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Information for students from France

The University of Kent is a popular destination for students from all over the world, and has always attracted students from Europe. We have a wonderful cosmopolitan community, generated by a large number of international students, around 40% of them from Europe.

Hear from a French Student

Ellie talks about her experiences of being a French student at Kent.

Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from France with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.

If you have any specific queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly at

English language requirements

French students applying for undergraduate programmes will usually be exempted from University of Kent standard English language requirements if they have achieved a grade of 12/20 in the English Language/Literature component of their Baccalauréat Général or a grade of 11/20 in the English Language/Literature component of the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat.

Other applicants will need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements.

Undergraduate offer levels

To be considered for entry to Year 1 of a Kent undergraduate degree programme, French students typically need to have completed the Baccalauréat Général or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat or European Baccalaureate. The following A level equivalencies apply:

GCE A Level Baccalauréat Général Option Internationale du Baccalauréat European Baccalaureate
AAA 14/20 13.5/20 82%
AAB 13.5/20 13.0/20 79%
ABB 13.0/20 12.5/20 76%
BBB 12.5/20 12/20 74%
BBC 12/20 11.5/20 72%
BCC 11.5/20 11/20 70%
CCC 11/20 10.5/20 68%

International Baccalaureate points

Applicants will be asked to either obtain the IB Diploma with 34 points overall, or pass the IB Diploma with a specific number of points in the three Higher Level subjects. In addition, points scores may be required in Higher or Standard subjects including English and Maths.

Foundation programmes

If your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen course, we offer two foundation programmes which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees:

International Foundation Programme (IFP): for students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level.

4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year: for students with acceptable English language ability but with school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree.

If you are unsure, please contact us to check if your qualification is acceptable.


Important dates

Students from the EU are advised to apply by 29 January.

Postgraduate offer levels

For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), France students typically need to have completed a Grade de Licence (awarded since 2005) or Maîtrise at a recognised higher education institution in France. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for.

UK degree classification Licence/Maitrise/Bachelor
UK upper second (2:1) 12/20 or 'Assez Bien'
UK lower second (2:2) 11/20 or 'Bien'

Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.


For details of our MBA programme, please see the MBA course page.


For entry to a Kent PhD programme, students from France typically need to have completed a Grade de Master, a Magistère or a Diplôme d'Etudes/ Approfondies (DEA) from a recognised higher education institution in France with a final grade of at least 12/20.

If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and our find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.


Contact us

If you have any questions about applying to Kent, please contact us.