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University of Kent Partnership

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Program Overview


Historic Kent provides a unique backdrop to the university’s self-contained campus, where you’ll join students and staff from more than 150 nations. Kent is noted for strong law, international relations, and business departments, among others. Visiting students have access to all but a very small number of classes, so it’s easy to keep credits on track.  

After class, head off the wooded campus and through medieval city walls to the old town, where cobblestone streets and timber-framed houses mingle with world-famous structures, including Canterbury Cathedral. (Look for dragon door handles, stone imps and carved mermaids before you explore markets, shops, and cafes.) 

Canterbury is also a great jumping off point for further exploration. The coast and countryside are nearby, and must-see London is just one hour by high-speed train. 

Your program also includes IFSA excursions and activities that give you deeper cultural insights, with no extra fees. Possibilities include a West End London theater performance, a cooking contest in the tent made famous by the Great British Bake Off, and a visit to Darcy’s Pemberlyreally Chatsworth Housefrom the Pride and Prejudice film production.  

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: May 1-Extended
Spring: Oct. 15
Academic Year: May 1-Extended

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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To view available courses at the University of Kent, visit the Kent online course catalog.

IFSA requires students to enroll in a full course load at the University of Kent. A full course load at the University of Kent is four classes, or 60 credits, for the semester (equivalent to 16 U.S. semester credit hours) and eight classes, or 120 credits, for the year (equivalent to 32 U.S. semester credit hours).

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

A small number of modules are not available to study abroad students. If it is essential you take a particular module at the University of Kent, you may wish to check this with us prior to starting your application.

Journalism modules are not available for study abroad students.

Stage 1 drama modules are not available for study abroad students.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

Recommendation Letter
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA Program Center, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
  • City of Bath Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of historic Bath, including a visit to the Roman Baths and an afternoon tea experience at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House.
  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Dover Castle Tour: Sitting proudly atop the white cliffs of Dover and looking out over the English Channel, Dover Castle has served as a costal stronghold for more than 900 years. The site showcases its utility throughout different historical eras, from Henry II’s medieval tower and intricate network of tunnels winding behind the white cliffs, to its use as a seat of government, military planning, and wartime hospital during World War II.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960’s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option




Students at Kent live in shared flats (apartments) for up to nine students, either on campus or in the university’s nearby student village, a 15-minute walk from campus.  

Some housing has extra amenities—like private bathrooms—that warrant higher rent. Keep in mind that if you’re placed in more expensive housing, you will incur additional charges to cover these costs.  

Sample housing 

Take a look at Darwin College, one Kent housing option, to see what your Canterbury home might be like:  

  • Location: On campus, about a five-minute walk to classes and the library.  
  • Living space. Co-ed furnished flats. Designed for 10 students, with single bedrooms (each with sink, bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe) and bathrooms shared by four students. Shared kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, and kettle. Students provide kitchenware, bed sheets, and towels. 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals. Many flatmates tell us cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Additional details: Resident advisor on site. Laundry on site. Bathrooms and kitchens are cleaned once a week. Rose garden. On-site restaurant hosts students events.  
  • Nearby: Supermarket, cafes, and pubs within a five-minute walk. The city center is 30 minutes away on foot, or about 15 minutes by bus. 

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 11, 2024
December 14, 2024
May 1, 2024-Extended
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 11, 2024
June 14, 2025
May 1, 2024-Extended
Spring 2025
Early Jan. 2025
Mid-June 2025
$31,795 (estimated)
Oct. 15, 2024

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Kevin Canas

Kevin Cañas

Enrollment Counselor