The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Why choose Kent?
Kent is a favourite destination amongst international students for its globally recognised degrees, cosmopolitan environment and exciting work opportunities both during and after your studies.
Kent degrees are based on World Leading Research (Research Assessment Exercise) and are taught by leading academics in their fields. The university offers flexibility and choice throughout its programmes.
There are helpful pathway opportunities for international students, including English language and Foundation courses, to help you meet the requirements of your chosen degree.
Kent has partnerships with many international institutions, which create study abroad and work placement opportunities as part of its programmes. Kent graduates enjoy excellent career prospects around the world, and graduate starting salaries are within the top 20% in the UK.
The university provides dedicated support for its international students, with a choice of accommodation on campus,
Students who choose to study at Kent have the chance to study in some fantastic locations in the UK and the rest of Europe. Kent also offers generous scholarships and funding for international students. Read our further information on why students choose Kent.
- International environment
- Outstanding facilities
- What Kent students say
- The UK's European university
Did you know?
There are over 125 different nationalities represented on campus
You'll be part of a diverse community of students from around the world. Twenty five percent of our 17,000 students are international, and many more live and study abroad as part of their degree.
The University has established a number of support services to benefit its international population, with academic help, personal support and social events tailored to those studying away from their home country. Wherever you’re from, you'll feel at home at Kent.
International Students receive dedicated support from a range of teams and services at Kent, including:
International Development to help you from application to graduation, providing a welcome to Kent and a first point of contact.
Kent Union, organising societies and activities, and providing legal and visa advice
Jobshop, helping you find work while you study at Kent.
Student Learning Advisory Service, helping you develop the skills required by your programme of study.
Centre for English and World Languages, delivering courses in English language for academic purposes.
Medical Centre, offering expert care on the Canterbury campus.
Counselling service, a dedicated team of professional to help with personal needs.
Chaplaincy, a multi-faith service and a centre point for campus based spiritual life.
Library, a team of support staff dedicated to helping students with the research requirements.
Careers Advisory Service, a resource for Kent students graduating and beyond.
For detailed information on these services, read our When you are at Kent services section.
Canterbury, Medway, Brussels and Paris have much to attract and satisfy their international student population. From September to June, the population of Canterbury doubles from its influx of students, many of whom are from overseas. In the summer months, the city becomes a thriving tourist hotspot, with visitors from all over Europe and beyond.
Campus and the city
The University campus is set within 300 acres of parkland overlooking the ancient city of Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Canterbury is in easy reach of London, Paris and mainland Europe.The City is a world heritage site.It has a number of important historical buildings including Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Parish.
The Canterbury Tourist Information site can provide useful information about things to see and do around Canterbury. It also has information on the surrounding area including Herne Bay and Whitstable.It also provides information on the range of accommodation available in the Canterbury area.
The Canterbury City Council site is also a useful resource as it gives useful information about living in Canterbury and important services.
The Orange Street Music Club has a programme of comedy, music and spoken word performances that often have an international influence.
When I first arrived I thought the campus was like a very multicultural village. I am from Tanzania and in our house we had one French girl, two Spanish girls and one British guy. I made lots of friends and learnt how to mix with people from other cultures and see other lifestyles. It was great.
Campus and the city
University of Kent at Medway offers a multi-million-pound campus, with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities. You can expect high-quality teaching, learning and leisure opportunities, and an exceptional level of personal support.
The University has invested millions of pounds in new, purpose-built facilities. These include lecture theatres, teaching and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, specialist music and design studios, rehearsal rooms and workshops.
The University campus is based in Chatham Maritime and shares the campus with the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christchurch University. Chatham Dockyard is a 5 minute walk from the campus and is a world heritage site. Medway is in easy reach of London, Paris and mainland Europe.
The Visit Kent Tourist Information site can provide useful information about things to see and do around Medway and it also has information on the surrounding area. It also provides information on the range of accommodation available in Kent.
The Medway Council site is also a useful resource as it gives useful information about living in Medway and important services.
What I have loved about Medway is the fact that we have all received a lot more personal attention than you would get on a larger campus. The learning environment has really been supportive.
Brussels is home to the main institutions of the European Union and other multinational organisations such as NATO, plus NGOs, think-tanks and lobby groups, many of which contribute to the teaching at the Brussels campus.
UKB has attracted students from over 50 countries around the world, with 60% of its students coming from outside the European Union. This creates a diverse community, giving students the chance to hear the perspectives of many other nationalities. The campus is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Brussels and close to a metro station, a train station and regular bus and tram services.
The premises overlook the shared campus of our partner universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Kent students have full access to all the facilities on this campus including libraries, public computers, bars, cafés and sports facilities.
Popular attractions in the city include the Grand Place Square with its Gothic and Baroque architecture, the 15th century Hôtel de Ville, and the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula. Brussels has over 75 museums and many beautiful parks and open spaces, including the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
The Belgium Tourist Information site can provide useful information about things to see and do around Brussels and it also has information on the surrounding area. It also provides information on the range of accommodation available in Brussels.
The Official Tourism site of Brussels can also provide useful information about living in Brussels and important services in the area.
I always wanted to attend a British university, so finding one in Brussels was a winning combination. There are over 50 nationalities studying here, and you get a lot of different perspectives, which makes for some good discussions about current events and theories.
Our Paris campus is situated at Reid Hall, in the historic heart of Montparnasse, where Picasso and Modigliani had their studios, and near cafés that were frequented by Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. We are only a few minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens, which are an expansive, classically designed park, much frequented by students from the Sorbonne and other Latin-Quarter institutions.
Reid Hall occupies traditional buildings grouped around two quiet and leafy inner courtyards. It was founded as a porcelain factory in the 18th century and has served as a centre for teaching and research since 1834. A more modern wing was added to the Hall, before the Great War of 1914-1918, by expatriate architect Charles White, who also designed a house for novelist Edith Wharton.
Live in Paris and study, in English, texts by some of the greatest European and American writers, all reflecting the dynamic social and cultural life of the city. It’s a life enhancing opportunity – and it’s equally exciting for the tutors.
Kent is consistently voted one of the top UK universities in international student satisfaction surveys, and international students point to the welcoming social environment as a highlight of their Kent experience.
The student union is host to over one hundred societies and clubs, the university organises international themed events through the year, and the International and European Offices run a Welcome Week to kick start your social life… More about social life at Kent.
From theatres to recording studios, libraries to laboratories, Kent's students learn in a purpose built working environment with top of the range equipment and all that you need to bridge the transition between study and work.
Students also enjoy Kent's first class facilities through their sporting and social lives, with sports centres, nightclubs, restaurants and much more to choose from.
Making the most of the surrounding environment, Kent students at Canterbury graduate from Canterbury Cathedral and Medway students from Rochester Cathedral... More about the facilities at Kent.
Find out what Kent students say
Kent has been voted number one in south east England and London in the National Student Survey. You can find out what students are saying about their Kent experience at the international student testimonial page.
The UK's European university
At Kent we feel justified in our claim that we are the UK's European University. From courses with a European element to partnerships with over 100 European institutions, find out more about Kent's European connections.