Kingston University is home to over 3,000 international students, from over 140 countries. Whichever programme you choose, studying with us is an opportunity to develop both academically and professionally among a vibrant learning community.
Kingston Business School has been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This recognises that our teaching meets the most rigorous standards of excellence in business education. Many of our courses are also accredited by professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), the EFMD Accreditation (EPAS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The University’s four campuses aren’t just your home for learning, they are stimulating cultural melting pots with students and staff from over 160 countries. Campus life is all about convenience and community. Each campus has its own unique atmosphere created by the students who live and study there. You won’t go far without seeing a friendly face and the things you need on a daily basis are right here. We have bars, restaurants, launderettes, shops, cafes, a gym and contemporary and spacious social spaces.
Our Kingston Hill campus includes a state-of-the-art £26m Business School building. We are one of only a few universities in the UK to have a real-time Bloomberg trading room, which will give you the experience of working in a fast-paced professional environment. Plus, our Kingston Business Innovation Centre, a business incubator space, provides you with leading entrepreneurial support to start your own business and participate in the University’s Enterprise Education Initiative.
Ensuring A Proactive And Student-Focused Environment
Added to this is the town of Kingston upon Thames itself, an outstanding hub for entertainment that is close to breath-taking nature. Whether you’d like to embark on a relaxing nature trail, catch a movie in the cinema, pick up a bargain from a vintage store or dance the night away in a club, we have it all. Better still, Kingston is on the doorstep of central London, so within half an hour of being on a train, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the world capital for business, finance, and culture. Aditya, a Business Management graduate, says, “Studying at Kingston has been an incredible journey. I have made some amazing friends that will last a lifetime, and the experience that I have had on campus, and of living in the borough and exploring the city was so phenomenal that even two years later I want to go back to Kingston...it’s just amazing.”
We welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and diversity is a huge part of Kingston’s identity. Everyone’s different and here you’ll be treated as an individual. We are committed to providing you with the support you need when you need it, so you can make the most of your university experience. Our friendly international team is here to meet you the moment you arrive at the airport, providing expert advice and guidance, ensuring you have what you need to succeed and are well looked after whilst you’re with us.
Our proactive and student-focused team will support you throughout your time at Kingston and after you graduate, not only help you to find a job but also to develop the skills you need to succeed in it. They’ll help you develop the all-important employability skills you need, from creating a winning CV, delivering the perfect pitch, and how you can nail that interview. They’ll also help you get to know yourself, your strengths, your aspirations and the things you need to work on for a successful career for life.
Encouraging The Entrepreneurs Of Tomorrow
Kingston is the perfect place for ambitious students with big plans in business: we are proud to be ranked 2nd best university in the UK for graduate start-ups (Higher Education Statistics Agency figures, 2017). “Our graduates have an unrivalled reputation for starting their own businesses,” says Professor Steven Spier, the University’s Vice-Chancellor. “We’ve been consistently rated as one of the most successful UK universities for graduate start-up companies by the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey and we invest a great deal in helping our students develop an enterprising approach to their future careers.”
There are many activities at Kingston to encourage young entrepreneurs. For example, The Kingston Entrepreneurs Society is a community of passionate, talented and creative minds who provide great networking opportunities and run workshops, or you might choose to get involved with the student programme Enterprise! and find out how you can turn your business dreams into reality. The Business School receives regular visits from inspirational guest speakers who run multi-million-pound businesses: previous speakers include YouTube millionaire Jamal Edwards and Levi Roots, who rose to fame after appearing on the BBC programme, Dragons' Den. You can even take part in a Dragons' Den style judging process yourself, by entering the University’s annual Bright Ideas competition, which has £1,000 up for grabs.
The International Study Centre is the perfect introduction to studying in the UK, giving students extra support as they start their university journey. By studying in an immersive environment, you can improve your English language abilities whilst gaining the academic experience you need for university. The International Study Centre provides the knowledge and skills needed for international study. Haris, an International Business student, says “Studying here is the best opportunity you can ever have. You learn a lot because you get one-to-one interaction with the tutors and small classes. Just come and be a part of the International Study Centre at Kingston University. It's worth it.”
“We invest a great deal in helping our students develop an enterprising approach to their future careers”
An Inspirational Place To Study And Thrive
We offer free English language courses throughout the academic year to help you develop confidence in your English language skills and our visa advisors are here to help you with matters relating to Tier 4 student visas, working in the UK before and after studies, visa advice on travelling abroad, living in the UK and understanding cultural differences. We have several in-country representatives in India ready to assist on your journey to Kingston University.
Kingston also offers the opportunity to study up to nine other languages – for free! You’ll get a fully authentic language experience, taught by highly knowledgeable language teachers, many of whom are native speakers. You’ll gain knowledge of other cultures, sharpen your communication skills and become more attractive to employers who are operating in an increasingly globalised world.
There are many more exciting opportunities you can take part in. You can volunteer: whether you’d like to tutor young people in schools or be trained to work as a social consultant leading on identifying solutions to problems in the third sector, you’ll give back and gain valuable experiences for yourself. You can earn while you learn, with our huge range of opportunities for casual work on campus. From working with schools and colleges, greeting prospective students at an Open Day, to supporting our welcome events for new students and working in the library, you can choose the hours that fit around your studies and personal commitments. You can get involved with the week-long Global Festival, which celebrates international diversity and culture, or join one of over 100 student clubs, ranging from films and food to entrepreneurship and the environment. Keep fit and healthy during your time at Kingston with over 40 sports to choose from, including fencing, kayaking, snow sports, American football, sailing, dancing, mountaineering and even skydiving.
All this makes Kingston University an inspirational place to study where a world of discoveries awaits you! As Professor Steven Spier, the University’s Vice-Chancellor puts it: “At Kingston University, we’re passionate about enabling you to make the most of your learning journey and equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence sought after by employers to ensure you thrive after completing your degree. You will be taught by lecturers who are actively involved in the professional world, many of whom are undertaking world-leading research. We will help you to achieve your career goals by putting your academic knowledge into practice, gaining the problem-solving skills and agility you need to adapt and flourish in a changing world.”
IAN Roberts, Head Of Kingston Business School
People are what make IAN Roberts tick. An eminent leadership development and organisational psychology expert, the new head of Kingston business school has spent his career working with senior executives across the commercial and public sectors - including former deputy prime minister john prescott - to coach, inspire and develop talent and transform organisations. "the raw materials here are fantastic - the location, the staff, the students, the research foundation, the business opportunities that surround us. I've fallen in love with what Kingston business school offers.