Centre for English and World Languages

high quality language and pathway programmes

Short Courses in English Language and Culture at Kent

  • Farewell ceremony
    "Language support in the classes was great. The teacher was able to consolidate the cultural experiences with classroom practice" ~ Richard Caraker, Associate Professor of English (Nihon University, Japan)
  • Canterbury
    "After we have returned to Japan, we find that our students are more interested in their English studies." ~ Natsuki Okuno, Kobe Women's University
  • Taste of Japan
    "I enjoy bringing students to Kent as they get to see things they are not familiar with. They are amazed by the heritage and the landscape. Also, their attitude to study seems to change by the end of the course and they are more willing to use English." ~ Professor Kinoshita, Kobe Women's University

English Short Courses

We have been providing short summer courses for visiting groups of international university and school students for more than 20 years. Your students stay on our Canterbury campus and take part in a range of social, cultural and sporting activities in addition to their English language tuition.

Bring your students to the University of Kent to boost their skills and confidence in English and explore the rich history and culture of this beautiful region of the UK.

Why Choose Kent?

On our short summer courses, your students can enjoy studying at a top-ranking UK university on the outskirts of the historic city of Canterbury.

The University of Kent attracts a large number of international students, thanks to its global reputation for academic excellence and inspirational teaching. The University has been awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Situated in the south-east of England, the University’s Canterbury campus is less than one hour away from London by high-speed train and only a 25-minute walk from Canterbury city centre. In the city your students can explore the historic sites, including the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral, and enjoy the wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants.

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What will the students do?

The weekly schedule for your course will include:
• daily classes in reading, writing, listening and spoken English
• cultural and educational visits
• sports and social activities
• free time at weekends to arrange your own activities and outings.

Our courses are flexible and we can tailor them to include your specific requirements.

Example of programme timetable:

short courses programme timetable

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How will my students benefit?

Our courses aim to provide your students with opportunities to:
• activate and further develop their English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing
• consolidate their use of grammar
• extend their vocabulary range
• improve their pronunciation
• increase their confidence in the use of English by developing their communication skills
• develop intercultural awareness and an understanding of life in the UK.

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Your group stays in our student accommodation on campus, in shared houses or other residences. You can choose between private or shared bathrooms. We offer full board, bed and breakfast or self-catering
meal plans.

kent accommodation

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We offer a range of fun sports and social activities both in Canterbury and on campus, including:
• quizzes and film evenings
• pub and café evenings
• sports events with other international students studying at the Centre for English and World Languages
• the option to join the Sports Centre.

We also organise activities to give your students a flavour of the culture and history of the region. For instance, these may include:
• organised excursions to London, Dover and Leeds Castle
• cultural exchanges with other students.

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English Short Courses leaflet

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Contact us

For more details, please contact:
The Centre for English and World Languages
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NZ
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1227 824401
E: englishshortcourses@kent.ac.uk

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Centre for English and World Languages, Chipperfield Building, University of Kent, CT2 7PE

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 11/10/2018