The UK's European university

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 global gateway to Europe. Within our international community, we attract a high percentage of European students and staff who help to create an atmosphere of cultural exchange.

Where the world meets Europe

  • Kent is the only UK university to have specialist postgraduate centres in four European capital cities: Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome
  • We have 148 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 ad 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 host two prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programmes.


Kent's researchers have been highly successful in securing European funding, which has amounted to £13.8m 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. More information about Kent's European research and projects.


Kent was the first UK higher education institution to issue the European Diploma Supplement and was awarded the Diploma Supplement Label in 2009. The University has been part of the European Commission’s Erasmus programme since itsinception in 1987; an engagement that has facilitated the University’s collaboration with a large number of prestigious Higher Education Institutions in mainland Europe. Over the past thirty 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. See where our partners are located on our international partnerships map.

Get involved

As the UK's European university, Kent is committed to the opportunities provided by European engagement. The 'We Are European' campaign details how you can take part in these opportunities. The University also supports the 'Universities for Europe' campaign and is speaking out for continued engagement with Europe in the run up to the Referendum on 23 June 2016. More information can be found on our 'Kent in Europe' site.

Further information

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: University of Kent: Distinctively European (PDF)




International Development Office

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 11/07/2016