The UK's European university

Commitment to European HE agenda



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 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 Development 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.

Internationalisation strategy

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

  • collaborative activity to enhance the student experience, staff development, research, enterprise and knowledge transfer.
  • language learning within the staff development programme
  • linkages with local and regional authorities on international/European interests
  • use of University premises in Brussels, Paris and Athens to enhance the student/staff experience

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

European Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement is a document issued free of charge to all students of University on graduation. It aims to enhance transparency across education systems and to describe the qualification in a standard format that is easy to understand and to compare.

The University of Kent was the first UK Higher Education Institution to issue the European Diploma Supplement and was awarded the Diploma Supplement Label in 2009.

SGroup European Universities 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.

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

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.

International Development Office

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

Last Updated: 18/05/2016