The University of Kent received its Royal Charter in 1965 -- one of seven new campus universities founded in England in the sixties. Today it has an international reputation for academic excellence which is maintained by its high standards of teaching and research.
The campus is built on 300 acres of parkland half an hour's walk from Canterbury city center. Residential, teaching and administrative buildings are surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. The campus is self-contained, which means that you are usually within walking distance of all the excellent facilities on offer: the Sports Centre, the Gulbenkian Theatre complex including Cinema 3, the Students' Union including the Venue nightclub, the Templeman Library, the Medical Centre, the Computing Service, the Campus Shop and bookshop, a pharmacy, an off-license, banks and cashpoints, bistros, bars, public access terminals, bus-stops and launderettes. There are over 15,000 students at the Canterbury campus, including undergraduates and postgraduates, plus lecturers, research staff, members of the local community and overseas students on a year abroad. With over 150 nationalities represented, the campus has a very cosmopolitan feel.
Canterbury is located about 60 miles southeast of London. The city claims to have been inhabited since pre-Roman times. Augustine established his first cathedral and abbey around AD 600, and in medieval times the city became a center for pilgrimage, made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The city's medieval history is easy to see in its streets, buildings, and world-famous cathedral. Canterbury has a thriving cosmopolitan atmosphere, and the streets are packed with small shops, bookstores, large stores and over 80 restaurants, bars and pubs. The Channel Tunnel to Europe is about 30 minutes away, featuring the Eurostar train to mainland Europe.
Kent strongly encourages interdisciplinary study, and students are free to choose a program that draws on different subject areas. However, students should have some background in the subject areas chosen. Kent modules are usually 15 or 30 credits (4-8 UMass credits), with a full semester course load averaging 60 credits. Subject areas range from Humanities and Social Sciences to Science, Technology and Medical Studies. UMass Amherst has ties with Kent's Biosciences faculty and students with majoring in Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and with cumulative GPAS for 3.7 or higher will be able to apply to do research in one of the campus labs (during the spring term). There are some limitations on Psychology modules for exchange students, so students should consult the Kent Psychology available module list.xlsx.
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Kent offers a range of accommodation for nearly 4,000 students. Nearly a third of the accommodation is newly built with en suite facilities. Most rooms have computer network connection. On the central campus there are rooms, flats and houses in the University's colleges and accommodation buildings. The student village at Park Wood is a ten-minute walk from central campus and offers accommodation in houses or flats. Visit the Kent Canterbury Accommodation website.
The four colleges on the central campus are multi-purpose communities, which offer accommodation for living, learning and socializing. College accommodation is available in term-time only. If you choose to live in college, your accommodation fees include breakfast each day, but you can use this allowance as a contribution towards dinner if you do not have breakfast. Self-catering accommodation in houses and flats is available both at Park Wood and on central campus. Houses consist of five or six bedrooms, with bathroom and kitchen; there are a few houses with a larger number of rooms. Flats have between four and nine en- suite bedrooms. Self-catering accommodation is available for the duration of the academic year - September to June including vacation periods.
Kent offers a dynamic multi-cultural social life. There are over 100 student societies at Kent, including societies for specific countries, general interest groups and sports teams. The campus has a theater, cinema, student radio station, bars and a nightclub.