University of Kent at Canterbury, England

Mount Holyoke generally may nominate one or two students each year for our reciprocal exchange with the University of Kent. The exchange is open only to students receiving need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke; students selected for the exchange are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships. Students who are receiving little or no need-based financial aid are welcome to apply to Kent as study abroad students rather than exchange students.

University of Kent

  • Chartered in 1965, as part of a large-scale expansion of the higher education system in the 1960s
  • Approximately 16,000 students (20% international students, more than 110 nationalities)
  • Comprehensive university offering a wide range of courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences
  • Main campus of 300 acres is located just over a mile from the center of Canterbury (20 minutes walk, with regular bus service)
  • Wide range of student activities, societies, and events

City of Canterbury

  • Located in the southeast of England
  • Population about 45,000
  • One of England’s most famous ancient cathedral cities
  • Lively mix of the ancient and modern, with historic sites, shops, theatre, cinema, etc.

Academic Program

  • Two semesters of about 12 weeks each (late September to late December, and early January to early June)
  • Many courses offered for the full academic year, but some offered for one semester
  • Exchange students may study at Kent for the full academic year or for fall or spring semester  
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by Kent to its degree-seeking students
  • Exchange students may register for courses in any combination of subjects
  • Normal courseload for a full academic year is 120 credits (which transfers as 32 MHC credits), or 60 credits (16 MHC credits) for one semester

Living Arrangements

  • Guaranteed housing on campus in one of Kent’s undergraduate residential colleges or in a self-catering apartment

Exchange Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at Kent
  • Must be eligible for need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; Kent waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays Kent directly for room fees, and is also responsible for her own meals
  • Laurel Fellowship guaranteed (though number of exchange slots is limited)
  • Financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC administrative fee for study abroad, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare

Study at Kent for Study Abroad (Non-Exchange) Students

  • Students receiving little or no need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke should apply to Kent as study abroad students, either directly or through the IFSA/Butler program
  • Study abroad applicants should follow general procedures and deadlines for study abroad
  • Study abroad students will be billed directly by Kent or their program sponsor for the (lower) overseas or program tuition and fees, rather than MHC tuition

How to Apply for the Exchange

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad and Laurel Fellowship application according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due early in December (for fall or full year) or late March (for spring) 
  • Students will be notified by early February whether they have been selected for the exchange for fall or year, by early May for spring
  • Exchange nominees will complete Kent’s application for admission and submit it to the McCulloch Center for forwarding to Kent; students must also be accepted by Kent