International Student

Application process

Kent is happy to offer support and advice to help you with your application, making the process as easy as possible.

The application procedure to Kent is dependent on the course of your choice, and whichever course you apply to, dedicated help is available. Kent’s overseas representatives in your country may be able to guide you through the procedure.

For Erasmus and short-term programmes, support will be available from your host university and our International Partnerships team.


Undergraduate document checklist

  • On-line application form
  • One reference
  • Evidence of English language ability
  • Details of your past courses and grades

Kent has a wide choice of undergraduate courses, and is a great place to study your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree.

All applications to undergraduate courses at Kent need to be submitted through UCAS. The institution code number for the University of Kent is K24 and the institution code name is KENT. Each course will have a special code including a campus code, indicating which campus the course will be taught at.

Please check carefully when completing the UCAS form whether or not the course you are applying for has a 'campus code' attached to it as this indicates that the course may not be run on our main Canterbury campus but rather at one of our other campuses (eg. our Medway campuses).

Our dedicated admissions teams can help you track your application, and you may receive help in your country from our overseas representatives. The International/European Offices provide a permanent point of contact at Kent for all of your enquiries.


Students from the European Union are advised to apply by 15 January.

Students from outside the European Union should aim for 15 January. However, if places are left, we may consider applications up to the 30 June.

Late applications:

UCAS "clearing" takes place in August. Kent lists all of the degrees that still have places and this gives you another chance to apply.

We look forward to receiving your application.


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Postgraduate document checklist

  • Application form
  • Two references
  • Evidence of English language ability
  • Transcripts - details of past courses and modules you have taken and grades
  • Personal statement

Kent is recognised for its World Leading research and is a research led university. We look forward to welcoming you to our prestigious Graduate School.

General applications. You can apply online for all Kent's postgraduate courses.

School of Pharmacy applications. All application forms referred to are available by contacting the School either telephone (01634 883150) or via the contact form.

Kent Business School administers all applications to Business School courses.

Business applications (MBA). Please note that all applicants must have a personal email address before we can process these applications.

Business applications (MSc Management Suite). Here is the application form. Please note that all applicants must have a personal email address before we can process these applications.

Business applications (Research programmes). Please note that all applicants must have a personal email address before we can process these applications.


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PhD/ Doctorate

Research document checklist

  • Application form
  • Two references
  • Evidence of English Language ability
  • Research proposal
  • Transcripts

To apply for a research degree of PhD at Kent, please remember the following:

  • Look at individual academic school websites for a possible supervisor.
  • E-mail the supervisor to ask if they are interested in the area of work.
  • Submit a full application detailing the supervisor’s name your proposed area of research.

You can read about specific faculty or academic school requirements here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent's Graduate School.

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Foundation courses provide an excellent and supportive pathway into full degrees at Kent. There are two entry points for Foundation students – January and September.

There are three ways to apply:
1) You can apply online, using our direct online application
2) You can apply through one of our authorised overseas representatives in your own country
3) You can apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
For further details on how to apply and any queries you may have, please contact us on:

Entry requirements:
To gain entry on to the IFP programme, you need the following:

  • A good academic school-leaving certificate with particular strengths in subjects that are relevant
    to your intended area of study
  • GCSE grade C Maths or equivalent for some degree programmes. If you do not have this level
    of qualification, you will need to take the IFP Maths module
  • 5.0 IELTS (with no less than 5.0 in each band) or equivalent.


To apply for a pre-sessional English language course, please download the pre-sessional application form, which gives details of IELTS entry requirements, course length and deadlines, and send to the contact address on the form, which gives details of IELTS entry requirements.

It is very important to send your completed application before the deadline so that we can consider you for the course, and to give yourself enough time to apply for a visa .

You can read more information on the pre-sessional English courses on the Centre for English and World Languages web-site.


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Pre-Masters' Graduate Diplomas

Kent's Graduate Diplomas provide an international pre-masters' route. The programmes focus on developing your academic subject knowledge for postgraduate study whilst improving your academic skills and English language proficiency.

On successful completion, and through meeting the University's rules of progression, the diplomas guarantee entry onto the Postgraduate degree with which they are specifically connected. Our excellent facilities and high-quality student support will help you to get the very best out of your studies.

See our Pre-Masters' Graduate Diplomas pages for more information.


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Erasmus / European exchange

If you have been nominated by your current University to come to Kent as an Erasmus or European exchange student, you should you should view the information at:

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Short-term study

Short-term study abroad students may apply to study at Kent for a single academic year or for one or two terms only. Check the overview of short-term study applications at Kent and for further support email our International Partnerships team.

JYA English Plus

For full details of how to apply to JYA English Plus, please visit the application page.

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Last Updated: 14/05/2018