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Information for students from South Africa

The University of Kent is a popular destination for students from all over the world, and has always attracted a steady stream of students from South Africa.

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Entry requirements

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

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 IFP has helped significantly in my degree studies…”

Read our International Pathways blog and discover how the International Foundation Programme helped students Sarah Fong and Vivian Moreno develop the skills they needed to excel in their undergraduate degrees and progress to postgraduate study.

Undergraduate

For entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes, we usually require students from South Africa to have obtained the National Senior certificate with an overall mark of at least 75%.

Second year entry

The University will consider students for 2nd year entry on an individual basis if they have successfully completed a course of academic study from a reputable institution of similar content and level to Year 1 of the relevant Kent degree.

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.

Postgraduate

The University considers students for postgraduate study who have completed a four-year honours degree (BA/BSc/BEng) achieving a good result from a reputable overseas institution or a good UK honours degree.

MBA

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

PhD

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.

Funding

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

As of 1 November 2018, 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 deposit 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, Paris, Rome and Athens.

Applicants to Postgraduate Taught programmes with Kent Business School are currently only required to pay a £1,000 tuition fee deposit. Please see the Kent Business School Online Store pages for details.

Deferrals

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

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.

We encourage you to include all of your qualifications on your UCAS application form so that we have a full picture of your academic history.

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 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 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.

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

As of 1 November 2018, 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 deposit 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, Paris, Rome and Athens.

Applicants to Postgraduate Taught programmes with Kent Business School are currently only required to pay a £1,000 tuition fee deposit. Please see the Kent Business School Online Store pages for details.

Deferrals

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.

Our representatives in South Africa

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
Cape Town
Durban
Johannesburg

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