International Student

Entry requirements: Japan

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

Foundation programme entry requirements

Students who have successfully completed their Kotougakkou Sotsugyou Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a final grade of at least 3.5/5, 7/10 or equivalent are eligible to apply for our foundation programmes.

We offer 1-year subject-specific foundation programmes in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics and Physics.

We also have an International Foundation Programme which gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the level required for entry to a degree programme. The programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.

JYA English PLUS

JYA English PLUS has been designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English. It offers a combination of language training, study skills and the opportunity to study academic modules from across the University. The programme is offered in two different lengths – a full year or part year – and is taught on our Canterbury campus, a safe, self-contained environment with everything you need for a good academic and social life.

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Undergraduate entry requirements

To be considered for entry to Year 1 of a Kent undergraduate degree programme, Japanese students typically need to have completed one of the following:

  • One year of a Bachelor degree (Gakushi) at a recognised Japanese university with an average grade of B/70%, or a GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Associate Degree (Jun-gakushi)/Vocational/Specialist Degree (Senmon-shi) from a recognised college in Japan with a final grade of B/70% or a GPA of 3.0/4.0

Second year entry

Students with very high grades in their Associate Degree (Jun-gakushi)/Vocational/Specialist Degree (Senmon-shi) may be considered for 2nd year entry to a Kent undergraduate programme on a case-by-case basis, if they have studied similar content to Year 1 of the relevant Kent degree.

Postgraduate entry requirements

For entry to a Kent postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), Japanese students typically need to have completed a Bachelor Degree (Gakushi) from a recognised Japanese institution. 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 GPA of 3.2/4.0, a B+ or 75%. Students from highly ranked institutions may be accepted with a GPA of 3.0/4, 70% or B.
  • For programmes that require a 2: 2 we usually ask for a final GPA of 3.0/4.0, B or 70%.

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.

MBA programme

For details of our MBA programme, please see the Kent Business School site.


For entry to a Kent PhD programme, Japanese students typically need to have completed a Master’s Degree (Shushi) at a recognised institution with a final grade of at least B+/75% or a GPA of 3.2/4.0. Students need to have completed a thesis as part of their Master’s 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 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 standard English language requirements.


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Last Updated: 23/05/2017