Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Information for students from India

The University of Kent is a popular destination for students from India and we have over 100 students from India on campus studying a variety of programmes.

Our students from India have formed their own Indian society which celebrates Indian culture in an all-embracing fashion – cutting across barriers based on sect, religion and nationality. Their activities focus on promoting Indian culture (music, food, festivals) and contemporary intellectual thought through organising a range of talks and debates.

Hear from an Indian Student

Shaleen talks about her experiences of being an Indian student at Kent.

International student podcast

Amarnath from India and Mutale from Zambia reveal how their scholarships have helped with their studies and discuss what they enjoy most about the University of Kent and life in the UK.

“Hi, I’m Amarnath from India and I'm studying Applied Actuarial Science with an industrial placement. I was awarded the International Scholarship for Taught Master’s students and the GREAT India Scholarship.

I am thankful to University of Kent and the British Council for having provided me with academic scholarships and for fulfilling my dream of studying actuarial science abroad.

It has been a very pleasant and challenging experience so far at the University. The peer group and professors have been extremely helpful and encouraging”.

Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from India 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 contact us at internationalstudent@kent.ac.uk

Foundation programme

Students from India wishing to pursue a foundation programme at Kent will need to obtain between 50-55% overall in their Standard XII examination, depending on the board they have studied with.

We offer two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year:

  • The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus by University of Kent academics and successful completion of the programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. We offer September and February start dates depending on your chosen pathway and the degree you intend to progress on to.
  • We offer 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. Entry to these foundation programmes may require you to have studied specific subjects at high school.

Please note: you only need to take a foundation programme if your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen degree.


The University considers students for undergraduate study who have completed Standard XII Higher Secondary School Certificates (Indian School Certificate/Intermediate Examination Certificate/Higher Secondary School Certificate /All India Senior School Certificate).

We typically require students to achieve a minimum of between 65% and 75% overall in their Standard XII examinations, depending on the examination board and the intended programme of study. Some courses may state specific subjects and grade requirements.

NCUK International Year One

Kent Business School now accept the NCUK International Year One for entry to Year 2 of many of their undergraduate programmes. For details of NCUK centres in your country, please see the NCUK website.

US qualifications

If you are studying, or have studied, US qualifications such as SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement tests or an Associate Degree, please see our USA country page for details of the US qualifications we accept.

International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and A levels

If you are studying, or have studied, the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or A levels please see our General entry requirements for details.

We have a standard International Baccalaureate Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme. As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects. 

IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

The University welcomes applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). We do not make standard offers for this qualification, however we are happy to advise prospective students based on the component IB courses they are taking as part of the IBCP. For specific advice on grade requirements, please contact us listing the IB courses and additional courses you are taking.

Contact us

If you have questions about which qualifications we will accept, please email internationalstudent@kent.ac.uk for information on our entry requirements and details of how to apply.


For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), Indian students typically need to have completed a three or four-year undergraduate degree (Honours Bachelor degree or Professional degree) at an accredited university or college. General Bachelor degrees may sometimes be considered. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for and the institution you have studied at.

  • For programmes that require a 2:1 we usually ask for a First Class degree, a final CGPA of 6.0/10, or 60%. Students from top institutions may be considered with a high Second Class degree, a final CGPA of 5.5/10, or 55%.
  • For programmes that require a 2:2 we usually ask for a high Second Class degree, a final CGPA of 5.5/10, or 55%

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, Indian students typically need to have completed a Master’s degree with a First Class degree, a CGPA of 6.0/10, 60% or equivalent at an accredited institution.

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.


English language requirements

Applicants will also need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements. These are set at a level that meets both the academic needs of the University and the minimum requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.

Applicants for undergraduate programmes who have achieved a final score of at least 70% in their Standard XII English examination from either the CBSE or CISCE boards and who have studied at an English-medium school may be considered for exemption from standard English language requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

If you need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of our intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations.


Fees and funding

 HSBC Chevening Scholarship 

 In India, the HSBC Chevening Scholarship offers three full scholarships for a postgraduate Masters programme in any university in the UK in subjects relating to the Foreign and Commonwealth. Find out more. 


Tuition fees

For the latest details on fees, see our course fees look-up table.


The University offers a wide variety of financial support and scholarships, including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Scholarships include our International scholarships for undergraduate students and International Scholarship for Taught Masters Students.

For details of all the scholarships available, please use our scholarship finder.

Postgraduate Taught tuition fee deposit scheme for international-fee paying applicants

A deposit payment of £2,000 is required to secure your acceptance of an offer for a Postgraduate Taught programme at Kent. This deposit will be deducted from the overall tuition fee you are required to pay at enrolment.

