Information for international parents, guardians and carers.

We understand that deciding which university to study at is often a family decision – you want to make sure that your child is going to the best place to learn, be safe, and enjoy their time studying abroad. We are confident that at Canterbury Christ Church University, your child will have a fantastic experience – learning, seeing and doing new things in a supportive environment.

In this section we have put together some of the most important practical information that you need to know. We encourage you to explore our website and see for yourself what else we have to offer for your son or daughter.

Choosing the right place

It’s a great idea for you to take an active part in your child’s research when they are looking for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. There are hundreds of institutions across the UK that offer degrees, so it’s important that they not only feel that the course is right for them, it is also extremely important that they are confident that they will be happy in the university’s location.

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we are fortunate that our teaching is consistently rated highly and we have a silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Our locations in Canterbury and Medway are also close to London and the continent, as well as interesting, diverse and friendly. Canterbury has long been regarded as a safe place to go to university, so alongside this, our active student union and societies, you can be reassured that your child will be happy here. 

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million pounds being invested in our campuses

Applying

If your child decides that Canterbury Christ Church University is the place for them, they will apply for their desired course either via UCAS or directly to us. Both application methods are entirely electronic.

UCAS is split into seven sections which can be completed in any order, but must be done in full prior to submission. Your child can apply to up to five universities at once. Direct application is very similar, with the only significant difference being that they will only be applying to us.

They will need to get a reference as part of their application. We recommend that this comes from a teacher(s) at your son or daughter’s school, tutor or other individual who has played a role in their education. We do not recommend that you, or another relative, complete the personal statement. Our admissions team can help if you wish to know more, and we have also produced a helpful guide to applying for parents.

Fees

Tuition fees become due on the first day of the academic year and you, your child or a sponsor must pay in full or have an arrangement to pay before commencing study at the University. As an international student, your child is required to pay a deposit of 50% of their annual tuition fee before starting each year of their course. If your child’s fees are paid in full before starting the course, they are eligible for a 5% discount.

As a parent you are not regarded as a sponsor, but you may pay tuition fees to the University with your child’s agreement. You can find full details on our fees and funding section

Accommodation 

As an international student we guarantee your son or daughter University accommodation for their first year of study (if they are undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course), if they formally accept a place with us and apply for accommodation by 31 July. Upon acceptance of an offer of accommodation, fees are due and can either be paid in full, or after a prepayment, paid in three instalments. These instalments are typically due in mid-September (35% of total fee), early January (35% of total fee) and mid-April (30% of total fee).

You can find out details of how to pay for accommodation over on our dedicated accommodation area of the website. There you will also find out about the purpose-built, safe and secure options that are available to your child. In all cases, we provide value for money, and a place that they can truly call home during their studies!

Employability

We know that the goal of studying abroad for your child is not just to gain a degree and new experiences in life – it is also to give them the best chance of a good post-university career. Many of our courses include placement opportunities and many more have direct links with local businesses. As an institution we are heavily involved in regional business, too, meaning that there is ample opportunity for your child to gain real-world work experience during their studies.

We regularly host careers fairs on campus, offering your child the chance to meet face-to-face with businesses and have a dedicated careers advice team who can give them one-to-one support. Our students typically do very well at leaving university straight into a career – something that we are extremely proud of. 

93

Percent of our most recent graduates were in employment or further study within six months of completing their studies.