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University of Kent

University of Kent

University of Kent


In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Kent ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide

Here at Kent, we are all part of a vibrant, creative, and inclusive university seeking to make our mark. When you choose Kent for international study, you're the perfect gateway to the world beyond. A place for unlocking your ambition. Taking your vision forward. Achieving your goals.

You’ll join a diverse community of creative and critical thinkers who will inspire as well as challenge you to push the boundaries of your subject. Whether your next step is to discover more about your interests or pursue a long-standing career ambition, we’ll work together to help you shape your future.

Whether you study at our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway, or our specialist postgraduate center in Paris, you’ll find a safe and welcoming environment at Kent. As well as outstanding teaching that exposes you to new ideas, you’ll have access to first-class facilities, academic and well-being support, and a host of extra-curricular opportunities to extend your experience.

To support you during your studies, our generous scholarship fund includes awards for musical and sporting excellence and exclusive scholarships for international students.

Inspiring teaching led by research

Kent’s approach to research has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), our reputation was confirmed as a world-leading research university across the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. For you, this means that you’ll be joining a community that pushes boundaries, that is ambitious, innovative, and intent on making a positive difference in people’s lives. You’ll learn from leading thinkers whose work informs their teaching and who understand what it takes to produce world-leading research.

Great student experience

With 157 nationalities on campus, the world is on your doorstep at Kent. You’ll become part of our diverse and friendly community and make friends with people from all over the globe through our many student societies, sports clubs, and international groups.

Celebrate with us by joining in with festivals and events such as Diwali, Holi, Thanksgiving, or the Chinese New Year. Look out for WorldFest too, our annual celebration of our international community.

Your future starts here

We want your life after graduation to match your ambitions so, wherever possible, we build real-world experience into your degree to help you develop the professional skills you need to succeed. We make sure that our facilities mirror those you’ll encounter in the industry to help you hit the ground running and give you a serious advantage in the graduate world. You can add value to your degree by opting to take a year in industry or internship too: great development for you and invaluable experience for your future career.

For support with what comes next or to discover where your degree could take you, our award-winning Careers and Employability Service provides practical support from day one and up to three years after you graduate. If your plans involve working in the UK after graduation, Kent Union will support you in applying for the Graduate Route.

Campus Features

Whether you study at one of our stunning UK campuses or at our specialist European centers, a friendly welcome and superb student experience awaits. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.


A beautiful and friendly city, rich in history and home to nearly 30,000 students. Medieval buildings sit alongside lively bars and pubs and a wide range of shops and restaurants. Less than an hour from London, and surrounded by towns, villages, countryside, and beaches, Canterbury offers the best of all worlds.

Overlooking the Cathedral, our hill-top parkland campus has fantastic teaching, study, and social facilities including high-quality student accommodation, the Templeman Library, a sports center, a medical center, a theatre, a nightclub, a cinema, restaurants, bars, and shops.


There's lots to discover in Medway: historic towns, beautiful country parks, and riverside bars and restaurants.

Our Medway campus is based on two sites – Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham – and has exceptional facilities including an industry-standard newsroom, laboratories, post-production studios, music rehearsal rooms, and digital filmmaking suites. The campus has a lively and friendly atmosphere, with great food and entertainment at student-friendly prices.


Home to European Union institutions, NATO, and many other international organizations and NGOs, Brussels is the world center of international affairs. Our programs take advantage of this and our students enjoy unparalleled opportunities for networking, academic development, and professional advancement. Our center's purpose-designed facilities include 24/7 quiet study space, lecture halls and seminar rooms, and office space for doctoral researchers.


One of the most culturally rich cities in the world, Paris becomes your classroom as you follow in the footsteps of eminent intellectuals who have lived in, and taken inspiration from, this remarkable city. The content of all our Paris programs is designed to take advantage of the location, with study trips to the city’s museums, art exhibitions, archives, cinemas, and architectural riches an integral part of your studies.

Our School is based in the Columbia Global Center (Reid Hall), a global research and study center shared with partner institutions, in the district of Montparnasse. It is next to the Latin quarter, a district teeming with student life focused around the historic Sorbonne.

