The UK's European university

Students, Staff and Europe


23% of University of Kent's academic staff members are from mainland Europe.

41% of University of Kent's international students are from mainland Europe.


While studying or working at Kent there are a wide range of European opportunities that you can take advantage of, ranging from studying programmes or modules with European features or research angles to mixing with a diverse European and international community.



Kent’s cosmopolitan atmosphere is generated by a large number of international students, over 41% of them from Europe. The European community at Kent makes up a large and valued part of our annual student intake. In the academic year 2014-15, there were over 2,200 non-UK European students from 43 different European countries. European students make up roughly 14% of new students, about 18% of postgraduate students.

Kent is an active participant in the Erasmus programme, exchanging some 300 students per year with over 100 European partner institutions including Paris Sorbonne University, the University
of Amsterdam, the University of Copenhagen and Heidelberg University. All the universities are chosen for their academic standards and for their courses, which complement studies at Kent. Kent’s partners include highly prestigious universities, several of which are ranked within the top 100 institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

While studying at the UK's European University you can:

  • Visit one or more of our European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. This could be through a postgraduate degree, a summer school or just a day trip!
  • Learn from leading European academics. Over 20% of our staff are from continental Europe, so you can learn from a diverse range of perspectives and subject areas.
  • Discover different cultures. Kent attracts staff and students from across the world, creating an atmosphere of cultural exchange that all members of the University can benefit from. The University calendar is full of multi-cultural events for all. You can also join one of the many cultural societies at Kent.
  • Explore Europe. We are well positioned to serve as a global gateway to Europe. So while at Kent you will be able to visit a range of European countries.
  • Study or work abroad. There are many opportunities to study or work abroad as part of your degree. Take a look at the exchanges and placements available.
  • Learn a language. There are more than 11 languages available to study in a range of different modes at Kent.

In addition, there are a large number of European focused clubs and societies available to Kent students and we celebrate the EU’s official Europe day every year.

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As a globally-focused institution, the University of Kent, ‘The UK’s European university’, attracts employees from all over the world. Currently almost half of Kent’s academic staff are from overseas and around 23% of those staff are from Europe. This wide range of experience and culture benefits the University with an enriched opportunity for diversity across both our teaching and research portfolios. Given the international make-up of our staffing, our human resources team work on improving the support and range of knowledge that we have in order to improve the overall experience for international staff who work here. Our experience now also extends to the support of the staff involved with the academic provision and support systems at our European centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens.

The EU Partnership Fund has been established to encourage staff to build on the University's relationship with Europe. The fund supports a broad range of partnerships including both purely academic collaborations and those with enterprise, government or charities.

Human Resources has provided specific information for staff members seeking HR related information post-EU referendum.

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International Development Office

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

Last Updated: 09/11/2016