This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University of Kent. Fall, spring, and year options are open to you. The University of Kent is an exceptional university for students wanting to take law courses because, on a case-by-case basis, it offers semester-long law courses. Most other U.K. locations offer only year-long law courses.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- Compare the academic offerings at other English universities to determine if the University of Kent is the right partner institution for you.
- University of Kent, Canterbury online catalog/course listings. Note that in the UK “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
- The Program Guide provides detailed information about the English Universities program.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester; usually 4 courses or 60 University of Kent units. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required. A UCEAP Special Study Research Project would be in addition to a full course load.
The University of Kent is located on 300 acres overlooking Canterbury, a city that dates back to the 2nd century. Canterbury, with its magniﬁcent cathedral, remains the seat of the Church of England, and is a commercial and shopping center for much of rural Kent. It is located an hour and a half east of London.
Strong disciplines include computer science, drama (including theater history, theory, and performance), economics, international relations, political science, and social policy. The School of Politics and International Relations is enlivened by Kent’s participation in the Brussels School of International Studies. The School of Drama offers an exciting and diverse program where students explore everything from Shakespeare to scenography, farce to feminism, acting to anthropology, and playwriting to performance art. There are also courses in design, directing, radio production, contemporary performance practice, and stand-up comedy.
Test Drive Your Future
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa. Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
A UCEAP Special Study Internship Project would be in addition to a full course load.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
University housing can be either a catered college or a self-catering accommodation, such as Parkwood. Past UCEAP participants have been more satisfied with the self-catering units than with the catered colleges. Students have been uniformly satisfied with Parkwood, which offers two different price options. Bed linens are provided in residence halls and in Parkwood. Towels are not provided. All students are officially members of a college, at least for administrative purposes, even those in self-catering accommodations.
Inhabited for over 2000 years, Canterbury, located in southeast England in County Kent, was rated the safest university city by The Complete University Guide, 2009. Even though Canterbury is a small town with just over 43,000 people, the presence of the over 18,000 students at the University of Kent make Canterbury a vibrant college city. Made famous in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the city retains much of its medieval charm in its ancient streets and buildings. Historical sites include Canterbury Cathedral (founded in 587 AD), Norman ruins, rolling green hills and White Cliffs of Dover. The county also hosts various festivals and fairs throughout the year.
Nearby Ashford is a stop for all EuroStar trains, so Paris and Brussels are only a little more than two hours away.
Kent is a great study abroad destination for students wanting an authentic English experience in a historic locale but without the challenges of daily life in a big city. Students note the city of Canterbury is “quiet” and it takes initiative to become involved in activities. But the university is quite international so you can make friends from all over the world.
The Kent Student Union offers a Certificate of Volunteering, which is a valuable addition to a résumé. The annual Canterbury Festival includes the Community Opera Project and seeks volunteers for both technical and performance components. Be sure to explore the cathedral with its awe-inspiring architecture, stained glass windows (at least one is a thousand years old), historical artifacts, and memorial at the site of the assassination of Thomas à Becket. (The site was the destination for the travelers in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.)