Semester abroad

Semester abroad

If you are not able to study at Kent for a full academic year, you could come for one semester

There are two semester options, you can come for the Fall or the Spring depending on what works best for you.

Fall semester

The fall semester runs for three months from September to December (the autumn term at Kent). Students choose modules worth 60 credits from those offered in the autumn term.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the fall semester is 15 June. Early application is recommended.

Spring semester

The spring semester runs for five months from January to June, (the spring and summer terms at Kent). Students choose modules worth 60 credits from those offered in the spring term and must stay for examinations in the summer term.

Application deadline 

The application deadline for the spring semester is 15 November. Early application is recommended.

Choosing modules

Students can choose modules from Stages 1, 2, or 3 of any undergraduate degree, giving you a lot of flexibility in your studies. If you wish to take a module within a new subject area it is advisable to choose from the Stage 1 modules, which are at an introductory level. Please bear in mind that your choices will need to be approved by the academic school. It is important that you choose your modules carefully, selecting topics that you are interested in and that are suitable for your level of knowledge.

Examinations are held during the summer term. However, if you are coming to Kent for the fall semester (autumn term) only, and wish to choose a module that includes an examination, it may be possible for Kent to arrange an alternative form of assessment. Please contact us for details.

If you are looking to spend a full academic year studying at Kent, then you may be interested in our One Year Study (JYA).


Students are guaranteed on campus housing if they apply by the deadline.  For those who start their studies in September, this is 30 June and for January, 30 November. All rooms are single, and there is a choice of catered or self-catered. En-suite or shared facilities.  See our accommodation pages for more information. Students who would prefer to live off campus can find out about private accommodation.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for the Fall and Spring semester are:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or above (out of 4.0) or equivalent. However, each application is considered on an individual basis.
  • For non-native speakers we require either of the following;
    • An IELTS overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Speaking
    • A TOEFL overall score of 90, with at least 22 in Reading, 21 in Writing, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking
  • Please see our English Language Requirements for further details.