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Welcome to the country information for students from China.

Kingston University, founded in 1899, is a top-quality university dedicated to enhancing students' employability, entrepreneurship, creativity, global citizenship and Future Skills. Of the 20,000 students, 5,000 are international, from over 140 countries, including 1,000 from China, studying a wide range of courses covering Art & Design, Business, Music, Computing, Engineering, and Social Sciences, etc. across foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our student-first ethos is at the core of everything we do and our commitment to high quality teaching, providing an outstanding student experience and supporting its students to achieve successful degree outcomes has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), released in September 2023. The University has not only received an overall rating of Gold, but has also secured a Gold award in the framework's two new student experience and student outcomes categories. We are one of the 26 universities across the UK who have been awarded triple TEF Gold, alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Warwick.

Chinese students are warmly welcomed to join the caring embracing community at Kingston. We understand the challenges you are faced with, and we will help you flourish and realise your full potential. You will enjoy a fulfilling learning experience here, whilst living in a most desirable part of London, with some highlights below for your reference:

  • The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is consistently rated one of the safest London boroughs (Metropolitan Police).
  • Various Kingston courses are accredited by professional bodies such as ACCA, RIBA, UK-SPEC, RICS, CIM, CIPD, AMBA, EPAS, AACSB.
  • Most of our postgraduate courses offer a year's placement opportunity.
  • Our close links with employers result in a proven track record of improving students' employability. Our careers service has been highly commended for supporting students in the preparation for work strategy.
  • For nearly a decade, we have been consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities for graduate start-ups, well supported by the Enterprise Team and Careers and Employability Team.
  • We have sponsored the highest number of international students on Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

Kingston School of Art, recognised as one of the best art and design schools in the world, provides first-class teaching and research, which is shown in our subject rankings, research, performance, industry and student awards, and the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with us. We prepare our students to be the creative and cultural leaders in the industries of the future.

Kingston University Business School is among just 5% of the world's leading business schools to be fully accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EFMD. The full accreditation recognises the high quality and standard of our business education. Shanghai Gateway Education, Kingston University's representative, supports Gateway Programme students in China to progress to Kingston Business School programmes.

We have several in-country representatives in China, ready to assist you on your journey to Kingston University. You can also meet us at one of our regional events or webinars to find out more. If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message on or

Academic requirements

Level of entryGeneral qualification requirement
  • A recognised International Foundation Year programme
  • One year completed at a recognised university (70% average) Gaokao: 75% average (3 best subjects, except English)
  • Maple Leaf World School Programme (diploma or honours): 70-85%

Bachelor degree (4 years) from any institution on ECCTIS:

  • UK 2:1 equivalent: 75%
  • UK 2:2 equivalent: 70%

Bachelor degree (4 years) from a 'prestigious' institution on ECCTIS:

  • UK 2:1 equivalent: 70%
  • UK 2:2 equivalent: 65%

Overseas educational representatives in China

Below is a list of university representatives in China. Many of them have branches all over China. Please contact the branch nearest to you if you would like further information about Kingston University.

Exchange Partners in China

UK visa

Students from China coming to study in the UK must obtain prior entry clearance and therefore need to apply for a visa. For further information please check the following websites:

Contact us

International enquiries
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 3411