Our foundation and Pre-sessional programmes prepare international students for degree-level study in the UK. We support our students with courses in English language and academic skills, and also offer a range of short courses for visiting overseas students and teaching staff.

Key facts


in the Teaching Excellence Framework*, the highest possible rating


of International Foundation Programme students progressed to degrees at Kent in 2020

Top 10%

Kent is in the top 10% of the world's universities for international outlook (Times Higher Education, 2020)


Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Library Team 2019

The University of Kent provides excellent teaching, rated Gold in the UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework. The International Programmes team has been welcoming international students to Kent for almost 40 years and we are members of the University Pathway Alliance. We have an excellent track record of supporting students to progress to their chosen degrees. In addition to the Pre-sessional and foundation courses we offer, we provide ongoing support in English language and academic skills, to ensure that our international students are able to get the very most from their studies at Kent.

Our programmes

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year full-time course designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK. The autumn IFP runs over three terms and starts in September. We also offer an accelerated IFP starting in February. We offer guaranteed progression to over 300 degree programmes at Kent, providing you meet the progression requirements. Find out more about the IFP

Pre-sessional courses

Our Pre-sessional courses take place before you start your degree at Kent. Courses of ten, six and four weeks are available. They focus on developing your English language and study skills so you can meet the level of proficiency needed for your degree. We also run a free week-long course for exchange students arriving at Kent in the autumn term.  Find out more about Pre-sessional courses.

We also offer the Junior Year Abroad English PLUS. On this programme, you complete a 15-week Pre-sessional course to develop your English language and study skills. You then spend one or two terms studying subject modules chosen from our undergraduate degree programmes. Find out more about the Junior Year Abroad English PLUS.

English Language and Academic Skills

To ensure our international students are able to get the most from their degree studies, we run modules to develop English language and academic skills such as essay writing, giving presentations and using sources appropriately. These run alongside your degree programme. We also offer elective, credit-bearing modules in the use of academic English. Find out more about our modules on English language and academic skills.

Evelyn Sam

It has definitely been an uplifting experience to live on my own and experience a place that is a lot different from home.

Short courses

We offer short courses, usually during the summer, for:

  • visiting overseas students from schools and universities, providing opportunities to improve language skills and enjoy a taste of life in the UK
  • visiting groups of academics and teachers
  • English language teachers who wish to learn more about teaching methodology
  • health professionals. 

Blended and online delivery is available; on-campus delivery is available when restrictions relating to Covid-19 permit. 

Additionally, we are delighted to host visiting faculty who wish to deliver their own short programmes. We can also provide tailored consultancy services and training in English language teaching and communication skills - please contact us for more information. 

International perspectives

With our diverse community of staff and students, we are committed to promoting intercultural awareness and global citizenship. Find out more about how we can help you to develop an international perspective at Kent. 

*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here The TEF award was issued in June 2017. It lasts for four years, until June 2021.