20 Years in Europe

The Grand Place, Brussels

20 Years in Europe

In 1998, the University of Kent established the Brussels School of International Studies.

To celebrate 20 years in Europe, we are hosting a series of events across the 2018/19 academic years, including exhibitions, lectures, sporting events and talks at Canterbury, Medway and our four European Centres.

Check back to this page over the coming months as we finalise details.


Aerial view of Notre Dame, Paris

Lectures in the four European capitals with Kent postgraduate centres

The facade of a row of buildings in Brussels

The Brussels Lecture

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Palais des Académies, Brussels

Lecture by Gavin Esler, Chancellor of the University of Kent, novelist, journalist and broadcaster.

A gargoyle overlooks the city of Paris from Notre Dame

The Paris Lecture

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Lecture by Deborah Levy FRSL, playwright, novelist and poet.

The view of the Coliseum in Rome down a straight Roman road.

The Rome Lecture

Friday 2 April 2019

Lecture by Sir Nicholas Penny FBA FSA (former Director, National Gallery)

A cityscape of Athens, with the Parthenon visible on a hill to the right of the photo.

The Athens Lecture

Friday 10 May 2019

Lecture by Professor Richard Hodges OBE FSA, President of the American University of Rome.

Lord Ricketts.

The Canterbury Lecture - The World After Brexit

Lecture by the Lord Ricketts GCMG, GCVO, Former UK Ambassador to France and UK National Security Advisor.

Read more about The Canterbury Lecture - The World After Brexit

Reid Hall, Paris.

European Art Exhibition

An exhibition of portraits at Reid Hall, Paris.

Drill Hall Library, Medway

The Medway Lecture

Lecture and date of event to be confirmed.

Female football (soccer) players.

European Varsity Sports Challenge

Teams from Canterbury, Medway, Paris and Brussels competing at the VUB Sports Complex, Brussels.

Kent students discussing a topic.

International Student Conference

A conference at the Brussels School of International Studies.

Contact us

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Members of the University of Kent Symphony Orchestra in Canterbury Cathedral

Colyer-Fergusson Concert

The University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susan Wanless, perform in Canterbury Cathedral.

Kent postgraduate students on a tour around Paris - Notre Dame is behind the group.

"Danger" - Postgraduate Festival

A postgraduate festival at our Paris Centre on the subject of danger.

Canterbury campus view.

Questions of European Identity

From Thursday to Thursday, a week of questions, reflection and discussion on what it means to be European, hosted by the Gulbenkian (Canterbury).

Cyclist on a road

Paris to Canterbury Cycle Challenge

A team of riders will cycle from Paris... all the way to Canterbury!

A group of students walking through the streets of Paris.

The UK's European university

Read more about why we are the UK's European university.

Read more about The UK's European university