International students

An international community on the edge of London

London has an unrivalled number of world-class museums, galleries and collections, but perhaps the greatest resource is the fabric and culture of the city itself. Our proximity to London keeps us in tune with the zeitgeist and easy access to international exhibitions, events and the everyday exhilaration of the city's streets. The buildings and streetscapes of the city provide a living education, and London is an important 'workshop' used regularly in all our courses.

At the same time, Kingston's location on the edge of England's capital city enables you to stand back from the hectic city centre and approach your work in a quieter environment. Kingston itself is a safe, friendly area with a thriving town centre and plenty of student-focused places where you can socialise. Most first-year students live in Kingston's halls of residence.

Teaching and expertise

Studio practice, group activity and interaction are at the core of our teaching. Postgraduate courses are led by staff recognised as leaders in their fields in theory, practice and research. As a postgraduate student at Kingston, you will be encouraged to make the most of your time by networking, with the help of your tutors, among many art, design and architecture professionals.

Campus life

Situated on the banks of the Hogsmill River, Kingston School of Art, Knights Park is the picturesque base for our art, design and architecture students.  On the campus (which is open at weekends too) there is a bar, café, shop and computer facilities as well as excellent studios, workshops, library, lecture and seminar rooms, student support and staff offices.

As well as being very close to Penrhyn Road campus, it's only a five minute walk from the centre of Kingston and all its shops, nightlife, amenities, picturesque ancient market place and riverbank.

Next to the river is the Stanley Picker Gallery, which has presented shows by award-winning artists and is available for students to hold events, present ideas and showcase their work.

The University has recently invested £12million in refurbishing workshops and studios and the new reception area includes a gallery, social space and art shop.

We are also carrying out a major refurbishment to the Kingston School of Art New Extension building.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, the phased completion of this project is targeted for the end of 2019.

International scholarships

More than 60 scholarships and bursaries are offered to international students classified with an ‘overseas' fees status.

International scholarships are awarded to:

  • encourage academic excellence
  • increase the diversity of our student population; and
  • develop relationships

Four international scholarships are available:

Additional information:

English language courses

We offer a range of options to enable you to reach the necessary level of English for your chosen course of study and provide a free programme of English language support once you have enrolled.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses and the English Language Development Programme.

For more information

Please contact:

Faculty International Office

Find out more about studying at Kingston University as an international student.