University of Kent

Kent is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live. Set in acres of parkland, and less than an hour from London, Canterbury is a buzzing historic city.

Canterbury is also the closest UK city to the European continent giving students quick and easy access to explore famous cities like Paris, Athens, Rome and Brussels, not to mention the south east coast.  In 2017 the University was awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and received the 4th highest score in the UK during the most recent National Student Survey (2016) for student satisfaction.

Key information


Canterbury, UK




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022  
Priority Deadline: January 11, 2021

Applications for Winter 2021 UGo virtual exchanges are opening soon. First come, first considered for available spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Student experience

Jenn studied abroad at Kent twice and blogged through both of her years abroad!

Jennifer Peters

Program details

Areas of Study:

Actuarial Science, anthropology, architecture, art history, biosciences, business, classical & archaeological studies, chemistry, comparative literary studies, computer science, digital arts, drama, economics, software engineering, English literature, film studies, forensic science, Hispanic studies, history, international relations, linguistics, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, statistics.

Languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Closed Programs: Law.

For more information see the short-term study page or the course catalogue online.

Course Information:

Courses at Kent are called "subjects". Students at Kent typically take 60 credits per semester. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Kent credits. 

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The fall semester runs from mid-September to late December. The spring semester runs from early January to mid-June. There might be an option to finish semester two in April. Please check with your exchange advisor for details.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Information about living costs can be found on Kent's website

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.
    Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students can apply to Kent's residential colleges and can choose from catered or self-catered options.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Kent's requirements click here.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Check out Kent's Virtual Campus Tour here

Students with disability should check out the support services offered. In 2018, Kent was shortlisted for an Outstanding Student Support Award on the strength of their accessibility initiatives. 

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country. The University of Kent is committed to increasing their diversity, through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Network. They participate in many LGBT events throughout the year.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.