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Kingston University offers a wide range of internationally recognized qualifications and a multicultural and supportive community. The university is in an attractive and busy riverside area, within 25 minutes train journey of central London; one of the world’s most exciting, historic and culturally rich capitals. Kingston is consistently rated one of the safest and happiest boroughs in London (Metropolitan Police; Rightmove). It is surrounded by vast Royal Parks, the famous Hampton Court Palace (former home of King Henry VIII) and many 16th century buildings and also offers a vibrant social scene with multiple entertainment opportunities, as well as excellent shopping and places to eat.   

Both Heathrow and Gatwick (London’s international airports) are very close to Kingston, so going home to the US is never an issue. London is serviced by many budget airlines, making it an ideal base for visiting the rest of the UK, Ireland and Europe.You can also take the Eurostar train and reach Paris or Brussels in only a couple of hours. 

Kingston's wide-ranging courses are specifically designed to equip you with the most relevant skills for the world of work. Many of these have been developed in consultation with professional organizations and carry professional accreditation, and their undergraduate business and law courses include an innovative year-long ‘business experience’, while still only taking three years to complete. Many of Kingston’s staff develop close links with business and industry or still work in their chosen fields. They also accept transfer students into the second year of many of their undergraduate programs. 

At Kingston University, you will have excellent opportunities to develop both your academic knowledge and career skills and to have a fun, exciting and life-changing experience.


Support for International Students
The university has students from over 150 countries, including North and Latin American students on both full degree and Study Abroad programs. 

As one of their 3,500+ international students you’ll benefit from a significant amount of support, including: academic and pastoral support; visa and immigration advice; career support from their KU Talent department and assistance with your Federal Loan. They offer a comprehensive International Arrivals and Orientation program when you arrive, which is designed to help you settle in at Kingston and make friends. This includes a free airport pick-up service, full international orientation, social events and an ‘Understanding Britain’ short course, which examines British life and culture with day trips to places of historic interest.   Before you arrive, you will be supported with lots of helpful, practical advice on how to prepare for life at Kingston University, including information about money, insurance and the British healthcare system.

Excellent learning environment
Kingston is investing $180,000 000 until 2018 in developing campuses and facilities, so you will benefit from the best teaching environment, including innovative computing, e-learning and library facilities. Many of their laboratories, design studios, and workshops are fitted with cutting-edge technical equipment.

Scholarship opportunities
Please speak to one of our Across The Pond Advisors for more information on scholarship opportunities with Kingston University.

Provided you apply in time and meet Kingston's eligibility criteria, the university guarantees international (non-EU) students an offer of a place in university halls accommodation during your first year. In Kingston University halls of residence, you will have your own furnished bedroom (some of which have an en-suite bathroom) in a university-owned shared flat with other students. Kingston can also help you with finding private accommodation.

For more information about applying to Kingston University, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: 19,918 students across 4 campuses

Number of international students: 3,534 non-UK students

City population:

  • Kingston upon Thames – 160,000
  • London – 8.5 million

Location and setting: Kingston upon Thames, South West London. Busy town on the riverside, 25 minutes by train from central London but also surrounded by beautiful countryside

Closest airports: Heathrow (approximately one hour by bus); Gatwick (approximately one hour by train)

Date of establishment: 1992

Areas of expertise: Creative Writing, Journalism, Art & Design, Business, Graduate Creative Economy courses

Cost of tuition per year: from £12,700 per year (2019/20)

Accommodation costs per week (on campus): from £111.25

Notable alumni:

  • Gail Emms, celebrated badminton player
  • Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief ‘Harper’s Bazaar US’
  • Eason Chan, Chinese pop star
  • John Richmond, fashion designer
  • Simon Kneen, Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director at Banana Republic, 2008-2013
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive at MITIE
  • Shelley Page, Head of International Outreach at DreamWorks Animation
  • Yoganathan Ratheesan, Founder & Chairman of Lebara Group
  • Hadia Tajik, Member of Parliament for Oslo, Norway in 2009 and Norwegian Minister of Culture, 2012-2013
  • John Tiner, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority, 2003-2007

Kingston University – AMBA Accredited for 33 years

Kingston Business School’s MBA, DBA and MSc in International Business Management courses have achieved re-accreditation for a further five years from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

The globally recognized MBA program has now been AMBA-accredited for 33 continuous years, with the latest re-accreditation set to run until 2023.

Across The Pond Scholarship Now Open

Across The Pond has partnered with eight of its partner universities to offer Across The Pond students ONLY the chance to win a scholarship.

This isn’t your typical scholarship application, however.

While we are interested in understanding your financial need, we are more interested in your excitement about studying in the UK.  In other words, this is a fun application!

Show us why you deserve this scholarship in a way that uniquely reflects you as a student. Share your enthusiasm and excitement for this coming adventure in a creative, entertaining way. 

More than a traditional degree

The UK offers you much more than a traditional degree -  Kingston University, London’s integrated undergraduate programmes are a good example. They include your degree, and business experience, and a path towards professional membership, as well as the opportunity to study abroad, all in three years, and for the same fee as a traditional degree. This combination gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers look for, enhancing your career prospects.

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