International Student

Frequently Asked Questions

Wherever you are in the world, some questions always come up from students, counsellors or parents. Here’s a selection:

Where is the University of Kent?

Kent has UK campuses at Canterbury and Medway, and European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. Each offers a dynamic, stimulating and safe environment for your students.

Our Canterbury and Medway campuses are located in the south-east corner of England, less than an hour’s train travel from London and within easy reach of mainland Europe.

You can find out more about each of our study locations, and the many academic, social and cultural benefits each offers, at

How competitive are places at Kent?

Kent offers high-quality courses and there is competition for places. Competition varies depending on the course chosen but we advise applicants to apply early in the academic cycle.

Entry is assessed on individual merit and it is important that applicants declare their full academic history. Our published requirements are a fair reflection of the offers we make.

How safe is the campus?

On-campus security at Canterbury includes 24/7 campus patrols and CCTV, a night-time campus walking taxi service, free personal safety alarms, and nearly all our accommodation is protected by key card entry. There is also a night bus and preferred taxi service.

Access to the Medway campus is monitored by the gatehouse staff and members of security patrol the site 24 hours a day. There is a Police Community Support Officer based in the Drill Hall Library who regularly patrols the campus and all areas are covered by CCTV. The student accommodation at Liberty Quays features comprehensive CCTV coverage, 24-hour security and electronic entry systems.

Our online Student Guide also has a dedicated section on student safety as well as advice on campus life, accommodation and employability.

How successful are Kent graduates?

More than 95% of Kent students who graduated in 2015 were in work or further study within six months.

How does a student obtain a CAS?

A student’s CAS will be issued no more than three months prior to their course start date. A student must have accepted the University’s offer and met all outstanding conditions in order for the CAS to be issued. Students will also need to supply our admissions team with any extra documents that they have requested, such as a passport copy and copies of any previous UK visas. Once a CAS has been issued, the student will be sent a message via their application portal which sets out the information we have provided to the Home Office.

See our Student Immigration site for further information.

How do I apply for accommodation?

The University has over 5000 on-campus bedrooms offering both catered and self-catered accommodation. Accommodation is offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Applications for accommodation should be submitted before 31st July via our accommodation website. Please note that in order to be eligible to be considered for an on-campus room, postgraduate students will need to submit their applications and have met all conditions of their offer before 31st July.

Does the University offer any scholarships for international students?

The University offers a range of scholarships for academic, creative and sporting excellence which all students can apply for as well as a limited number of scholarships specifically for international students studying undergraduate and taught masters courses. These international scholarships are for the value of £8,000 and are payable towards tuition fees. Information about how to submit an application for these scholarships can be found on our scholarships website.

Where can I find information on tuition fees?

A full breakdown of tuition fees is available on our Student Finance site.

Can I arrange to make an informal visit to the University?

We appreciate that it may be difficult for students living overseas to attend our Open Days and Applicant Days. We therefore offer the chance for overseas students to visit and have a guided tour of our campuses at any time of year. Tours are available from Monday to Friday and typically last around an hour. Subject to availability, the tour will include a visit to some of our on-campus accommodation, and a meeting with the relevant academic school. Tours will be arranged by our International Recruitment office and can booked via an online form.


Further facts about Kent can be found on our Essential Kent page.

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Last Updated: 02/08/2019