Forgot Password?

 Create a new account

Search this site:


 

Kingston University - Semester or Year Abroad


Overview

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Kingston University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Kingston University and all other England program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in England  with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

 

Quick Links

General information applicable to all Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

Use the left-hand navigation for information specific to this program.

Kingston University London is well recognized for the strength of the academic departments, the quality of instruction, and the proximity to London. With about 25,000 students, it is the largest provider of higher education in southwest London.

 

Kingston University seeks to establish a learning culture in which teaching and research of the highest quality are able to flourish equally. It aims to combine respect for traditional academic values with enthusiasm for novelty and innovation in higher education.

 

Research at Kingston keeps teaching up-to-date with the most recent developments, and many lecturers feed knowledge from industry or the professions into their teaching. Kingston puts students at the heart of its enterprise.

 
Check out a virtual tour of Kingston here.

  

Want to learn more about study abroad in England? 

   

 

Location

Kingston University is housed on four separate campuses close to the centre of the Royal Borough of Kingston in Greater London, which is an affluent and attractive suburb to the south-west of London.

 

All campuses are within easy reach of one another and are connected by a regular free bus service. The main campus on Penrhyn Road is a 25 minute train ride from the center of London with convenient connections to the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe.

 

The town of Kingston upon Thames is a mixture of old and new with a daily open air market as well as chain stores, supermarkets, a shopping mall, night clubs, discos, and multi-screen cinemas. Kingston upon Thames is an excellent place to live and study – the location offers the peace and security of living outside the London city centre as well as attractive green areas and easy access to the beautiful countryside.

 

Check out a virtual tour of Kingston University here.

Want to learn more about study abroad in England? 

 

Academic Highlights

Most undergraduate subject areas are open to study abroad students and students design their own program of study (subject to classes being approved and timetabling constraints).

 

Kingston has four Faculties that participate in the study abroad program:

  • Art, Design and Architecture;
  • Arts and Social Sciences;
  • Business and Law; 
  • Science, Engineering and Computing

 

Students attending for the academic year or spring semester MUST complete all coursework and take final examinations at the end of the academic year. Students studying at Kingston University for only the fall semester will have an alternate assessment arranged with their professor. 

 

Kingston offers a British Life and Culture class to all Study Abroad students. The class is designed to help students gain optimum benefit from their UK experience and become aware of British culture in its many aspects. Lectures are given on various aspects of British life, culture, and history followed by excursions to places of special interest including Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Greenwich, the Globe Theatre, and Parliament. In addition to the lectures and excursions each student undertakes an independent study on some aspect of British Life.

 

Want to learn more about study abroad in England?

 

Housing

As long as deadlines are met, all Study Abroad students are eligible for University-arranged accommodation. All accommodation is offered on a self-catering basis as there are no meal plans at Kingston University; however, there are student cafeterias on each campus.

 

Students have 2 housing options at Kingston:  

  • A room in the halls of residence where flats (apartments) have between two and nine other bedrooms. Flats are usually shared by both male and female students from a range of different backgrounds and courses. The residence halls have a range of rooms, some with en-suite facilities and others with shared bathrooms.
  • Private lodgings where students live in a local house with the property owner and have a single furnished bedroom, access to the kitchen to prepare meals, access to the bathroom, and are provided with bedding and cooking utensils/equipment. It should be noted that students will be living independently of the property owner. 

 

Want to learn more about study abroad in England?

 

University Services

The European and Study Abroad Office at Kingston University offers a comprehensive orientation program, an airport pick-up service, and a series of social events during each semester.

 

Study Abroad students have full access to the university’s student support and counselling services.

 

At Kingston University students have access to 2,000 networked computers, StudySpace(online learning resource), free Internet, and email. Plus the student Intranet, StudentSpace, will keep students on top of University life and what is happening in Kingston.

 

There are four Learning Resource Centres (libraries) where students have access to over 437,000 books and audio visual materials, subscriptions to over 1,800 printed journals, 49,000 electronic journals, and 136,500 e-books.

 

Want to learn more about study abroad in England? 

 

Orientation

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

Kingston Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. 

Kingston provides a comprehensive orientation program at the start of each semester. The program provides an introduction to the University and the town and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other new students.

