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Short courses for international students

Whether you want to get a head start in your studies or need to upgrade your qualifications, there are a variety of options available.

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) prepares international students for academic study on a range of undergraduate degree programmes.

If you complete your IFP course successfully and meet the progression rules, you are guaranteed a place on an undergraduate degree course.

IFP students are full members of the University with access to University accommodation and all academic, welfare, social and sport facilities on campus.

Kent International Foundation Programme

Pre-sessional courses

These specially designed courses prepare international students for study at Kent. As well as improving your English, you develop skills in:

  • UK academic culture
  • academic reading, writing, critical thinking and using academic sources
  • note-taking in lectures
  • speaking in seminars and delivering presentations; and using the facilities, IT systems and e-learning platforms on campus.
Pre-sessional courses

Summer schools and short courses

Summer schools can be studied for personal interest, professional training or as preparation for further learning. We offer a range of subjects including Architecture, Business, Psychology and more.

We also offer a range of short summer courses for both groups and individuals.

See all Summer Schools and short courses

Gain academic credit

Our short-term programmes (including Junior Year Abroad and Erasmus exchange) allow international students to spend a year or a semester at Kent, and gain academic credit from a leading British university.

Choose from a range of programmes to suit your academic ability, level of proficiency in English and the amount of time you would like to spend abroad.

Browse short-term programmes
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