The University of Kent, the UK's European University, is recognized for its outstanding student experience, and is home to 17,000 students, 24% of whom are from overseas. Students vote Kent one of the top universities in the UK in national satisfaction surveys. Kent combines the quality of a UK education with the cultural opportunities of the European continent, and is a great base from which to explore the region. Study abroad and JYA students are welcomed to the verdant, 300 acre main campus, with its outstanding social, sporting, support and accommodation facilities, in the World Heritage city, Canterbury.
The University of Kent is located a short walk from Canterbury city centre, which is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, within the local government district of Kent. It lies on the River Stour. Canterbury is a popular tourist destination, consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom
The University of Kent is broadly divided into three Faculties:
- Social Sciences
SDSU students can seek to take modules (classes) in any Kent academic unit which they have the appropriate pre-requisites. The pre-reqs are clearly noted in the Kent module catalogue.
As is normal in England, all degrees are three year degrees, so SDSU considers upper-division to be Year 2 (Level 5) and beyond.
All courses are taught in English with the exception of any foreign language courses.
Semester 1: Late September to Mid December
Semester 2: Mid January to Mid June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Access the Choosing Your Modules
catalogue for incoming study abroad students. All students should discuss module descriptions with their SDSU academic advisors early. Be aware prerequisites for modules/classes in the UK are taken very seriously and students mostly enroll in Year 2 modules if they need upper-division credit. Look closely at when each module is offered, autumn (fall) versus spring. Single semester students cannot enroll in a full year module.
Students usually take four Kent modules (or classes) adding up to 60 Kent credits or 30 ECTS (European credits), which is equivalent to 15 SDSU units. 15 Kent credits is equivalent to 3.7 SDSU units. Kent requires incoming exchange students to be enrolled full-time, which is 60 Kent credits per semester. Please examine the details on Kent credits
for more clarification.
Note: At the University of Kent, SDSU considers 500+ courses, Level I or H courses, and Stage 2 or 3 courses as upper division.
Housing and Meals
University housing is available for all study abroad and exchange students. See the Kent Accommodation
website for more details.
Other practical information for exchange students is available on the Kent International Office
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
required to apply for a visa; they receive a Short-Term Student Route visa stamp upon arrival. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, which also allows U.S. citizens to legally work. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State