Information for students from Turkey

Kent is a popular destination and we have welcomed Turkish students for many years. We currently have approximately 70 Turkish students on campus studying a range of programmes, from International Foundation to PhD level.

Turkey plays an important part in our internationalisation activities, and we enjoy successful staff and student partnerships with Boğaziçi University, Bahçeşehir University, Marmara University, Istanbul Technical University, Sabancı University and Middle East Technical University (METU). As part of our Study Abroad programme, we offer our students the opportunity to spend time in Turkey at one of these partner institutions.

Successful Kent alumni include actress Farah Zeynep Abdullah (The Butterfly’s Dream), film director Can Evrenol (Housewife, Baskin), and Dr Özden Bademci who won the Social Impact Award at the 2017 British Council Study UK Alumni Awards for her leading role in the rehabilitation and protection of street children.

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Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Turkey 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 from Turkey wishing to pursue a foundation programme at Kent will need to obtain a final grade of at least 70% or 3.5/5.0 in their High School Diploma (Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi)

Students from highly ranked high schools with a final grade of at least 75% or 4.0/5.0 may be considered for direct entry to the first year, depending on their scores in key subjects.

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.


Turkish students with a High School Diploma (Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi) from a highly ranked high school may be considered for entry to Year 1 of a Kent undergraduate degree programme, with a minimum final grade of 75% or 4.0/5. Students from other schools with very high grades may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants will also be considered with a minimum final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in their Önlisans Derecesi or Diplomasi from a recognised state or private university. Students with very high grades may be considered for 2nd year entry on a case-by-case basis if they have studied similar content to Year 1 of the relevant Kent undergraduate degree.


For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), Turkish students typically need to have completed a Lisans Diplomasi from a recognised state or private university. 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 final CGPA of 3.0/4.0. Students from highly ranked universities may be considered with a final CGPA of 2.8/4.0
  • For programmes that require a 2:2 we usually ask for a final CGPA of 2.7/4.0

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, Turkish students typically need to have completed a Yüksek Lisans Diplomasi/ Yüksek Mühendis Diplomasi from a recognised state or private university with a final GPA of at least 3.0/4.0. Students need to have completed a thesis as part of their course or be able to show other evidence of previous research experience.

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 Turkey

Kent is officially represented by a number of professional agencies in Turkey. 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:

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