When leaving your current university, you will likely be asking yourself how you can differentiate yourself from your fellow graduates, when seeking a job, and along those lines, what has been the most outstanding experience of your life so far in terms of what you gained, and how you developed…
Excellent sports facilities - one of the best student gyms in the country, Over 40 student sports clubs, A “sport for all” policy - everyone can be a member, Over 50% of students are Sports Centre members, The Venue - our own student night-club, Student radio station/newspaper, Gulbenkian Theatre, Gulbenkian Cinema, Orchestras/bands/concerts, Several bars, bistros and restaurants on campus…
The success of your study abroad is down to you. Get prepared, ask questions, and seek support… and be prepared to enjoy yourself
Study abroad at University of Kent Hazel Lander International Office Co-ordinator Welfare and Exchanges Officer International Office
Page 4 Why study abroad? Cultural immersion Independence Increased maturity and confidence New academic avenues Wider job opportunities And lots of fun “There really is no more amazing experience than studying abroad.” Heather Kissinger, Study Abroad at Kent student, from USA
The University of Kent – Canterbury campus Page 5 Set in 300 acres of parkland… 20 minutes walk to city centre
City of Canterbury Page 6 Canterbury is a World Heritage site, with a history spanning Early Britain, Roman occupation, Medieval and Tudor times
London or Paris… or both 1 hour from London by rail 15 minutes from the coast Easy access to main international airports of Heathrow and Gatwick Continental Europe Page 8
Rich cultural & literary heritage Canterbury has links to Chaucer, Christopher Marlowe & Charles Dickens & Joseph Conrad. Population of 45,000 with 2 million visitors annually (plus 40,000 students) People-friendly city centre specialist shops, small bars and bistros, all within walking distance of campus. Canterbury is the UK’s safest student city. The Independent
Top ranking university for student satisfaction “The five months were the greatest months of my life, and not a day goes by without thinking about the great times I had while at Kent" Daniel Reese Study Abroad student from Penn State
Top ranking university for student satisfaction "Studying at the University of Kent in Canterbury was, without a doubt, a unique experience. I got to know and become friends with so many people from all over the world. UKC is definitely a melting pot of cultures reflected in its array of students from England and all around the world.” Joe Study Abroad Student from USA Did you know? Kent is one of the top ten universities in the UK for student satisfaction!!! The Times Online
First class facilities New for this year: School of Arts building and Sports Pavilion, joining top academic resources, sports centre, cafes, bars, nightclubs, and cinema/theatre – the art hub in the region.
Welcoming environment Excellent support and special welcome events for international students in Welcome Week. Ongoing academic and personal support throughout the year. International events such as WorldFest in winter, and ArtsFest in summer.
International atmosphere Total Number Students: 18,164 Undergraduates 15,967 Postgraduates 2,197 No of students at Canterbury campus 15,316 25% of students are international, 139 nationalities represented. Did you know? Kent’s largest student groups are from France, China and the USA!
Campus accommodation Page 15 Campus University with outstanding security 24/7 Everything within easy walking distance 4,473 rooms on campus Free Internet connection in all rooms Catered or self catered accommodation Private rooms En suite
Short term study programmes Fall/Spring Semester Fall: 12 weeks from late September to late December Spring: 5 months from January to early June Study for a shorter period of time from a more limited range of modules. Page 17 Junior Year Abroad
One academic year (nine months) from late September until early June
Compile a programme from a range of Schools or take a more focused approach and study for one of our undergraduate diplomas
How to apply Liaise directly with your Study Abroad Office to make an application to the University of Kent. You will be asked to complete an application form, module choice form and submit a brief personal statement. Those wishing to take creative writing modules, we also need to submit a piece of writing. http://www.kent.ac.uk/studying/short-term/ Page 18
When you arrive Transportation: Representatives from the International Office will be at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports for September arrivals. You can book a place on a coach to bring you to the campus. This is only available to September arrivals. Welcome Week: A programme will be held before the start of term in September for year long or fall semester programme. Previous events have included trips to Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle - ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ During these times you can also make any necessary amendments to your programme of study. Page 19
Useful websites Kent’s International Office http://www.kent.ac.uk/international/index.html The British Council http://www.britishcouncil.org/ Page 21 UK Visas www.ukvisas.gov.uk/ UKCISA www.ukcisa.co.org/
University of Kent Teaching informed by World Leading and Internationally Recognised research – Government’s Research Assessment Exercise One of the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction – National Student Satisfaction Survey Main campus in Canterbury – one hour from London, two hours from Paris –The UK’s European University