Introducing KentPre-departure briefing International Development Office
A little bit about Kent• Where are we?• Academic reputation• Student population• Job prospects• Student Life• Accommodation• Fees and costs
Where you’ll be studyingCanterbury – one of the biggest and greenestuniversity campuses in the UKA safe, self-contained environment witheverything you need for a good academic andsocial lifeWithin walking distance of the city centre, 1 hourto London by train, 2 hours to Paris and Brusselsby Eurostar.Medway – the campus is based near the historicnaval town of Chatham, with purpose-builtriverside student accommodation, 40 minutes bytrain from central London.
World-leading research informs your learning • Award-winning, dedicated teaching informed by world leading research in Humanities, Sciences & Social Sciences • 18 Schools recognised as conducting research of world-class standing (Governmental Research Assessment Exercise, 2008)
Excellent job prospects – get involved• Kent students are consistently within the Top 20 graduate starting salaries (Sunday Times University Guide)• Year in Industry and study abroad available around the world.• 97.2% of our postgraduate students found a job or further study placement within 6 months of graduating• Professional Careers Advice Service and contacts with companies and governments world-wide• The Employability Points scheme rewards students for active engagement in extracurricular activities. http://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/• A pioneer university with Kent’s Law Clinic and Kent’s IT Centre Did you know? Canterbury was ranked as the safest university city in England in 2012
Congratulations! You have an offer to study at the University of Kent • International atmosphere • Living costs and tuition fees • Planning ahead • Student life
International atmosphere Total Number Students: 19,665 Undergraduates: 14,030 Postgraduates: 2,840 26% of students are international, 125 nationalities represented. Did you know? Kent’s largest international student groups are from France, China and the USA.
Living costs and tuition feesVisit our cost calculator pages to manage and calculate yourmoney whilst you are at university.http://www.kent.ac.uk/finance-student/calculators/index.htmlOther useful websites are:http://www.uniaid.org.uk/http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Tuition Fees 2012/2013International Foundation Programme: £10,350Undergraduate Non-laboratory: £11,625Undergraduate Laboratory: £13,400More information on fees can be found at:http://www.kent.ac.uk/finance-student/fees/postgraduate
Planning ahead – Key datesKey dates:15th – 16th September 2012 – Arrivals Weekend17th – 21st September 2012 – Welcome Week24th September 2012 – 14th December 2012 – Autumn Term14th January 2013 – 5th April 2013 – Spring Term6th May 2013 – 14th June 2013 – Summer Term
Planning ahead – Welcome WeekThe University of Kent organises a welcome programme for thehundreds of international students arriving on our Canterbury andMedway campuses. The programme takes place during Welcome Week,before term commences. Although optional, we strongly recommend thatyou come along as it is a great opportunity to make new friends and getto know the University and the surrounding areas before the busy firstweek of term. To take part you need to register at:www.kent.ac.uk/gettingstarted/international/events/index.htmlThe Welcome programme includes:• Welcome meeting (including essential information about Englishlanguage lessons, academic life, welfare, immigration advice, UK healthservice and opening bank accounts)• Visit to Leeds Castle• International students’ dinner
Student life• Campus life – best of both worlds• Over 100 student societies• We offer a high level of support; Kent Student Union, Jobshop, Student Learning Advisory Service, English Language Unit, Medical Centre and Pharmacy and Sports Centre• Multi-faith and multicultural• Range of international cuisine on campus restaurants and snack bars, vegetarian, halal, etc
Planning ahead - What can you do from home?• Accommodation – have you booked it? If coming to Kent via ‘Clearing’ we’verequested this on your behalf• Apply for visa - When you accept your offer, we will send you a CAS number bye-mail, which you will need when applying for a visa. If you email address havechange, please contact us,• Getting Started at Kent booklet; book onto orientation events; Airport pick upservice• Payment of fees in advance or on arrival at Kent (instalments possible)• Register online (using ID number from final offer letter)• Send us a photo (.jpeg preferred)• Set up your computing account online• Choose your modules online www.kent.ac.uk/gettingstarted/
Planning ahead – Accommodation • If you have not yet applied for accommodation, please do so as soon as possible at: www.kent.ac.uk/accommodation • All of our accommodation includes internet connections in the bedrooms, so you can use this to do your research, and also to stay in touch with friends and family • Free contents insurance offered for those with a room on campus • Students will be informed which accommodation they have been allocated at the end of August. Remember to accept the offer of accommodation when it is made. If arriving late, check arrangements on where and when to get your key for accommodation
Planning ahead – Health• Chest X-rays• Purchase adequate travel insurance to cover you before youarrive in the United Kingdom• Students studying in the United Kingdom for a period ofstudy longer than six months will be able to register with theNational Health Service• Students can register at the University Medical Centre tosee a doctor or nurse free of charge. However, there will be acharge for prescriptions• It is a good idea to consider any medications that you takeand whether you can get medications in the UK and whetheryou can take some with you before you go.• If you need any additional support while you are abroad forexample extra time in exams please let us know as soon aspossible.
Planning ahead – getting a bank account• There is a bank on the Canterburycampus, and many more in the citycentre.• Shop around for the best account– you shouldn’t have to pay fees ona standard student account, andmany banks offer rewards forsigning up.• Bring some money with you foruse while your account is being setup.
Planning ahead – What you should bring with you • Baggage allowance: excess baggage charges can be expensive and you will have to carry what you bring. • In your hand luggage make sure you have all your important documents including your passport, visa documents, qualifications and insurance documents. • It is also a good idea to carry a photocopy of all your important documents with you in your hand luggage • Do NOT carry any prohibited items. Do NOT bring too much clothing, food or stationery – this can be bought on arrival
Planning ahead – While you are abroad Keep in touch with home Tell your family your address whileabroad. At Kent for example, parents and friendscan register to receive news about theUniversity of Kent:hwww.kent.ac.uk/alumni/news/fprog.html Check the different UK phone carddiscounts: these are phone cards whichallow you to call home for special, verycheap rates. They are available innewsagents and some supermarkets. Download Skype, MSN, Whatsapp, Viberand other programmes on your computerand mobile phone.
Culture Shock It is to be expected – don’t worry if it happens toyou. It happens to many international students. Challenging times at the start of the year and onnational holidays and birthdays etc, but it gets easier Getting over it is often a matter of time. Make yourself aware of cultural differences andembrace them! Open your mind and learn from thehost culture. Use all resources to seek assistance. One of the best ways to overcome it is to getinvolved in university life.
Contact usIf you require any further information,please do not hesitate to contact us asfollows:Email: email@example.comTel: +44 (0)1227 823871We look forward to welcoming you to theUniversity of Kent very soon!