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Kent, University of

Kent is a leading research-intensive UK university based in the south-east of England and continental Europe. With its main campuses in Canterbury and Medway, and graduate centers in Brussels, Paris and Athens, the University of Kent has an international reputation for academic excellence, inspirational teaching and a fantastic student experience.

The university is consistently rated as one of the best schools in the UK in the National Student Survey. In the Government’s Research Assessment Exercise, Kent University was placed in the top 15% in the UK for its world-leading research, with all academic schools and centers producing research rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

Kent is dedicated to helping its students gain a head start for when the time comes to begin or develop a career. The university places a strong focus on graduate employability and skills acquisition and we have established a number of initiatives, extra curricular activities, to make this possible.

These activities include a careers and employability advisory service, award systems such the Employability Points scheme and the Global Skills Award, Language Express – providing language learning for all, Kent Round One – a student enterprise hub, the on campus JobShop and Volunteering credit scheme, and Go Abroad – providing flexible short-term study and work abroad opportunities.

All students at Kent have access to a wide range of personal support services. These include: the Medical Centre on the Canterbury campus, the Counselling Service; the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, with a team of tutors and support assistants, 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

The university also includes two associate colleges:

  • Chaucer named after Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales.
  • Wye, located in the village of Wye.

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, ArtsFest, WorldFest and Keynes Stock. Medway students make use of the nearby Medway Park, a sports facility which doubles as an Olympic training camp. Students in Brussels, Paris and Athens make are able to make use of the cultural, artistic and political access of these major cities, with Kent centres based in the heart of each city.

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: Canterbury, England with campuses in Medway, Brussels, Paris, Athens

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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