We have over 5,300 study bedrooms at Canterbury and over 1,100 at Medway. At our Canterbury campus, we offer a wide range of high-quality student accommodations to meet your needs and budget. Whichever option you choose you can be confident of a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment.

Self-catered accommodation

Perfect if you want to cook your meals and occasionally dine out. We offer self-catered accommodation in Darwin College, Keynes, Turing, Tyler Court, and Park Wood and at our dedicated postgraduate accommodation in Woolf College.

Part-catered accommodation

If you don’t want the hassle of preparing all of your meals, our part-catered accommodation is ideal. Our two on-campus options are:

Bed and Bistro

Available to residents in Keynes College and Becket Court, this package includes breakfast and dinner at Dolce Vita on weekdays and brunch and dinner at Rutherford Dining Hall on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Bed and Flex

Available to residents of Eliot and Rutherford Colleges, this catering and accommodation package includes a £10 daily allowance to spend on food in a choice of campus venues, seven days per week, during term time.

Liberty Quays

A great accommodation option for our Medway students. You will stay in your en-suite room in a flat for between 5 to 8 students, and each flat has a spacious kitchen. The cost of accommodation includes utility bills, internet connectivity, and personal contents insurance.

    Scholarships and Funding

    The University of Kent has a long-standing relationship with Chevening, which has successfully placed scholars from all over the world at the university for many years. Kent is proud to be a Chevening partner and offers three partner scholarships, in addition to the standard Chevening Scholarships. The University of Kent welcomes applications from all Chevening-eligible countries for any one-year taught master’s degree starting in September 2024, based at our UK campuses. Find out how to apply.

    For students starting a postgraduate course in September 2024 at one of our UK campuses, we have several scholarships available. Check if you are eligible to apply and get more information on our scholarship's web pages.

    Here are Scholarships that might be of particular interest:

    Why study at University of Kent

    Excellent support

    Shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2018.

    Superb student experience

    Our students consistently rate us as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK

    Global outlook

    We pride ourselves on our strong international focus and enable our students to develop a global perspective

    First-class facilities

    Kent students benefit from continual investment in facilities, academic programs, and services.

    Campus Life & Facilities

    There's so much more to Kent than lectures and seminars. You could join a student society, take up a new sport, immerse yourself in the music scene, or undertake volunteering to boost your career prospects.

    Sport and fitness

    We are committed to a ‘sport for all’ philosophy and encourage you to be more active, get fit, and have fun whilst at Kent. Whether you’re a recreational user or a serious athlete, our dedicated sports development team and fully qualified health and fitness instructors are on hand to help. Generous sports scholarships are also available.

    Arts and Culture

    Enjoy the very latest in film, theatre, art, music, history, and dance at our on-campus cinema and Gulbenkian Arts Center. You can also get involved in student-created productions and events.

    Musical community

    Music is a big part of the Kent experience. Students of all subjects can get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular music activities and there are even opportunities to perform in the spectacular surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. Music Performance Scholarships are available to talented instrumentalists and singers.

    Clubs and societies

    Share your interests and make lifelong friends from around the world. A wide range of sporting, performance, cultural, faith, and special interest groups are available and you could even establish your society. There are also opportunities for volunteering and fundraising and to work for Kent Union’s TV and radio stations.

    Have fun on a global scale

    With our truly international community – over 159 nationalities are represented by our students – you’ll have the chance to celebrate festivals such as Holi, Thanksgiving, and Chinese New Year with students from across the world.

    Student Support and Wellbeing

    Provides support with Specific Learning Difficulties, access requirements, and Inclusive Learning Plans, as well as wellbeing support if you are experiencing any distress arising from psychological, emotional, or mental health issues.

    Careers and Employability Service

    Can help you develop employability skills, plan your career, develop your CV, and practice interviews, as well as the opportunity to attend workshops and employer visits on campus.


    Two libraries containing over 1.3 million books, periodicals, journals, and online resources

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