University of Kent Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Canterbury,UK

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Srishti Chatterjee

The University of Kent is a public research university in the UK. The main campus of the university, spread across 300 acres, is situated in Canterbury. The university has over 4,592 faculty members, including other staff, and the faculty-student ratio stands at 1:17 as per HESA benchmarking data (2018/19). It has two major libraries with over 1.1 million books and journals, thousands of e-books, e-journals and databases with over 2,700 study spaces. Kent has a strong international impact owing to its external networks, partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world, resulting in an alumni of 1,81,000 from more than 180 countries. It also an extensive study abroad programme with over 170 universities in 39 countries. Additionally, 97% of the university’s research was judged to be of international quality in the Research Excellence Framework, up from 87% in 2008.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


The university provides over 500 courses to undergraduate and graduate students in several disciplines like Nursing, Engineering, Finance, Arts, History, Media, Psychology, etc. Apart from this, it also offer foundation programmes that enable progression onto a wide range of undergraduate degrees. Presently, it offers two foundation programmes i.e. the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and the 4-year Integrated Programme (with a foundation year).

 

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

It is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP allow students a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto their chosen undergraduate degree.

 

Four-year Integrated Programmes (including one Foundation Year)

This option is available in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics programmes. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree.

 

Major Areas of Study

Accounting and finance

Business and Management

Nursing

Arts

Media and Communication

Psychology

Engineering

International Business

Law

Social Sciences

Economics

Sports

History

Chemistry


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


Kent has country-specific eligibility requirements for international students. This, for Indian students, it accepts a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Do note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.

 

Foundation Programmes

Students from India need to obtain between 50-55% overall in their Grade 12 examination, depending on the board they have studied.

 

Undergraduate Programmes

Kent considers students for undergraduate study who have completed Grade 12 studies and received their Higher Secondary School Certificates, such as:

  • Indian School Certificate
  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate
  • All India Senior School Certificate

The university expects students to achieve a minimum score which can range from 65% to 75% overall in their Grade 12 examinations, depending on the examination board and the intended programme of study. Some courses may state specific subjects and grade requirements.

 

Postgraduate Programmes

For master’s programmes, Indian students typically need to have completed a three or four-year undergraduate degree (Honours Bachelor degree or any professional degree) from an accredited university or college. General Bachelor degrees may sometimes be considered. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for and the institution you have studied at.

For programmes that require a 2:1, Kent usually requires a First Class degree, a final CGPA of 6.0/10, or 60%. Students from top institutions may be considered with a high Second Class degree, a final CGPA of 5.5/10, or 55%. For programmes that require a 2:2, the university requires a high Second Class degree, a final CGPA of 5.5/10, or 55%.

Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.

 

Research Programmes

For entry to a Kent PhD programme, Indian students should have completed a master’s degree with First Class, a CGPA of 6.0/10, 60% or equivalent from an accredited institution.

 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Apart from the general academic requirements, international students whose first language is not English need to submit English proficiency test scores. UG and PG requirements might differ as per course, however, in general, any one of these test scores will be accepted:

 

Kent_English_Requirements

 

Know more about these exams:

 

Note: Some of the courses may have higher score requirements. For more details, check the university website.


What all documents are needed for application?


All documents need to be uploaded on the application portal during the admissions process. The university may require original copies at the time of enrolment. Application documents should be in English, and if not, students are advised to get these documents translated into English. Usually, the following are required by international students at the time of application:

 

Type of Document

For UG Courses

For PG Courses

Academic Transcripts

Required

Required

English language proficiency test scores

Required

Required

Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

Required

Required

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

-

Required

Resume or student CV

Maybe required

Required

UCAS Essay

Required

-

Portfolio/other supplementary materials

As per course requirements

As per course requirements

Research proposal

-

As per course requirements

Passport copy

Required

Required

Financial documents

Required

Required

Health records

Required

Required


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


Kent charges no application fee for postgraduate programmes. For UG programmes, application fee is charges as per UCAS guidelines, i.e. GBP 20 for one course and GBP 26 for multiple courses.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The fee structure of the undergraduate and graduate courses for international students annually is: 

 

Kent_Annual_Tuition_Fee

 

Note: Tuition fees may change and include other charges. The University of Kent may adjust program tuition fees every calendar year. For more information on the exact fee structure, check the university website.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


The University of Kent provides over 160 scholarships to more than 3,200 international students. The scholarships are offered to students based on academic merit and financial need. The students will have to submit a 500-word essay to apply for a scholarship. The university also offers several bursaries to students with financial hardships:

  • Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries: GBP 500 (offers)
  • Kent Business School Hardship Bursary: GBP 3,000 (awards)
  • Postgraduate Loans for Doctoral Study: GBP 26,445 (borrow limit)
  • Postgraduate Loans for master’s degree: GBP 11,222 (borrow limit)

 

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility

Benefits (in GBP)

International Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Students with an offer letter from the university in an undergraduate course

8,000

Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence 2021

Students who have A*AA at A level in the first year of undergraduate study

2,000

International Undergraduate Scholarship – School of Anthropology and Conservation

Students with an offer letter from the university in an undergraduate course

2,000

The First 500 Scholarship

Students who attained AAB from three A levels in the course

 2,000

SMSAS NCUK Scholarship

Students who have a AAA at A level in an undergraduate program

2,000

Human Geography Sustainability Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarship

1,000

 

Scholarships for Postgraduate Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility

Benefits (in GBP)

Kent Business School Excellence Scholarship

Students who have a UK first-class degree or an equivalent international degree

5,000

Blackbaud Scholarship

Students who hold a 2:1 first degree in a sports graduate program

5,000

Brussels School of International Studies Scholarship

Students with a GPA of more than 3.5 on the American system

1,30,000

International Scholarships for Taught Master’s Students

Students who have an unconditional offer from the university for the postgraduate program

8,000


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


The university has two major intakes i.e. Spring (January) and Fall (September), however, most students apply for the Fall Intake.

 

UG applicants should keep the following UCAS key dates in mind while applying:

Action

Key Date

Applicants can start preparing applications on UCAS Apply

Early-June

Applications can be submitted to UCAS

Early-September

Medicine and competitive courses deadline

Mid-October

UCAS application deadline for equal academic consideration

Late-January

UCAS Extra available to applicants who wish to make new course choices

Mid-February

‘Late’ UCAS deadline

June-end

 

Most PG taught degrees are offered in Fall intake and the deadline for international students is by July-end. Kent has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research degree is in September only. The universityencourages PhD applicants to start in either September or January so that they can take advantage of the induction programme. Although there is no fixed closing deadline for research degrees, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before the intended course start date.


How to apply to UG courses?


International students can apply through UCAS portal or directly to Kent through its application portal. You should apply through the Kent application portal only if:

  • You are NOT from the UK or Ireland
  • You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)
  • You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future

International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives. Check the university website to find your nearest Kent agent.

Note: If you are eligible and intend to apply directly through Kent, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and Kent portal will cause issues to your application.

 

Kent_UG_UCAS_Application_Process

 


How to apply to PG courses?


Applications to postgraduate programmes are accepted via the university’s online portal only. To apply online, look up your course on the university website and click on the 'Apply' tab. Then, select the programme you wish to study.

 

Kent_PG_Application_Process

 

You will see the portal. Register as a new user and follow the steps given below.

 

Kent_PG_Application_Process_Registration

 

Step 1: Enter all the details.

 

Kent_PG_Application_Process_1

 

Step 2: Enter course details.

 

Kent_PG_Application_Process_2

 

Step 3: Enter your qualifications. Remember to fill all the sections before signing the declaration and submitting the form.

 

Kent_PG_Application_Process_3

 

PhD Application Process

PhD aspirants need to visit the relevant department website and find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for their research and thesis. Students are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss their research proposal.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


The international students might receive a final decision within a month after submitting their complete application as per the university’s policies and procedures. Students will receive the confirmation via email if selected by the university.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances to get into this university?


As per Kent’s admissions policy, the university aims to admit students who have the capacity to benefit from study at degree level, and the capacity to complete their courses in the time. Applicants are considered solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, or any other irrelevant distinction.Kent has taken positive steps to recruit from as wide a range of candidates as possible and is actively following strategies to widen participation to higher education. Thus, as long as the applicants meet the eligibility requirements and have competitive scores, the chances of getting selected are pretty good.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


The university has always welcomed a rich international mix among its students. International students are greatly valued for their contribution to the academic and cultural life of the Kent community. The university is a popular study destination among international students, especially Indian students as it has over 100 Indians studying at the campus across various programmes.

