait

Foundation in Engineering and Design & BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

“Studying at UPIC was great. I felt like I was better prepared than students joining the course in first year.”

Waiganjo, Kenya

Foundation in Environmental Sciences, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science & MSc Applied Marine Science

“Plymouth has a good pace of life and a good quality of life – it’s different from somewhere like London. I got a First in my Bachelors and was awarded a scholarship for my Masters after working in a children’s home in Kenya for a year.”

Nimota, Nigeria

Foundation in International Relations and Politics & BSc (Hons) International Relations with Politics

“My proudest achievements to date have been attending the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and being appointed the VC of the University’s Equestrian Society.”