England Study Abroad Program at the University of Kent
About University of Kent in Canterbury, England
We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Kent for your semester or year abroad. Located on a hilltop, the University of Kent offers the comfort of a self-contained campus overlooking beautiful and historic Canterbury. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What the University of Kent has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What courses am I eligible to take?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
What if I need to take a required course?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
15 Kent credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
What do I need to know about exams?
TranscriptsHow will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Kent. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
Residential Colleges: There are three residential colleges on campus (similar to dormitories in the U.S.): Beckett, Eliot, Rutherford and Keynes. These are single study bedrooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms. Dining facilities are located throughout the campus.
When a student is assigned to full-service housing, such as a residential college, there is a housing supplemental charge for full-service facilities. More details regarding this charge can be viewed on the program fees tab.
Residential colleges require students to move out of their rooms during vacation periods. If you do not want to have to move out of your room during vacation periods (which last several weeks) we advise you to request a student flat (see below).
Every student at Kent belongs to a college whether he or she lives on campus or not. Each college has a bar, common rooms, game rooms, a small shop, launderette and computer facilities. Many classrooms are also in the college buildings.
Student Flats: The University of Kent offers self-catered options at Park Wood, Tyler Court , Keynes Flats, and Darwin College. Park Wood village is about a 10-minute walk from campus and includes a student bar (Woody's), a launderette and a small shop to buy food and other essentials. Rooms are arranged in five- or six-bedroom houses. Residents share kitchen and bathroom facilities, and there is often a small common dining room. Students are expected to provide their own cooking utensils, pots and pans, and cutlery. We suggest that you wait until your arrival in Canterbury to purchase the necessary kitchen supplies, as past residents often leave assorted cooking equipment behind.
The student flats allow students to remain in their housing during vacation periods. If you are going abroad for the academic year or spring program, you are encouraged you to request a student flat so you do not have to vacate your housing during vacation periods.
Please also keep in mind that all on-campus housing is mostly occupied by first-year British students or other international students. Most second- and third-year British students live off-campus, usually in town.
What kind of furniture is provided in my room?
The residential colleges of Eliot and Rutherford come with a meal allowance that covers breakfast or can be used towards your evening meal.
Dining facilities are located throughout the campus. Accommodation in Keynes College and Beckett Court are offered on a bed and bistro basis, which includes breakfast and dinner.
Student flats and Darwin College are self-catering. Students are expected to provide their own cooking utensils, pots and pans, and cutlery.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Living and Studying Abroad in Canterbury, England
Dates & Fees
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Important: Spring students should take special note of the dates for spring break and exams. Students are expected to remain at Kent until their last final exam.
Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.