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University of Kent - Semester or Year Abroad


Overview

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.

 

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General information applicable to all Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

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

When we imagine England, we think back to the stories we were told as children and conjure up the quintessential images of quaint towns and villages; castles; stately homes; rolling green hills; great writers, poets, politicians and thinkers; the royal family; and a history that dates back thousands of years. The University of Kent, located in Canterbury, is based in one of the UK’s most historic cities and encapsulates all of these things and more, offering an unrivalled student experience.

 

University of Kent provides students with an environment that is both intellectually and personally stimulating. Set in over 300 acres of parkland just over a mile away from the centre of Canterbury, it is able to offer a beautiful campus with views overlooking the stunning Canterbury Cathedral.

 

The Canterbury campus also boasts the Gulbenkian Cinema and Theatre (a movie theater and outstanding regional theater which is used for both student and professional productions), sports facilities, banks, shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, a medical center, counseling support, and one of the most active student unions in the country. The University of Kent is voted one of the top universities in the UK in National Student Satisfaction Surveys.

 

 

 

 

 

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Location

The City of Canterbury is one of the UK’s most beautiful and historic cities. Still surrounded by its original Roman walls, Canterbury is home to traditional cobbled streets and many medieval buildings of great historical significance, not least of which is Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO. Canterbury also enjoys a wonderful location in southeast England, between two of the world’s great cities of London and Paris.

Surrounded by lush green countryside and with easy access to miles of beautiful coastline, the Canterbury campus is located in a thriving area of the country, with fast transport links to London and mainland Europe. Founded in 1965, it is the University’s original site and is built on 300 acres of parkland overlooking the city centre. Modern buildings are surrounded by open green spaces, courtyards, gardens, ponds and woodland, with stunning views of a href="http://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/canterbury/region.html" target="_blank">Canterbury and the Stour Valley

There are approximately 15,500 students at the Canterbury campus, including undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as lecturers, research staff, members of the local community and overseas students on a year abroad. With 140 nationalities represented, the campus has a very cosmopolitan feel.

London, with Heathrow and Gatwick airports, is just 56 miles away, and Paris is only two hours away by train

 

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Around the University

University of Kent’s main campus is in Canterbury, a city rich in history and literary heritage, and voted the UK’s safest University city by The Independent. The city’s population doubles during semester time, from 50,000 to 100,000, making this a truly student orientated city. While the 300 acre campus has all you need in one place – food, nightlife, arts, sports, support, banking and so on, students can walk or take a 5 minute bus ride to the city itself, where they’ll find a great choice of shopping, restaurants, parks, heritage sites, museums, and social and cultural opportunities. The city, and the campus, is home to festivals and seasonal events all year round.


The nearest coastal town, Whitstable, is only ten miles away and accessible from the campus by bus. The town is famous for great seafood, and is popular with students as great break from studies. The coast stretches round the county of Kent, offering a choice of beaches and activities, great for the warmer months.


Kent is known as the Garden of England, so it’s no surprise to find verdant countryside surrounding the city of Canterbury. This beautiful landscape is home zoos, safaris, woods, walking and cycling trails, castles, and many small towns and locations to explore.


University of Kent lies between the dynamic and cosmopolitan cities of London and Paris. London is one hour way by train, and Paris two hours. Students make the most of these two cities on their weekends, while enjoying the communal, safe and friendly city of Canterbury as their home. 
 

Academic Highlights

Kent is consistently voted one of the top universities in the UK in National Student Satisfaction Surveys. Excellent facilities are available to all students. Academic resources include libraries with over 1.3 million books, periodicals and journals, well-equipped laboratories and studios, and a learning advisory service.

 

Over 80% of the staff work in departments where the research is rated as internationally or nationally excellent. Kent staff include research leaders who are renowned for their innovative thinking in areas such as social policy, drama, statistics and operational research, biosciences, English, conservation, and law.

 

The new School of Arts building is a vibrant space bringing students together from a range of creative disciplines.

 

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Housing

Housing is guaranteed for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students studying at the University of Kent. Students will live in study bedrooms on campus – all of which are private, single bedrooms which are fully wi-fi equipped.

Kent offers both self-catered and catered housing options, and students will be able to apply for their housing online upon acceptance into the program. 

 

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University Services

Study Abroad students are supported by the International Office team, who act as the first point of contact for international students who need guidance, but perhaps do not know who, or where to go for help.

 

 

The University of Kent also has a Students Counseling Service that offers counseling and group work. Events and excursions are offered through the International Office, to help students learn more about the culture and meet other students.

 

International students will have access to the University Medical Center, the well-equipped libraries, computer labs, Careers Advisory Service, Sports Center, and more.

 

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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>
 

University Orientation

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

Prior to the first and second semester, the International Office at Kent organizes an Orientation Program for new international students. This two-day program consists of a general introduction to the university, the faculties, the city of Canterbury, and the student organizations. During orientation the International Office often takes students on a tour of the Canterbury Cathedral and to a nearby supermarket, ASDA. During these days, students will meet many other international students from all over the world.

 

 

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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

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. One of the best ways to integrate into British culture is by living with local people in their own homes. Students who enroll in University of Kent’s HOST program are able to take advantage of weekend-long family homestays where they choose to visit a British family in different cities of the UK. Students choose the city they would like to visit and are then matched up with a host family. All families are vetted and students can also choose to go in pairs if they would prefer not to go alone. This scheme is incredibly successful and allows students to see cities around the UK and experience them in a depth and manner impossible for tourists. This is also very low-cost to students who only normally pay their transportation costs from Kent to the destination city.

The Sports Federation on campus allows students at the University of Kent to join various Student Sports Clubs. Funded by the Students’ Union, the Sports Federation runs over 35 different clubs at a range of levels, so experience is not necessary. 

 

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:

Kent Union "Volunteering"
Run through the student union, this program a central placement service for any and all kinds of volunteer projects with the local community, or coordination of student-led projects. http://www.kentunion.co.uk/volunteering/ 

 

 

 

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Visit the Kent Student Union website for more information on student clubs, sports, and volunteering 

 

Special Programs/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>

 

Besides sporting events through the Sports Center, there are also numerous clubs and societies to become involved in through the Student Union.

 

If you still haven’t found anything that suits you check out the program called Do Something Different, which looks for one-off events and activities for students to participate in. This program is for all Kent students and gives you a chance to try out new activities with the freedom to come and go as you please. The program is a great way to meet new people, learn about the local community, and is very flexible to help fit anyone’s schedule.

 

 

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Enhance Your Experience Online

Global Citizen Development

Global CitizensThe new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory; however, we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  

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.  

 

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Photo Slideshow

 

Watch a short slideshow of photos of the University of Kent, Canterbury campus and surrounding area

 


 

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

University of Kent Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$10,690.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,800- $7,100 (Spring); $2,500 - $4,500 (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: April 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 17, 2014
Start DateSeptember 18, 2014
End DateDecember 19, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 17, 2014
Start DateSeptember 18, 2014
End DateJune 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 5, 2015
Start DateJanuary 6, 2015
End DateJune 14, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1April 6, 2015 - May 5, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 10, 2015
Start DateSeptember 11, 2015
End DateDecember 13, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 10, 2015
Start DateSeptember 11, 2015
End DateJune 14, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of two years of full-time study at the university/college level (junior 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: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Corey Westbury
cwestbury@globalinksabroad.org
1-800-980-0033 X 143

Program Assistant
Graham Cruise
gcruise@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Director
Robin Buck
rbuck@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Coordinator
Marie O'Connor
rclondon@globalinksabroad.org
+44 07935005630