International Student

Study options

Kent has 23 academic schools, offers over 400 undergraduate courses and 120 postgraduate courses.

Kent offers choice in terms of both programme level and subject area, and promotes interdisciplinary and flexible study. Many Kent students take a period of study at one of our overseas partner institutions as part of their course.

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Kent offers undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines. You will study for three to four years and upon successful completion, be awarded with a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BSc (Bachelor of Science) in your chosen field that will be recognised around the world. Kent offers a number of opportunities to give your education an international dimension and provides expert support throughout your time here and abroad.

Degrees which offer a year’s study in another country or a year’s work placement take four years to complete. The degree title depends on your field of study. At Kent we offer:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB).

We also offer some undergraduate degrees that take four years to complete and reach a higher level of study. These are:

  • Masters in Drama (MDrama)
  • Masters in Physics (MPhys)
  • Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm).

More about undergraduate courses at Kent and courses with an international element.

Studying in UK offers so much to prepare individuals to face the real world at the end of their course. Architecture is definitely a challenging course but at Kent, they make it interesting and enjoyable.

Lakshmy Radhakrishnan , Bahrain, BA Architecture


Holders of an undergraduate degree or the relevant experience have the opportunity to take their education further with a taught Masters degree or a research based Masters Degree, leading in turn to the possibility of study at PhD level... More on our postgraduate website.

The professors' academic and professional experience was really inspiring... I am sure that the qualifications I have obtained from this university will make my career in Statistics much brighter.

Norizan Abdullah , Brunei, MSc in Statistics


If your education or experience so far has not yet given you the qualifications, knowledge, study skills or ability in English language that you need to begin on the degree of your choice, you can apply for the International Foundation programme or one of our degrees which include a foundation year... More about foundation years.

Find out if you need to take a foundation course with our country specific entry requirements.


If you wish to study at Kent as part of an exchange organised by a third party such as Erasmus, please visit the European exchange pages.

Those students planning to take their year abroad in Europe will benefit from Kent's use of the European Credit Transfer System.

International exchange

International students may apply to study at Kent for a single academic year or for one or two terms only. Check the overview of short-term study at Kent.

Courses include:

  • International exchange programme – aimed at students mainly from the United States of America, Japan and South Korea or who have a good enough command of the English language to be able to study at Stage 2 or 3 of an honours degree.
  • JYA English PLUS – especially designed to meet the needs of students from countries such as Japan where the academic year begins in April and ends in March, and who may require intensive English language preparation for study at a British university.
  • The Fall Semester programme – running for three months from September to December, aimed at international students who cannot spend a full academic year studying abroad.
  • The Spring Semester – similar to Fall Semester in that it is aimed at international students who cannot spend a full academic year studying abroad, but runs across the second half of the Kent academic year, from January to the beginning of June.

The five months were the greatest months of my life, and not a day goes by without thinking about the great times I had while at Kent.

Daniel Reese, USA, Year abroad spring semester

English Language

These courses are designed to prepare international students who do not have English as a first language for academic study... More about pre-sessional English language courses.


Courses at Kent are delivered through key activities:

  • Lectures: the introduction to a topic by an academic.
  • Seminars: group discussion in which you can contribute and develop your ideas.
  • Tutorials: one to one meeting with your personal tutor.
  • International students also benefit from free English lessons which are taught alongside their main course of study.


Learning may take the form of essays, presentations, exams, laboratory assignments, projects or artistic productions. Learning activity takes place in a work based environment and raised student skills levels towards professional level. At Kent you will have access to facilities and support tailored to enhance your learning experience.

I would say that the best aspect about this course here is learning it from real forensic experts... and of course the fact that our classes are comprised of a students from every corner of the globe.

Andrew Olando, Kenya, BSc in Forensic Science

Study and work abroad

Did you know…

65% of international employers indicate that having overseas professional work experience makes graduates more employable

Kent offers a number of short-term study options for students who wish to spend part of their degree at Kent. Kent also has many opportunities for full time degree students to internationalise their education through a period of work or study abroad. Kent enjoys partnerships with prestigious universities around the world and encourages students to make their education an international experience. A range of Kent programmes offer a “built-in” year abroad as part of their course. These course can be found on the course web-pages.

Read more on international opportunities and Erasmus, and see our work placements pages.


Kent is proud to hold the position of the top 20 percent of graduate starting salaries in the UK. The on-campus careers centre can help in researching the international job market and Kent course are tailored towards practical skills and post study employability.

A number of major companies recruit directly from Kent’s student body, prior even to graduation, and students are supported in finding internships and work placements to advance their careers. Kent degrees are recognised around the world and are a passport to a future of possibility.

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Last Updated: 28/10/2016