Why Study Here?

  • There are 5,000 EU and international undergraduates currently studying at the university’s UK campuses.
  • We value the contribution that international and European students bring to our community and provide a range of services to ease the transition into university life.
  • Every student has a personal tutor and additional support is managed by service departments across the university.

What Do International Students Study?

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £13,340 £13,340
Mixed - -
Laboratory £15,920 £15,920
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for entry at undergraduate level.
  • The scholarships are worth £5,000 per annum (for up to three years of study) towards the cost of tuition fees and are offered to nationals of any country paying international fees.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Annual events, including the International Dinner which takes place in Welcome Week, and WorldFest – an annual four-day event for students and staff celebrating diversity and multiculturalism within the university.
  • The International Recruitment Office arranges for new international students to be met at their arrival airport by Kent Welcome Helpers, who are all student volunteers.

Organisations for International Students

The International Recruitment Office offers support and pastoral care for international students throughout their time at Kent.

  • We offer specially designed programmes to prepare international students, who do not have English as a first language, for academic study.
  • These courses focus on developing the English language and study skills so that students can meet the level of proficiency required for their chosen course.

International Buddy Scheme and learning support

  • This scheme is run by Kent Union and matches current students with new international students to help them settle in when they first start at Kent.
  • The Student Learning Advisory Service runs a programme of academic and social events specifically for international and European students.

Kent Union International Committee

  • Responsible for representing the views of international students at the university, the committee organises social events such as The Big International Night Out takes place in Welcome Week.
  • The committee also celebrates Europe Day and WorldFest.
  • There is an elected International Officer (usually a full-time student), who chairs the International Committee, a Vice President for Activities, and an Outreach and International Coordinator who is a full-time member of staff.

Spiritual development

  • There is a multi-faith chaplaincy (Anglican, Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, Methodist, and Pentecostal) and a variety of religious societies.
  • The Canterbury campus has a small chapel in Eliot College, and a mosque located at the rear of the Sports Centre.
  • A chaplain is available throughout the week at the Medway campus and can be contacted through Student Services or the Student Learning Advisory Service, both located in the Gillingham Building.
  • Muslim students are able to meet for prayer on campus through the UMSA Islamic Society.

Careers and Employability

  • The Careers and Employability Service at the University of Kent fully supports international students’ search for work experience.
  • The service advertise internships, work shadowing, formal graduate vacancies and local opportunities in order to help students gain experience and skills in their chosen area of career interest.
  • The careers web page has a specific section aimed at international students, with an area devoted to gaining experience in the UK.
  • There are also regular drop-in sessions and seminars on finding and getting work experience.