UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD Exchange: University of Kent (United Kingdom)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
The University of Kent is one of the United Kingdom's leading universities with great facilities and a truly stunning location with easy access to London and the European continent. Twenty-five percent of the student population is international students, which creates an inviting and cosmopolitan community for work and play. The Kent Union runs many national or regional societies such as the Japanese Society, the Asian Society, and societies covering leisure interests such as anime, music, photography and all kinds of sport. Take a look at the sights and highlights of campus in this University of Kent student's video.
The University of Kent is located in southeast England in the city of Canterbury. Canterbury is a beautiful and safe city with a rich heritage and vibrant culture. It is home to the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral, which attracts millions of tourists every year. Generally, Canterbury is consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom and parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historical remnants like the city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, a Norman castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School, all add to the charm of the city. Amidst the cultural history of the city, there is also plenty to keep the extensive student population occupied with ample opportunities for shopping, dining and going out.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Students studying at Kent can take classes in a number of departments within the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.
When searching the Module Catalogue, undergraduates should choose Stage 2 (Intermediate) and 3 modules (Higher). A "module" in the UK is the equivalent of an individual class. Please note Engineering and Digital Arts are restricted subjects.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at the University of Kent will be converted as follows:
|University of Kent Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 UK credit x .3||1 UMD credit|
|10 UK credit x .3||3 UMD credit|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|University of Kent Grade||UMD Grade|
Accommodation is offered in residences on campus and is run by Kent Hospitality. Admitted students will be told how to apply for campus accommodation when Kent has sent their student ID number to them. Due to the cost of housing in the South East and the very large student population in the city, Kent does not recommend that students look for private accommodation.
For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/hospitality
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are many student activities and clubs available to give you a well rounded social life abroad. Some of the options include sports teams, societies, volunteering opportunities, and more!
There is a welcome week that takes place for new students in order to get to know the university, learn about support services, and make friends!
Counseling & Health Services
The Wellbeing Team at the University of Kent offers support to students through counseling services to help students work through psychological, emotional, or mental health issues.