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:

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 Fall or Spring Semester only, you can enter the UK as a Visitor, presenting your papers on arrival at an UK airport 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.

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. 

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.

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