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International students

As an international student you probably have different questions from UK students. We'll try to answer some of them here but if you have any additional queries, please contact us.

We want to make sure that you're confident that Kingston is the right place for you. Don't forget to read our 'what next' guide, plus you might want to consider:


Think about what you need from your university's location. Does it have good transport and airport links? Is it a safe area?

Kingston University is ideally located just 30 minutes from central London and easily accessible from both Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. It is also rated as one of the safest boroughs in London.

Visiting Kingston University

It's a good idea to visit your shortlisted universities before making your final choice. Open days at Kingston take place on set days throughout the year but we understand that it can be difficult to attend if you live outside the UK. Find out more about our campus tours and open days.

Quality teaching

It's important that you choose the right course and a University that offers high quality teaching and resources. Check our course pages for more information or to contact someone with a course-related query.

Kingston University prides itself in offering top-quality teaching and good learning resources.

The student experience

Don't forget to check our student life section to see what current students think about Kingston University. You can also watch videos of some of our international students talking about life at Kingston.
We're always striving to improve the international student experience so we run events to help you make friends and feel at home.

Extra support for international students

You want to make the most of your studies overseas so it's important that you choose a university that offers the specialist support services you need.
Kingston University offers a range of support services and social events throughout the year for our international students. These are in addition to the support services available across the University and include:

  • Airport pick-up service
    We realise that arriving in a new country and meeting new people can be confusing and stressful, as well as exciting. We therefore offer an airport pick-up service to all new international, European and visiting students.
  • Welcome and orientation events
    We run a series of welcome and orientation events, including social events, every year for our new international, European and visiting students. These are designed to help you adapt to the new environment, make friends and enjoy your time at Kingston University.
  • CAS and VISA compliance team
    The CAS and VISA compliance team offer help and advice with any questions or problems you may have during your time at Kingston. It provides support on a wide range of matters, including immigration matters, working in the UK (both during your studies and after you graduate), life outside study, extending your visa, cultural differences and living in the UK.
  • English language development programme
    We offer a range of English language support for our students both while you're studying and before you start your course.
  • British life and culture sessions
    Our Understanding Britain course provides a context to your studies in Britain through the discussion of key features of life here.

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

What our students say

What our students say

"I chose to study at Kingston University because of its vibrant international community. I love walking around the campus and being able to meet people from all over the world. The University has a wide variety of social events and volunteering opportunities which help you settle into life as a student."

via Ilaria Ferrari, BSc(Hons) International Relations with French

Study Abroad or Erasmus student starting in January or February?

Most of the information on this page is for students starting their courses in September.

If you are a Study Abroad or Erasmus student starting a course in January or February, you can start a similar enrolment process but dates and exact details may vary slightly.

Read our pre-arrival pages for more information.

Don't forget to book...

  • Airport pick-up – we provide an airport pick-up service to welcome you to the UK
  • International orientation – designed to help you make friends and provide important information about your new home

Preparing for study

To make sure you're ready for your studies in the UK, we offer an English language development programme – free English language courses throughout the academic year to help you start your studies with confidence.

Getting ready
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