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Information for students from Qatar

The University of Kent is a popular destination for students from Qatar and is recognised by the Higher Education Institute of Qatar. This means that the University of Kent has been identified by the SEC as one of the top 50 institutions in the world. We also receive students from prestigious sponsors such as Qatar Petroleum.

Given our experience in hosting students from the Middle East, we are confident that we are well equipped to meet the specific academic, religious and dietary needs of students coming from this region.

Kent is a vibrant multicultural region with a small Muslim population. There are prayer rooms provided on campus and many of our restaurants serve a selection of Halal certified meals and sandwiches.

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Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Qatar 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

Foundation programme

Students who have taken the Thawawaya al-A’am -Qatari will be considered for foundation entry. We typically require students to achieve a minimum grade average of 87% to qualify for our foundation programmes.

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.


For entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes, we usually require students from Qatar to have successfully completed a suitable foundation programme at a recognised institution.

The University considers students for undergraduate study who have completed A levels or International Baccalaureate diplomas or who have US high school diplomas supplemented with APs. We have a standard IB Diploma offer of 34 points overall 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, the University will also make offers for most programmes of study of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects.

Offer levels vary depending on the course and some courses may state specific required subjects. 'Maths GCSE' may be required which means that students must achieve high scores in maths.

Students may also gain entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes if they have successfully completed 1 or 2 years of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) and seek to transfer to Kent for the remainder of their degree.

Second year entry

The University will consider students on an individual basis for second year entry if they have successfully completed a course of academic study from a reputable institution, with studies of a similar content and level to Year 1 of the relevant Kent degree.

If you are unsure, please contact the International Recruitment team to check if your qualification is acceptable.


The University considers students for postgraduate study who have completed a four year honours degree achieving a good result (GPA 3.0/4 or 3.6/5) from a reputable overseas institution or a good UK honours degree.


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


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.

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.

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 postgraduate programmes who have studied to at least Bachelor’s degree level entirely in the medium of English or who have worked in an English speaking environment may be considered for exemption from standard English language requirements on a case-by-case basis.  A letter confirming the medium of instruction of English will be required.

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

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.

How to apply

Undergraduate applicants

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply. International students can also apply through UCAS with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives. See how to apply for undergraduate study.

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:

Important dates

  • Students from the EU are advised to apply by 15 January
  • Students from outside the EU should aim for 15 January to guarantee consideration. However, if places are left, we may consider applications up to 30 June.

Late applications

A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list 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 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.

Contact us

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

Our representatives in Qatar

Kent is not currently represented by a professional agency in Qatar. For help and advice on your application please email our International Recruitment team.

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