Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies

International students

The Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies warmly welcomes international students with an interest in studying the period in the historic city of Canterbury. We have a long tradition of welcoming students from across the world who are attracted by the exceptional possibilities for original research afforded by the local archives and libraries, and by our close proximity to London and the Continent.

We would be delighted to talk to you about your application, either by email or on the phone +44 (0)1227 823140. If you have general questions about study at the University of Kent you will find the International Student Pages a useful place to start. If you want to know what it feels like to study in such a historic city, read on…


I first visited Canterbury about 20 years ago as a tourist just for one day, and enjoyed looking at the cathedral and other medieval and Tudor buildings. When I was given a year's leave from my job in 2001-2, I decided to study for MA in the University of Kent in the medieval atmosphere of Canterbury. I had sympathetic and knowledgeable lecturers, and spent a very fruitful and pleasant year. So, when I decided to take an early semi-retirement this time, I wanted to study in Canterbury again. With the cathedral, medieval friaries, parish churches, hospitals for pilgrims and many other splendid old buildings, the city offers abundant stimuli for students of medieval and early modern culture, and the cathedral library gives us a lot of opportunities and materials to study rare manuscripts and early modern books. I highly recommend MEMS to foreign students interested in medieval and early modern England.

Yoshimichi Suematsu

Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NX

Telephone +44 1227 823140. Fax +44 1227 827060

Last Updated: 04/06/2014