As of December 2020, Kent had a total student body of 18,865 students, including 14,530 full-time UG and 2,510 full-time PG students. On its Canterbury campus, the university hosted 16,645 students whereas on its Medway campus, it had 2,000 students. For the 2020/2021 academic year, 4,850 new undergraduates and 1,880 new postgraduates enrolled at Kent, including international students from 152 countries. Of the total student population across both the campus, a majority of the population are women (54%) and 46% are men.

 

Kent_Student_Population_2019-20

 


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programmes at the university can work on or off-campus. However, international students require a work permit to work legally in the United Kingdom. The timing of off-campus ranges from 10-20 hours per week during term time. Students can work full time during vacation periods.

 

Students can look for jobs from career services, university newspapers, university notice boards, campus employment listings, local organisations, sporting groups, job search websites, social media platforms like LinkedIn, etc. International students work requirements are:

  • Legal work permit
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Study programmes for more than six months in the university
  • Started the study programmes

 

If a candidate is a Tier-4 student visa holder, the following restrictions are applied:

  • A candidate cannot fill a full-time vacancy
  • No self-employment or freelance work
  • You cannot set up your own business
  • No job/work as a sportsperson

 

For part-time work, students can:

  • Book an appointment at careers.kent.ac.uk/
  • Find vacancies on the career webpage of the university
  • Opt for customer service to find the listed vacancies in large companies
  • Sign up with recruitment agencies
  • Sign up with Kent Union Jobshop

Note: For more details regarding on and off-campus jobs, check the university website.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


The University of Kent’s main campus is located in Canterbury, Kent with two more campuses in Kent–Medway and Tonbridge. It also has international campuses in Brussels, Athens, Rome, and Paris.

 

Kent_Campuses

 

Until 2020, the university was divided into three faculties, humanities, sciences and social sciences, which are further sub-divided into 20 schools. As Kent has a collegiate structure, it comprises eight colleges of which all students become a member when they join Kent.

 

Kent_Colleges

 


Is on-campus housing available?


The on and off-campus facilities are available at the university. It offers housing accommodations to more than 6,000 students. Canterbury has 5,400 rooms in beautiful Parkland and 1,100 rooms in Medway. The Medway campus is segregated into two sites, the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. The residence halls of the university include wireless internet, comfortable furniture, bed, air conditioning, tables, and suite-style living options with private bedrooms, and shared bathroom and kitchen. The residence halls also have cleaning services and laundry facilities.

In addition, off-campus facilities are available, and students can seek housing facilities through the listings of private owner housing options near the university. Also, students can check the University's website for numerous communal housing cooperatives, housing companies, and private landlords for housing accommodations. Apart from on and off-campus accommodation facilities, students can stay in their own flats, apartments, or rental rooms if they like.

 

Housing Rates for Undergraduate Students

Self-catered Residence

Annual Cost (in GBP)

Park Wood Houses

5 bed: 5,034

6 bed: 5,806

En-suite room: 7,704

Twin en-suite rooms: 3,955

Darwin College

Simple room: 4,998

Large room: 5,806

Tyler Court

A: 7,174

B/C: 7,704

Keynes Flats

En-suite room: 7,704

Large en-suite room: 8,206

Keynes Houses

6,420

Turing Flats

Large suite room: 7,704

Extra-large: 8,206

Turing Houses

6,420

Woolf College

En-suite room: 7,704

Eliot College

Simple room: 5,426

Large room: 6,044

Rutherford College

Simple room: 5,426

Large room: 6,044

Partly-catered Residence

Annual Cost (in GBP)

Keynes

7,490

Becket Court

En-suite room: 7,490

Large en-suite room: 8,354

Source: University of Kent

 

Housing Rates for Postgraduate Students

Residence Type

Annual Cost (in GBP)

Woolf College

En-suite room: 8,010

Large en-suite room: 9,313

Studio: 9,768

Darwin Studio Flats

12,750

Keynes Studio Flats

12,750

Source: University of Kent

 

Living Expenses 

Living Expenses

Weekly Cost (in GBP)

Accommodation

100-250

Food/ meals

20-70

Books, IT, and materials

15-20

Laundry and clothing

15-45

Entertainment

25-65

Source: University of Kent

 

Note: The rent rate mentioned does not include other costs like deposit, administrative, activity, and other fees. These rates fluctuate yearly, thus, it is recommended to refer to the official website for exact pricing details.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


Students can contact the university in case of any doubts:

Address: University of Kent, Giles Ln, Canterbury CT2 7NZ, United Kingdom

Website: www.kent.ac.uk/

Telephone: +44-(0)-1227-76 4000


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