We advise early payment of the deposit, and the final deadlines for us to receive your tuition fee deposit are:

  • Postgraduate Taught Master's with a September start date: 1 July
  • Postgraduate Taught Master's with a January start date: 1 December

The University reserves the right to withdraw your offer if the tuition fee deposit is not received by the relevant deadline. If this occurs, your application will only be re-instated subject to receipt of the deposit and places being available on your chosen course. If you are offered a place after the given deadline, an immediate deposit payment will be required to secure your place.

If you require a CAS for visa purposes, this will not be issued until the depositve that has been received for your chosen course.

Please note: The deposit is only applicable to postgraduate programmes that start in the UK. A deposit is not required for postgraduate programmes that are taught exclusively at our centres in Brussels and Paris.


The University will consider deferral requests for postgraduate applicants for up to one year if they have fully met the conditions of offer and have paid the fee deposit. 

Further information

For full terms and conditions, including details of our deposit refund policy and application deferrals, please visit our Online Store. If you have any questions about the deposit scheme, please contact the Admissions Team via your online application portal or email international@kent.ac.uk.

How to apply

Undergraduate applicants

Full-time courses

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you have to apply through UCAS

If you meet the following conditions, you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website:

  1. You are NOT from the UK or Ireland.
  2. You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)
  3. You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future

 Please remember if you are eligible and intend to apply directly on our website, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and our website will cause issues to your application.

Our dedicated international team are here to help support you through the application process. Please do get in touch if you require any advice or support. 

Special courses

If you are applying for a subject-specific foundation programme, you apply in the same way as for a three-year undergraduate degree.

Applications for our International Foundation Programme (IFP) can be made:

Part-time courses

Apply directly on our website.

Apply via our representatives

International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.

Late applications
A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list of all of the Kent degrees that still have places available once Clearing opens – this can give you another chance to apply. For more information on how the Clearing process works and how to apply, please see Clearing at Kent for details.

Postgraduate applicants

See how to apply for postgraduate study.

Important dates
  • For international students, the deadline for applications to taught Master's programmes is 31 July.
  • Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to the majority of our research degrees*, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date. The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.

*Applications to PhD degrees for Kent Business School have a deadline of 31 July.

Contact us

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



Our representatives in India

Kent is officially represented by a number of professional agencies in India. We work closely with them to ensure that you receive the best possible advice on your study options.

We make regular visits to our representatives’ offices to keep their staff up to date on University developments and advise prospective students on study opportunities. Whilst it is not compulsory, we do encourage you to consult a local representative. Their experienced staff will guide you on the best choice of course and provide you with practical advice on your application.

Find a representative near you:

Office location Representatives
Atlantis Kochi
Rajouri Garen
Tamil Nadu
Vizaf Kottayam

Country news

PhD candidate from India wins International Young Scientist Award

Anshuman Shastri, PhD Electronic Engineering candidate in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, has won the International Young Scientist in Electronics Engineering Award from the Research Education Talks Daily International (REd), in a virtual ceremony held on 5 October 20. Read more

Bhangra Exploits

Richard Lightman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Director of Employability, and Year in Industry Placement Coordinator at the University’s Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) describes his experience of producing Bhangra and Bollywood music:

“My first encounter with Bhangra was as a studio owner in the late 1980s. My studio was located very near to Southall in West London and I received a call from Kuljit Bhamra, who needed a studio to record an album by a group called Chirag Pehchan with singer, Mangal Singh. The album, Rail Gaddi, was recorded at my studio and went on to be one of the first British Bhangra successes. As a result of this, I started working with various Bhangra and South Asian producers, artists and record companies such as Deepak Khazanchi, The Heera Group, Alaap, DCS, Safri Boys, X-Zecutive, Bally Sagoo, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Bina Mistry, Multitone Records, Fantronic Records and EMI India.

Richard Lightman with Kuljit Bhamra MBE in a recording studio

Image: Richard (left) with Kuljit Bhamra MBE in the CMAT recording studios at Kent's Medway campus

By the early to mid 1990s, I was producing, engineering and playing on many Bhangra and associated artist’s records and had developed a reputation for mixing Western sounds with South Asian musical constructs.  I produced a number of Bhangra Muffin albums (a mixture of Reggae and Bhangra) with Raga Kaka and produced a highly successful multimillion selling album for AWAZ.

As the market for Bhangra in the U.K. started to diminish, I turned to film scoring and other genres of production but I continued my relationship with South Asian music and have just finished a collaboration with Kuljit Bhamra MBE; co-producing, co-composing and co-performing under the title of Country and Eastern.

Bhangra still remains a key element of my research into production and collaboration.”

Interested in studying Bhangra or other music genres? Discover our Music and Audio Technology degrees.