If your home university has an exchange agreement with the University of Kent (see Exchange Partners) then please liaise directly with its study abroad office when you apply. We can only accept applications for our exchange programmes from students who have been formally nominated by their home university.

If your university does not currently have an agreement with Kent, we consider direct applications for short-term study. Please bear in mind it is your responsibility to liaise with your home institution about transferring credits for your study at Kent.


You can apply for the following short-term courses by clicking the links below. You will be taken to our online application form:

Application checklist

During the online application process, you will need to upload the following documents:

*If you will study at Kent for six months or longer, you must upload one of the approved Secure English Language Test certificates which is less than two years old as of your expected start date. 

Other languages

If you wish to take a post-beginners, Intermediate or Advanced language modules (excluding English), please upload evidence of your current level in that language in your application.    

Visa and immigration

If you will study at Kent for longer than six months

If you will study at Kent for the full academic year or for the Autumn and Spring Terms, you will need a Student Visa.

As part of your application to the University of Kent, you must submit a valid Secure English Language Test and a copy of your passport. You can find information about the English Language requirements and accepted Secure English Languages tests on our website.

When the University has confirmed that you meet the visa requirements and you have accepted the offer of a place here, the University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) for use in your Student Visa application.

If you will study at Kent for less than six months

If you will study at Kent for the Autumn Term (Fall semester) only, Spring Term only or Spring & Summer Terms (Spring Semester) only, you can enter the UK as a Visitor, because these periods are each less than 6 months. 

Students of some nationalities ​(Visa Nationals) will have to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa in advance. Please check on the UKVI website to find out if this applies to you.   

If you do not have to apply for a Standard Visitor visa in advance, you will present your papers on arrival at a UK border and have the visa stamped into your passport.  If you use the e-gates, you must retain evidence of your boarding pass as the University will request to see a copy of this when registering you as a student.

Important note

The Short-Term Study visa is NOT appropriate for you. It is only for students coming to the UK for an English Language course at a language school/provider. 

You will not be able to register at the University of Kent with a Short-Term Study Visa. 

Please see our Student Immigration website for further information.  

Tuition fees and deadlines

Start of study period at Kent Application deadline
September arrival (for Autumn Term or one academic year) 15 June
January arrival (for Spring Term or Spring and Summer Terms) 15 November
JYA English PLUS full year or part year 11 April

Tuition fees

Please see the Student Finance website for the most current fee information available.

Other living costs

Each individual student has different circumstances, so to help you estimate your living costs we provide an online calculator.

Erasmus interns/trainees

If you are coming to Kent on a student exchange and would like to do an internship/traineeship during that period:

We are not able to arrange internships or traineeships for those on a student exchange. 

If you are in the UK on a Student Visa, you must undertake full-time study at Kent, that is 120 credits (60 ECTS). 

If you wish to work at Kent as part of an Erasmus internship/traineeship:

Due to visa constraints, we cannot accept Erasmus+ internship/traineeship requests. 

If you wish to undertake research at Kent under the title of an Erasmus internship/traineeship:

Students who wish to undertake research at Kent should apply as a Visiting Student. This is not considered an internship by Kent.

Visiting students are registered as a student at Kent, and enter the country either through the Standard Visitor route (for stays of 6 months or less) or with a Student Visa. 

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