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Study Abroad

Canterbury, England, University of Kent, Loyola Exchange Program

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Study abroad Canterbury, England at the University of Kent! Canterbury is a medieval city with a rich social life. With destinattions like the Gothic-style cathedral to the Roman ruins, the city of Canterbury is a historic English city and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Only a one-hour high-speed train ride from London, Canterbury one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom. Canterbury is also close to the quaint seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate, and Broadstairs.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

The University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) is one of the United Kingdom’s top public research universities. In 1965, the university was granted its royal charter and the Duchess of Kent—also the aunt of Queen Elizabeth II—was installed as chancellor. The university celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. More than 150 nationalities are represented at UKC, making it one of the most international campuses in Europe. Over the last 50 years, UKC has expanded to nearby Medway and Tornbridge and across the English Channel to Paris, Rome, Athens, and Brussels. In 2018, The Guardian’s University Guide named UKC one of top 25 universities in the United Kingdom.


Students studying abroad at UKC will have the opportunity to join student organizations and use other on-campus resources, such as the library, the student union, and academic services.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: Late September to Mid-December

Spring Semester: Mid-January to Mid-June

Students studying abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury for the Fall Semester only will take their exams in December. This is to facilitate travel home for the holiday period. Following routine exam procedures, full-year students will take their exams in January, May and June.


The University of Kent at Canterbury offers a diverse and exciting curriculum—no subject area is off limits! Some of their academic departments include but are not limited to:

  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • English Language and Literatures
  • Economics
  • Film and Media
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology 

…and more.


Students will have two living options when studying abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

  1. Self-catered, includes en-suite and single rooms. Students will be responsible for providing their own meals, whether that is cooking or occasionally eating out.
  2. Part-catered also includes en-suite and single rooms, but dinner and breakfast are included.

Housing rates for the 2018/19 academic year can be found here.

Students will also have access to all the university's amenities including the Templeman Library, the sport center with well equipped gym as well as academic support services.

What costs should I expect?

  • Loyola tuition
  • University of Kent housing
  • Loyola (OIP) Fee—$100
  • CISI Insurance Fee- about $300 per semester ($150 for summer session)
  • International Airfare and Spending Money

What Financial Aid Applies?

Federal (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, Other Loans); State (IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP)): Loyola Grants and Scholarships

Application Process

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for this program

  • Complete an LUC application to be eligible for nomination to host university by OIP
  • Once nomimation is accepted by host university, OIP will follow-up with next steps in the process


Please note that you will need to meet OIP's application deadlines in order to be consdered for the program.

*While the University of Kent will have alternate deadlines, all Loyola students must adhere to both Loyola University and Kent's deadlines*

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