How to apply

By choosing to spend a year abroad, you're giving yourself more opportunities to develop and grow. Below we outline the application process for prospective and current students.

Prospective students

If you find the idea of studying or working abroad as part of your degree exciting, here’s what to do: 

  • go to our course listing and use the ‘All course options’ filter to show courses with an integrated Year Abroad or a Year in Industry* 
  • select the subject you want to study to view the course page 
  • click on the ‘with a Year Abroad’ or ‘with a Year in Industry’ button to find out more about the course content and the countries available to you, then click on the Apply now button; it’s that simple. 

You can also find a list of our partner universities at each destination in our A-Z list

If you have any questions about studying or working abroad, please contact our Go abroad team

If you want to find out more about applying to Kent, visit our Apply web pages.  

*You can also add a Year Abroad to many other undergraduate degrees. For the full list, please see the Go Abroad A-Z list. For these courses, you do not have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply. 


I studied at IE University in Madrid. So far, my Spanish has improved and I have taken advantage of some of the extra academic opportunities IE offers. I have really enjoyed meeting so many new people, experiencing a new city and having good weather.

Arielle Hutchinson International Business with a Year Abroad Read profile

Current students

If you are studying on a course with a year abroad, we’ll support you as you decide which country and which university you want to study in.

There are academic and attendance requirements you must meet to be eligible to study abroad:

  • most courses require you to get a minimum average mark of 60% at Stage 1 (if the year abroad is obligatory, there is no minimum average mark requirement)
  • you should also meet your course’s progression criteria at Stage 2
  • if your attendance at University is poor, this may affect your study abroad placement allocation.

At the start of your second year (Stage 2), you need to confirm that you wish to proceed with the Year or Term Abroad by 22nd October. You must do this through Target Connect. You will need to log in using your Kent credentials.

Adding a study abroad element to your degree

If you are in your first year and studying on a degree that does not already include a year or term abroad, you can ask for this to be added.

If you are in your second year, you should contact your academic school to ensure that you have met any progression criteria during Stage 1. You must then register you interest via Target Connect by 22nd October.

Taking a year abroad is one of the most enriching experiences you’ll have at university. Being able to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective, it’s something that is completely unique.

Oliver Trapnell Anthropology with a Year in Japan Read profile
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