The University of Kent is home to nearly 20,000 students and everyone is encouraged to express their own views and develop their own academic skills. As well as attending lectures, students also take part in seminars (small groups that encourage informal discussion) as well as workshops or guided research. Students will have access to all the University resources on the self-contained campus with everything they need to enjoy student life and help them in their studies. In your spare time, you can enjoy the campus cinema and theater and a range of bars and restaurants. The campus is home to a bank, shops, and an award-winning student nightclub.
The University of Kent is located in Canterbury which is only a 25 minute walk away (there is a frequent bus service between campus and the city center). Canterbury is a beautiful and safe city with a rich heritage and vibrant culture. Home to the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral the atmosphere in the city is fun and friendly, with medieval buildings nestled alongside modern shopping and entertainment outlets, restaurants, and bars. The city is less than an hour from London and also within easy reach of continental Europe.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
At Kent, 'modules' are courses. Students are welcome to take any classes from the three undergraduate levels: Level 4 (first year), Level 5, and Level 6 (final year). You may take 3-4 courses per term and must seek 4 credits for each of their classes to ensure they meet the minimum of 12 U.S. credits.
As part of your application to Kent, you will be required to list your preferred modules. If you are choosing from programs within the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences*, please select the modules you would like to study in order of preference. It is important that you choose carefully, selecting modules that you are interested in, as it may not be possible to change your selection once you arrive in Kent.
**Modules within the School of Physical Sciences are restricted to pre-determined pathways and cannot be taken alongside other subjects. Please contact the program administrator who will link you to Kent for more information.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at Kent is fairly similar to Mason. The fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-December and the spring semester runs from mid-January to mid-June. However, if the spring courses you've enrolled in are not scheduled to have an exam, you can leave in early April. Please review the online catalog (listed above under Courses Available) to see if a course you're interested in has an exam or not. If all of your courses do not have exams, you will need to arrange with Kent to adjust your housing to an earlier leaving date (if you wish).
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 60 credits. A typical course is worth 20 credits.
- 20 credits = 4 Mason Credits
Students can take 3 courses per term. This will allow you to transfer 12 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Kent Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Set in 450 acres of parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury, the University of Kent offers a choice of accommodation, extensive catering, and social facilities. This campus is a short walk from Canterbury City center.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.