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.
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.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Cost of living in the UK
Living Costs 2019/2020
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other 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:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
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.