A prestigious university right at the heart of London
Adam Girsault, International Admissions Consultant
Founded in 1829, King’s College London is one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, and part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of research-intensive universities, along with Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, and LSE.
King’s was ranked 42nd worldwide for reputation in the Times World Reputation Rankings2018, and 7th in the UK by the QS University Ranking 2019, and 4th in the UK for employability after graduation according to the Times Graduate Employability Rankings2018. It has many illustrious alumni, including Desmond Tutu, Virginia Woolf, the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, as well as twelve Nobel Laureates, including Frederick Hopkins (the discoverer of vitamins), and numerous politicians.
King’s has five campuses: its historic campus on the Strand, which is situated on the banks of the river Thames, is located close to the iconic Trafalgar Square, many respected think tanks such as the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Adam Smith Institute and the Royal United Services Institute, and is a short walk from the Houses of Parliament.
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King’s College London’s prime location in the heart of London makes it a fantastic (albeit rather expensive) place to be. Although there are five campuses, each maintains an inviting environment. Indeed, King’s is reputed to be a friendly university with a thriving student union, the KCLSU, and student ambassadors to help students if they have questions or concerns. There are also 2 student bars that host regular social events.
Within the University, there are frequent public lectures, including the King’s Think Tank, Europe’s largest student policy institute. There is a large selection of clubs and societiesto join: from 3 gyms and over 60 competitive sports clubs, to student media (including photography, film, journalism), to volunteering opportunities.
If that’s not enough, King’s hosts many events to help students make the most of their time in London through initiatives such as the ‘Unlocking London’ programme, which organises group tours and visits to cultural venues and historic sites.
King’s College London has a wide variety of course options from sciences to management to nursing, to the flagship War Studies programme.
Students at King’s also have the opportunity to spend a semester or a year abroad at institutions across the world, whether in continental Europe, the United States, or Asia. This exciting opportunity is open to students of many subjects (click here for the list of programmes by department). Students who spend time abroad (except for those studying Modern Languages) must pass at least 60 credits for a semester or 120 credits for a year abroad.
To view the 2019 undergraduate prospectus, please click here.
How do I apply?
As with all British universities, applications are submitted online through the platform UCAS.
Undergraduate candidates apply via the British online platform UCAS, and upload a letter of motivation (Personal Statement), predicted grades for the Baccalaureate in each subject, and a letter of recommendation from one of their teachers. For help and advice on how to complete a successful UCAS application please see here.
Note that students send only 1 Personal Statement for all the universities they apply to (maximum of 5 choices).
The Personal Statement, maximum 4,000 characters, should explain why students want to study a chosen course, what aspects particularly interest them, what steps they have already taken to engage with the subject (reading, conferences, internships etc), and, if possible, what aspects they are looking forward to studying. For advice on how to write a Personal Statement please see here.
Different courses may request different grades. For those studying the International Baccalaureate (IB), the general required score is 34-35/45.
For French students: King’s webpage has a chart demonstrating the equivalent of A-Levels, which can be used to determine the grades needed on the French Baccalaureate (or other international equivalent) in order to meet the eligibility requirements. An A* is 16, A is 14, B is 13
For general advice and information on the application process for international students, please click here.
International students from non-English speaking backgrounds or countries will be required to provide proof of knowledge of the English language through a certificate of a recognised standardised English proficiency test. The score is dependent on the course but generally ranges between 6.0 and 7.0 on the IELTS.
There are several specialised open days, depending on the campus and area of study.
For a list of Undergraduate Open Days, please click here.
Note registration is necessary to attend these Open Days.
Tuition fees for UK and EU citizens are £9,250 per year for new students. Students who began their studies between 2012 and 2016 have fees set at £9,000. King’s College London reserves the right to increase the fees in subsequent years of study.
Note however, that UK and many EU citizens do not pay tuition fees during their studies, instead receiving a student loan, which is paid back once former students are earning over £21,000 per annum. For details and conditions of eligibility, please see here. It is important to note that students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in the UK or overseas will NOT be eligible for such a loan, except for those studying in order to gain a professional qualification in healthcare-related subjects. Please click here for more details.
Tuition fees for overseas students can be found under the ‘Fees & Funding’ tab on individual course pages, which you can search for via the online prospectus. For information and advice on visas, please click here.
London is undoubtedly an expensive city, but King’s has dedicated pages to budget living and financial advice. King’s estimates an annual living budget for a single student of around £10,555.