The UK's European university
With study centres across Europe and strong European links in teaching and research, the University of Kent is ideally positioned to serve as a European gateway to the wider world. Within our international community, we attract a high percentage of European students and staff who help to create an atmosphere of cultural exchange.
What makes Kent distinctively European
- Kent is the only UK university to have specialist postgraduate centres in four European capital cities: Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome
- We have 150 nationalities represented at the University, with 37% of our teaching and research staff coming from outside the UK
- 11% of our students are from the EU
- Many of our programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level
- We have one of the highest percentages of students studying under the Erasmus scheme of any multi-faculty UK university
- We offer a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel in a stimulating and effective learning community
The university's European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome offer programmes that draw on these cities' strengths as sites of cultural, political and historic significance. These complement the strong European focus of our UK programmes in areas such as culture and languages, drama, politics, law, economics, business, social policy and migration. Many of our programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (international double awards) at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level, and Kent is the only UK university selected to have hosted two prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programmes.
The University of Kent is committed to supporting the development of collaborations with European partners. In order to facilitate these, funding is available to cover the cost of developing exchanges and visits. All research-active staff are invited to apply to the Fund.
Kent's researchers have been highly successful in securing European funding, which has amounted to £16.1m over the last five years. Not only is EU funding important as a source of revenue but EU research grants demand and foster collaboration across borders, between European and international partners. Kent also actively collaborates with European and international partners through a range of other research support initiatives including the Newton Fund and the UK sponsored Grand Challenges Research Fund.
Over the past thirty five years, strong bilateral links with institutions across Europe, established through student and staff mobility agreements, have broadened to form consortia; close groupings of institutions with the common objective of opening up opportunities for inter-institutional cooperation: exchange of best practice; capacity building, internationalisation of the curricula, and joint initiatives covering both research and teaching. The University has been part of the European Commission’s Erasmus programme since its inception in 1987; an engagement that has facilitated the University’s collaboration with a large number of prestigious Higher Education Institutions in mainland Europe.
Read more about how the University of Kent’s engagement with European institutions and other European nations benefits our students, the University and the wider community.
At the heart of this strategy is an understanding of the importance of actively embedding and infusing international, or globally-focused values, into the development and realisation of all aspects of Kent’s activity. Read more