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How to apply

You can apply to Kingston University in one of four ways, but you are advised to check with your home institution's Study Abroad/international office to find the most appropriate method of applying.

  1. Via an institution which has a direct enrolment agreement with Kingston.
  2. Through a Study Abroad provider such as International Studies Abroad or the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS).
  3. As an independent student and pay tuition fees directly to Kingston University.
  4. Via an institution which is one of our official international exchange partners.

Our online application process is straightforward: apply online.

If you are a current Kingston student interested in studying abroad, please go to our My Kingston pages.

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"Kingston was an experience that has made me grow in more ways than I could have ever envisaged. Apply and experience something more than you could ever imagine!"

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Supporting documentation

We require the following documents to accompany your application:

  • Official college/university transcript(s), including classes that you are currently enrolled in. Please email this to studyabroad@kingston.ac.uk.
  • A 250–300 word personal statement explaining your reason for choosing the Kingston Study Abroad programme, the academic programme you have selected and the main goal for your Study Abroad experience. You will be able to provide this on the online application itself.
  • A photocopy of your passport. Please email this to studyabroad@kingston.ac.uk.
  • An academic reference. You will be able to provide your referee's details on the online application itself.
  • A portfolio (only applicable to Art, Design & Architecture modules) – see below.

For practical modules within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

If you wish to apply for a place as a Study Abroad or international exchange student on a practical (ie no lectures, just studio work) module within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture you will need to send a portfolio of your work in addition to the main application materials.

To submit your portfolio, choose one of the following:

  1. Set up your own web portfolio and send us a link to your website by return email. Please do not choose a site with a short life. A good site is www.flickr.com. Email the link to studyabroad@kingston.ac.uk
  2. Email your portfolio as an attachment. PowerPoint is the preferred format but jpeg files are also acceptable (but no autocad or cad files). File size must be below 10MB. Email  to studyabroad@kingston.ac.uk
  3. Post a CD or DVD of your portfolio, PowerPoint or jpeg files. CDs and DVDs will not be returned. Post to the Study Abroad International Learning Office.

Make sure your name, current university and the major you wish to apply for are clearly indicated on all correspondence headers, web links, CDs etc.

Include developmental work as well as finished projects, and anything personal or of interest to you which supports your university courses and shows us how you think about your work.

Some subject areas impose a maximum limit to the number of Study Abroad/international exchange students that they will accept, so we advise applying early.

Application deadlines

  • 31 May – for the fall/autumn semester or full academic year (study options 1 and 2)
  • 17 October – for the spring semester (study option 3) 

What happens after application?

After receiving your complete application, you will receive an email confirming that we have received this successfully.

Staff will then assess and approve an appropriate study plan for you, which will be accompanied by a formal offer. If a module is not approved or no longer available, we'll give guidance on how to choose an alternative.

To accept and confirm your place, you'll need to follow the link in your offer email and reply by the given deadline.

All information about your accommodation as well as when to arrive, enrolment, orientation and your airport pick-up together with practical information will be emailed to you in:

  • July (for students starting in September); or
  • December (for students starting in January)

Contact us

Study Abroad International Learning (SAIL) Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

Contact us

Study Abroad International Learning (SAIL) Office

Contact the team

General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228

Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629

Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

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