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University of Kent

Rank 46
Location Kent, England
Established 1965
International Students 27%
Famous Courses Law, MBA, Architecture
International Fees £15,200-18,400
Key Information
Location Kent, England
Established 1965
Famous Courses Law, MBA, Architecture
International Fees £15,200-18,400

Overview

The University of Kent is a global university with outstanding teaching, modern facilities, award-winning student support and welcoming study locations. Over 18,000 students from 152 countries study across its two spacious UK campuses and specialist postgraduate centres in Europe.

Kent is ranked in the top 50 universities in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. In the same guide, three of its subjects are ranked in the top 10 (history of art, social policy, and social work) and eight subjects rank in the top 20 (anthropology; architecture; art and design; communications and media; German; law; linguistics; and theology). Kent Business School is part of the 1% of top global institutions to gain 'Triple Crown' accreditation.

All of Kent’s academic schools produce world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 elite Russell Group universities. Because our academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field.

Kent offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools. Each year we welcome a large number of students from India studying a wide range of courses including cyber security and artificial intelligence, business and management, law, psychology and architecture.

Scholarship opportunities

We offer a wide range of funding opportunities for international students looking to study undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Kent. For undergraduate students have a number of general academic awards, including the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence worth £2000, and the International Scholarships worth £3000.

For postgraduate students we have several subject specific awards including scholarships offered by the Kent Business School, the Kent Law School and the School of Psychology.

Services for International Students

The University of Kent’s Centre for English and World Languages offers lessons in English and other languages for all students. These are available as standalone courses before the start of term or as modules which can count towards a final degree. Each student is assigned a personal tutor who can assist them academically or personally with any problems. There are also numerous international student societies, both general and country-specific.

International student events hosted by the Kent international team take place during Welcome Week and throughout the year, with specific Holi, Diwali and Bollywood parties also organised by the Indian Society for Indian students. Several scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate international students are also available.

A successful future

The University of Kent is committed to ensuring its students have successful careers and provide the necessary experience and support to achieve this. All students have access to the institution’s award-winning personal and careers support. The university runs a range of employment initiatives including internships; voluntary opportunities; careers and employability advisory service; Language Express; and JobShop. 

From our wide range of industry placements to our Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, you have lots of opportunities to develop real-world skills so that you can stand out from the competition and secure your dream job.

Superb student experience

With our wide range of student societies, including sporting and international groups, whatever your interests, you’re likely to find something to be excited about. You could even establish your own society. A variety of student events take place throughout the year, including several that are organised by the Indian Society. During Welcome Week and throughout the year, they organise several events including the celebration of Holi, Diwali and Bollywood parties.

All our students have access to a wide range of personal support services. These include the Medical Centre on the Canterbury campus, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, and a multi-faith Chaplaincy team. We also provide comprehensive academic support facilities, including the Student Learning Advisory Service, which provides free study support and advice. 

Ranking

  • 46th in the Times University Guide 2022
  • 50th in the Guardian University Guide 2022
  • 383rd in the QS World University Rankings 2022

The Guardian subject rankings also revealed strong performances in the areas of Architecture, Drama & Dance, Economics, English & Creative Writing, Film Production & Photography, History of Art, Journalism, Politics, Religious Studies & Theology and Social Policy .

Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Kent ranked 17th of 122 institutions in the UK for research intensity, while 97% of research was judged to be of international quality.

Accommodation

New first year students who select Kent as their first choice are guaranteed a place in University accommodation. At the Canterbury campus, most rooms are en suite and many offer catering options, while all postgraduate rooms are en suite and self-catered. Rooms are available as flats, studio apartments or shared houses in the nearby student village and are generally arranged in a collegiate system.

Rooms at the Medway Campus are all en suite and recently built, arranged in flats of five to eight people.

Location

The University of Kent has four campuses, two in the UK and two in Europe. The Canterbury campus is a self-contained campus providing a welcoming environment and a close-knit student community. Campus life revolves around six colleges, the Templeman Library, the Gulbenkian arts centre and the Mandela Building (home of Kent Union) – all set among green and tranquil open spaces. The campus is just a short 25 minute walk from Canterbury city centre. The city itself has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Explore medieval buildings, lively bars, atmospheric pubs and a wide range of shops. London is an hour away by high-speed train and we're also the closest UK city to mainland Europe, so you can be in Paris, Brussels or Lille within two hours.

The second UK campus is Medway which was a former naval base but now reinvented as a 21st-century study space, with exceptional facilities and support. The campus is friendly and close-knit, with students from a variety of backgrounds working and socialising together. The Medway campus is close to the towns of Rochester and Chatham, with their fascinating histories, and part of the redeveloped Chatham Maritime area. Also, excellent transport links means central London is less than an hour away.

The University of Kent also has two dedicated postgraduate centres in Europe. The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary School offering master and PhD courses in politics and law, providing in-depth analysis of contemporary issues including conflict, security, development, migration, the political economy and the legal basis of a changing world order.

Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture is a specialist postgraduate centre in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. We offer advanced, flexible Master's programmes across the arts, including in architecture, history of art, film, and creative writing. All courses are taught in English and the modules capitalise on the city's vast heritage and culture.

Alumni

  • Kazuo Ishiguro (Author)
  • Tom Wilkinson OBE (Actor)
  • Fu Ying (Vice Foreign Minister of China)
  • Alas Davies (Comedian and Actor)
  • Roys Poyiadjis (Entrepreneur)

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