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University of Kent at Paris


Address University of Kent Marlowe Building, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NR, UK
Tel. No. +44 (0)1227 824954


About University of Kent at Paris

Our Paris centre is at Reid Hall, in the historic heart of Montparnasse where Picasso and Modigliani had their studios, and near cafés that were frequented by Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. We are only a five-minute walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is an expansive, classically designed park, much frequented by students from the Sorbonne and other universities. Reid Hall occupies traditional buildings grouped around two quiet and leafy inner courtyards. It was founded as a porcelain factory in the 18th century and has served as a centre for teaching and research since 1834. Kent postgraduates use facilities at Reid Hall alongside students and staff from Columbia University, Barnard College, Dartmouth College and other similarly prestigious institutions. Study facilities at Reid Hall include computer workstations, free wireless access and full audio-visual equipment in classrooms. There is also a state-of-the-art widescreen, multimedia room for viewing films. The picturesque courtyards act as convivial social spaces, while common rooms inside the Hall include a library with computers and reference books and a lecture hall which is also used for literary events, parties and celebrations. Our students may receive postal deliveries at the Hall and are welcome to receive guests.

There is an ongoing programme of cultural and social events, and you may also participate in Reid Hall’s programme of cultural activities, which includes concerts, lectures and conferences.

While you are studying at the Canterbury campus, you may choose to live in University halls of residence. We offer advice on finding suitable accommodation for the duration of your studies in Paris.


Paris is known as the City of Light and has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, full of historical architecture and home to fashion, culture and food. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and the Moulin Rouge and it is home to many famous restaurants, hotels and shops. English-language study centres available in Paris include the library of the Institut Charles V (part of University of Paris VII), with over 20,000 works in English, and the American Library, founded in 1920, with over 115,000 books, as well as 350 current periodicals, the latest newspapers and weekly cultural and social events. Our postgraduates have borrowing rights from both these institutions. The spectacular Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library) and the Public Library at the Centre Pompidou also offer extensive, open-access English-language resources and excellent research facilities. Films may be viewed at the French National Cinémathèque and Cinema Museum, at the Paris Forum des Images and Vidéothèque, at the Centre Pompidou, and in commercial and art-house cinemas across the city.

The city is served by three main airports as well as the Eurostar services to Lille, London, Ebbsfleet and Ashford (near Canterbury) which all depart from the Gare du Nord station in the centre of Paris. The high-speed Thalys trains connect you to Brussels and other northern European cities. Within Paris city centre, the famous metro system and an excellent city bus network mean you will be able to discover the city easily and cheaply. Suburban train services (RER) connect you directly to the airports and other main train stations.

Why choose these programmes?
  • Acquire a valuable postgraduate qualification in 12 months of study, sharing the academic year between two great cities: Canterbury and Paris
  • Develop your analytical and communication skills while enhancing your CV and your international credentials
  • Use English for your MA while enjoying the opportunity to develop other language skills
  • Join vibrant postgraduate communities at the University of Kent in Canterbury and at our centre in Paris
  • Work with a team of internationally respected academics
  • Study the culture and history of Paris in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the city
  • Be involved in the research culture, arts scene and local community in both Canterbury and Paris
  • In Paris, use the research resources and other opportunities offered by major libraries and museums
Key facts
  • A 12-month programme
  • Taught in English
  • Based at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus
  • The spring term is spent in Paris, studying at Reid Hall, a beautiful and historic group of buildings near the Jardin du Luxembourg and the centre of the city
  • Dedicated teaching facilities at both locations
  • Only two and a half hours from Canterbury to Paris by Eurostar high-speed train
  • Ongoing programme of cultural and social events
  • Full academic guidance and pastoral support
  • Optional and smooth transition from MA to PhD
  • The University of Kent is a recognised institution for the approval and disbursement of US and Canadian loans. UK postgraduates may use Professional and Career Development Loans to finance this programme of study


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