The UK's European university

European Education

The University's European centres in Brussels and Paris 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.

European courses and programmes

Kent provides a wide and growing range of programmes with a particular European focus in areas such as European culture and languages, drama, politics, law, economics, business and migration.Opportunities for Kent students to study in continental Europe are not confined to those who are studying or who speak a foreign language as many of our European partner universities teach in English.


European HE agenda

Internationalisation Strategy

Activities in Europe and with European partners play a key role in the University’s internationalisation strategy which encompasses:

  • Raise the profile and increase international esteem of the University of Kent and its research
  • Embrace, learn from and respond to cultural diversity and embed cross-institutional internationalisation
  • Champion and extend the University’s unique position as the UK’s European University
  • Further develop and enhance partnerships and networks in the wider international world
  • Continue to increase and support international student recruitment

For more details about Kent's internationalisation strategy, see the Kent Global website.


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The University of Kent has been awarded the European Commission’s Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the duration of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020).

Our Erasmus Policy Statement 2014-2020 sets out our commitment to implementing the activities of the Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus, the EU's flagship education and training programme, enables:

  • students to study and work abroad. The University exchanges some 450 students per year with partners across Europe
  • staff mobility for teaching, training and preparatory visits
  • co-operation actions between higher education institutions across Europe. International Partnerships can help staff with applications covering a range of funding opportunities including Intensive programmes and curriculum development

European Quality Label

The University has been awarded the E-Quality Label for outstanding quality in its Erasmus activities.

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Jean Monnet

In 2012 the European Commission's Jean Monnet Programme awarded funding to the University's Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) to establish a Jean Monnet Chair. The University of Kent also received a European Module grant from the same programme to fund the development of a new law teaching module on EU Migration Law.

In 2013, the University was successful in all three of its applications for a Jean Monnet Award. This success funds a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that combines the expertise of the Univertisty of Kent's recently launched Global European Centre (GEC) with leading expertise from four Asian Pacific partners to investigate the idea of Normative Power Europe in relation to Asia; a Jean Monnet Chair within the GEC for Professor Elena Korosteleva; and a Jean Monnet Multi-Lateral Research Group (MRG) led by Dr Tom Casier, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Univeristy of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).

The Jean Monnet programme is financed by the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency with the aim to stimulate teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies in higher education institutions, both within and outside the EU.

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SGroup Network

The University of Kent is a member of the SGroup, a European Universities Network comprising of over 30 members from 16 European countries. It was founded in May 1992 in Spain with the aim of establishing special academic, cultural and socio-economic ties and exchanging best practice, to enhance the development of European education and research policies.S group logo

For further information on the activities of the SGroup please visit the SGroup website or contact International Partnerships.

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International Development Office

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

Last Updated: 18/05/2020