The University of Kent is a public research institution that was formed in 1965. Kent places emphasis on its research program and is one of only 15 UK institutions to have a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, designed to provide undergraduates with advanced training in quantitative methods. The University of Kent is in the top ten percent of the world’s leading universities for international outlook. Students from 149 different nationalities create an interesting and culturally rich environment.The University offers a wide range of social activities - including over 250 student societies and 50 sports clubs. With its globally-recognized curriculum, cosmopolitan environment, and exciting opportunities, the University of Kent is a popular destination for study abroad students. Learn more about the University of Kent.
Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
Canterbury is a small medieval city tucked into the county of Kent, which is known as the “Garden of England.” Canterbury is less than an hour from London, and is a popular tourist attraction for its architecture. Despite WWII bombings, several of the medieval buildings are still intact, and now mingle with more modern designs in Canterbury. Due to its proximity to France, there are often French visitors in the city. Canterbury also boasts a bustling shopping district, beautiful gardens, and a variety of activities on the River Stour.
Students can search for available courses, called modules, in the University of Kent's Module Catalogue. See the Choosing Modules page for detailed information on course selection. Students should plan to take 60 credits per semester and can choose courses in Stages 1-3. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Students will be pre-registered for their classes; there is very little opportunity to change courses after arrival in Kent.
Course Restrictions: A small number of courses are not available for short-term students. Students may not take courses within the Law programs. Business courses may also be restricted. Exchange students may not enroll in online courses. If you have any questions about course availability, contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
Fall Semester: September–December
Spring Semester: January–June
It is the student’s responsibility to arrange housing. University of Kent offers several on-campus housing options for exchange students ranging from shared apartments to houses to colleges. They offer meal-plans or self-catering facilities. Students are encouraged to apply for university housing early. Students may also choose to live off-campus. More information about Halls of Residences and how to apply can be found on the undergraduate accommodation pages.
Costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. For help estimating costs and budgeting, see the University of Kent's Living Costs page
. On their Living Costs page, there are links to a Student Living Cost Calculator
and a Student Budget Calculator
which may also be helpful.
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures. The University of Kent's Living Costs page and Student Living Cost Calculator (linked above) may be particularly helpful in estimating costs for housing and meals.
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary but a cost estimate is included in the University of Kent's Living Costs page (on the "Study" tab) linked at the top of this section.
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however a cost estimate is included in the University of Kent's Living Costs page and Student Living Cost Calculator which are linked at the top of this section.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.