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University of Kent


The University of Kent is one of the UK's leading universities, awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and is a popular choice for international students from more than 140 countries. Based on the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education (THE), outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities. The University is also ranked in the top 10% of the world’s universities for international outlook, in the THE World University Rankings 2018.

The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful campuses in south-east England close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome. As a student, you benefit from the rich historic and cultural heritage of these locations and the wide range of opportunities they allow. The Canterbury campus is nestled in 300 acres of parkland overlooking the World Heritage city and each year many students from around the world fall in love with the city’s diverse and cosmopolitan charm.

The University of Kent was granted its Royal Charter on 4 January 1965 and the first 500 students arrived in October of that year. Five decades later, Kent has grown to 20,000 students representing 149 nationalities, from one college to six, and from a single location to seven established sites throughout Europe.

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Kent is celebrated for its academic excellence and world-class research. All of Kent’s academic schools produce world-class research and the University is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many disciplines. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks Kent among the top 20% of UK Higher Education Institutions for research power. This means that you will study in one of the best research-intensive universities in the UK and learn from some of the most influential thinkers in your field.

Kent offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study and work abroad opportunities and international summer schools. And if you don’t yet have the required level of English language, Kent offers a range of flexible pre-sessional courses to enable students to progress to their chosen programme. These include the International Foundation Programme which can be studied on the Canterbury campus in the UK. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.

Kent’s intensive 2-week summer school programmes in Biosciences, Journalism, History, Psychology, Politics & the Arts offer students the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in their subject and meet students from around the world. 

School of Arts Rankings in Guardian League Tables 2018:

  • Architecture – 10th
  • Business, Management & Marketing – 23rd
  • Criminology – 11th
  • Economics – 16th  
  • English and creative writing – 7th
  • Law – 15th
  • Media and Film – 3rd
  • Politics – 9th

Kent is consistently rated as one of the leading law schools in the UK and is ranked in the top 100 worldwide in the QS World Rankings. The University's Sociology courses are ranked in the top 150 according to the QS World Rankings 2018.

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The University of Kent has three campuses in the UK, situated in Canterbury, Medway, and Tonbridge. It also has sites in Europe, at Paris, Brussels and Athens.

The main campus- Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland and is less than 25 minutes’ walk from the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Canterbury is a vibrant city with a warm and friendly atmosphere, within easy reach of London, France and Belgium. There is a free coach service between Medway and Canterbury campuses.