There is an International Welcome Centre at the University where students can go to call home, use the Internet, speak to staff, get advice, pick up a welcome pack of useful information and meet other students. The orientation program consists of an Essential Welcome and Orientation day with a welcome from senior staff, walking tours of Kingston and campuses, lunch, a seminar on adjusting to Learning and teaching techniques in the UK – designed to help you understand your new learning environment.

There is an evening welcome reception with music, dancing, snacks, and a bar, where you can go along and meet new people.

There is an additional Study Abroad orientation and enrollment session (compulsory attendance!) and academic advising sessions when classes can be finalized and/or changed. The third day of orientation for Study Abroad students is a free fun day trip to Brighton, on the south coast.

There are various optional events that students can choose to sign up for, with a nominal charge, such as walking tours of central London, Sunday Roast dinner in a local pub, a photo frenzy competition involving small teams of students racing to find and photograph famous sights in London.

There are numerous social events and parties organized throughout the year for all International students, and extra events for study abroad students too.
  

Want to learn more about study abroad in England? 

 

Scholarships Available

Kingston University supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad semester and year study abroad students with a £500 (GBP) scholarship each semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above to be eligible for this award.  This award is open to all majors, but preference is given to students in the fields of Life Sciences or Business.

In addition to this scholarship opportunity through Kingston University, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers many other scholarship opportunities and resources for students. Learn more.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students.

 

Example of how you can get involved on campus:

Kingston University Students' Union

Kingston University Students' Union - KUSU - exists to ensure you have the best possible experience of University, no matter what course you do or which campus you study at.  This website is a great resource for university clubs/socities, events, sports, discounts, and more!
http://www.kusu.co.uk/

 

Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.

 

All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.

 

Example of how you can get involved in the community:

StandOut Volunteering

This group has volunteering opportunities available in many different local organizations, including schools, day centres, charities, and with environmental projects. You can choose from a wide range of activities, from working with children, adults or animals, to practical hands-on work or office based roles. Whether you want to volunteer once or twice through one-off projects or make a regular commitment, they can find the right opportunity for you.

 

Have questions?

 

Special Programs and Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

A range of weekend and day trips are offered specifically to international students during each semester through the Kingston University International Students Society. Many students make their own travel plans to “see and do” Europe while studying at Kingston.

Paris is less than four hours by train! London is a 25 minute train ride away and has something for everyone – culture, arts, restaurants, and clubs. There are plenty of historical and cultural sites and events to visit and enjoy.

The British Life and Culture class has field trips as part of the course. Study Abroad students who are not already on the British Culture class are able to purchase any spare tickets / spare seats on the coach, providing opportunities to go on excursions to places such as Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath, London Theatre Shows, and backstage tours of the Globe Theatre.

 

 

Want to learn more about study abroad in England? 

 

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

 

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

 

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.

 

 

Want to learn more about study abroad in England?

 

Photo Slideshow

 

Watch a short slideshow of photos of Kingston University and of the surrounding areas of Kingston upon Thames and London

 

Ask Our Alumni

Ever wonder what it's like to live in Europe? Are you having trouble finding the right university for you? Speak to students that were already there! They are truly experts on their universities and cities, and want to help you go abroad too.


Email studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org with your name, email, and your specific program of interest and we'll email you with the contact details for one of our 20,000 alumni!


Please don't hesitate to contact us as well with any questions.

 

 

 

Fees

Kingston University Spring 2015 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *TBD
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,000 - $4.600 (Spring); $3,500 - $4,200 (Fall)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount
Kingston University Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$10,850.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,000 - $4.600 (Spring); $3,500 - $4,200 (Fall)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. *All fees are subject to change.



Dates

Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 12, 2014
Start DateSeptember 13, 2014
End DateDecember 19, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 12, 2014
Start DateSeptember 13, 2014
End DateMay 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 1, 2015
Start DateJanuary 2, 2015
End DateMay 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1March 23, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2April 4, 2015 - April 17, 2015
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 6, 2015
Start DateSeptember 7, 2015
End DateDecember 13, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 6, 2015
Start DateSeptember 7, 2015
End DateJune 7, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2April 16, 2015 - April 27, 2015

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.75

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Corey Westbury
cwestbury@globalinksabroad.org


Program Assistant
Graham Cruise
gcruise@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Coordinator
Marie O'Connor
rclondon@globalinksabroad.org