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Kingston University

Situated on the River Thames in south-west London, Kingston University offers internationally recognised qualifications and a supportive community in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities.

London living

London is a great place to be a student and an experience not to be missed. The centre of London is only 25 minutes away from Kingston, offering you easy access to world renowned landmarks, theatres, museums, shops and nightlife.

Ideal location

The University is located in Kingston upon Thames, a historic and lively riverside town and a short journey from the centre of London. It’s rated one of the safest London boroughs (Metropolitan Police) and one of the happiest places to live in the capital (Rightmove). Gatwick and Heathrow airports are under an hour away, so you’ll never have far to travel to catch a flight home.

Diverse and multicultural

Every year we welcome students from more than 140 countries to Kingston University. You’ll meet people from all over the world, from East Asia to Africa to South America!

Excellent facilities

We’re investing up to £80 million on new campus and teaching facilities. We have the latest e-learning technology, excellent library resources and our design studios, workshops and laboratories are fitted with the best technical equipment.

Top quality teaching

At Kingston University, excellent teaching quality is essential and very important to us. To ensure you learn from the very best academics we endeavour to employ staff who are: research-active; respected in their fields; active practitioners in their subject who maintain business and industry links.

Career-focussed courses

Our courses place an emphasis on developing work-based skills, so we can give you the important career skills you need to succeed. Our three year undergraduate business degrees provide a professionally recognised qualification as well the opportunity for a 6-9 month work placement. We also offer a fantastic postgraduate work placement scheme to allow students to work for 12 months as part of their course. Our vocational focus helps us achieve some of the UK’s best graduate employment figures.

Supportive community

From before you leave your home country until after you graduate, Kingston University offers a wide range of support services, ranging from a free airport pickup service when you first arrive, to social events that help you make friends, to jobs fairs on campus, to health and counselling services.


Our special international scholarships are worth £4,000 per year of study and offer you not only a financial saving but also an admirable achievement that will look great on your CV.

For more information about applying to Kingston University, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: 17,547 students across 4 campuses

Number of international students: 2,892 non-UK students

City population:

  • Kingston upon Thames – 160,000
  • London – 8.5 million

Location: Greater London

Closest airports: Heathrow (9 miles), Gatwick (25 miles)

Date of establishment: 1992

Areas of expertise: Creative Writing, Journalism, Art & Design, Business, Graduate Creative Economy courses

Cost of tuition per year: from £12,700 (Bachelors) from £14,100 (Masters) (2019/20)

Accommodation costs per week (on campus): from £124


Scholarships: Our international scholarships is worth £4,000 for each year of study

Notable alumni:

  • Gail Emms, celebrated badminton player
  • Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief ‘Harper’s Bazaar US’
  • Eason Chan, Chinese pop star
  • John Richmond, fashion designer
  • Simon Kneen, Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director at Banana Republic, 2008-2013
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive at MITIE
  • Shelley Page, Head of International Outreach at DreamWorks Animation
  • Yoganathan Ratheesan, Founder & Chairman of Lebara Group
  • Hadia Tajik, Member of Parliament for Oslo, Norway in 2009 and Norwegian Minister of Culture, 2012-2013
  • John Tiner, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority, 2003-2007

January 15th deadline

If you're thinking of applying, consider applying before January 15th! While generally the 15 January UCAS deadline doesn't apply to international students, there are some exceptions and it helps to beat the rush of UK/EU students who will be submitting.  

We can help you apply ASAP!

More than a traditional degree

The UK offers you much more than a traditional degree -  Kingston University, London’s integrated undergraduate programmes are a good example. They include your degree, and business experience, and a path towards professional membership, as well as the opportunity to study abroad, all in three years, and for the same fee as a traditional degree. This combination gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers look for, enhancing your career prospects.

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