The University of Kent has long-standing partnerships and collaborative links covering teaching or research with a large number of prestigious Higher Education Institutions across the globe. Visits to partners provide opportunities to exchange ideas and good practice and gain insights into the HE/business culture in other countries.
Many students studying at Kent undertake international placements or other academic activities throughout the EU, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and both North and South America. There are also a number of projects providing on-campus and digital activities for students to engage with internationalisation.
Global Hangouts are free global networking events arranged throughout the academic year.
A series of events and academic activities showcasing our current internationalisation and global engagement
The University of Kent's strong global impact is based on our external networks, partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world, and our staff, students and alumni. Our key strengths stem from the activities listed below:
Thank you for this opportunity to meet people who I otherwise wouldn’t have and to enjoy lots of lovely food! I have been studying for days for an exam and this evening was exactly what I needed. The staff were great and the music was very relaxing
The Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) programme provides opportunity for undergraduate students to develop their leadership skills, Global Citizenship and cultural awareness.
Each year the Dean for Internationalisation, Dr Anthony Manning, offers undergraduate students the opportunity to apply to take part in a specially designed leadership development programme and become a student Global Officer at Kent.
At the University of Kent, we hope all students will engage with internationalisation opportunities on campus and pursue the mind-set that we can all be Global Citizens. The GOLD Programme is an opportunity to enhance that citizenship. As a co-curricular venture, it provides a framework of activities for globally-minded undergraduate student to develop their leadership skills, Global Citizenship and cultural awareness. Students on the Programme will work with the Dean and other colleagues across the University to support and advise on the range of internationalisation projects, activities and event.
As well as completing it as a co-curricular activity, the GOLD programme can also be taken as a credit-bearing 'wild' module (GOLD 5000). Speak to your academic school to find out if your programme permits this.
Representing a range of culture, academic discipline and personal interests, we are delighted to showcase our current cohort of Global Officers
Applications for the 2022/23 academic year will open in July 2022.
Network and engage with people from around the world
Hosted online, the events are open to Kent students from all campuses to attend throughout the year.
While details of the event dates and how to sign up will be released here in the near future, the hangouts often coincide with the following festivals and celebrations
Also see this list of the upcoming international events from around the University.
The Medway World Cafe is open to ALL students at the Medway Campus. This is a great place to relax away from your study, meet and make friends, play games and enjoy free tea/coffee and cake.
The events are hosted by the Medway Campus Chaplaincy.
Funding to support student-led national or cultural events and celebrations
Co-funded by International Partnerships and Student Services, the Worldfest Bitesize Fund has been established to enable University of Kent student societies to apply for a financial award of up to £350 to help run a multicultural event.
Examples of events and celebrations that we have supported include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving, Kent African Summit, Newroz, Holi, African Evening Gala, Discover Islam, Japanese Cultural Festival, Asian Fusion and a Thai Festival. Deadline for applications is the 15th day of every month.