Kent, University of

Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities. Awarded Gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, and with a global reputation for excellence – ShanghaiRanking places Kent in the top 500 of world universities (2018 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities) – the University offers you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, stunning study locations and a superb student experience. 

Kent offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. 

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 Russell Group universities. Because Kent’s academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field.

The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist centers in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome. Each offers a safe and welcoming environment for your studies.

Canadian Law Society

Kent has one of the most international law schools in the UK and is a popular choice for Canadian students. Kent’s Canadian Student Law Society is for students who are interested in practising law in Canada and holds a number of professional and social events, keeping in close contact with Kent's extensive network of alumni in Canada. 

Canadian students who wish to apply for any of the LLB (Law) programmes can also apply to the University of Kent upon completion of their school qualifications as law is considered an undergraduate subject in the UK. It is not necessary to complete an undergraduate degree in Canada first and then apply for the LLB.

Students who have already completed their undergraduate degrees in a non-law subject but who wish to obtain an LLB can also apply to Kent for entry to the Senior Status LLB, which allows you to complete the LLB in two years rather than three.

Award-winning student support

Recognised for its excellent student support, Kent has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Support for Students award at the Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 Awards, and won the same category in 2017. The University is dedicated to helping its students gain a head start when the time comes to begin or develop their career. 

The University places a strong focus on graduate employability and skills acquisition and has established a number of initiatives, including a careers and employability advisory service, an employability points scheme, the Global Skills Award, Language Express (providing language learning for all students), a student enterprise hub, an on-campus JobShop, and a volunteering credit scheme. 

And these initiatives work: 95% of Kent undergraduate students who graduated in 2017, and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

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

Colleges within the University of Kent

  • Eliot, named after the poet T. S. Eliot
  • Rutherford, named after the physicist Ernest Rutherford
  • Keynes, named after the economist John Maynard Keynes
  • Darwin, named after the biologist Charles Darwin
  • Woolf, named after the writer Virginia Woolf
  • Turing, named after mathematician, and founder of modern computing, Alan Turing 

Why study at the University of Kent

Student life at Kent is lively and cosmopolitan. Students studying at Canterbury and Medway enjoy their respective campuses as the center of their academic, personal and social life. Both campuses are home to accommodation, social and leisure facilities. The Canterbury campus hosts the annual festivals, WorldFest and Keynes Stock. Medway students make use of the nearby Medway Park, a sports facility which doubled as a training camp for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. Students in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens are able to make use of the cultural, artistic and political access of these major cities, with Kent centers based in the heart of each city.

Kent enjoys partnerships with prestigious universities across North America and is a favorite destination for Junior Year Abroad students, and for students who wish to study in the UK for just a semester. The Junior Year Abroad (JYA) program allows you to choose from a wide range of modules at Kent.

The University is currently home to over 200 students from North America.

To learn more and to apply for undergraduate or graduate courses at the University of Kent, please register with an Across the Pond Advisor today.

Student Population: 20,100

City Population: 162,400 (Canterbury District, 2017)

Date of Establishment: 4 January 1965

Location: UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway (south east England); European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome

Centres of Excellence: Law, Business, Computing, Biosciences, Arts, Drama, English, Languages, Archaeology, Architecture, Conservation, Environmental Science, Sports Science, Pharmacy, Journalism, Physics, Electronic Engineering, Digital Design, Criminology

Cost of Tuition per year: from £15,700 per year (2019/20)

Estimated Living Costs: £200-£450 per week, including accommodation

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