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Country-specific information-Kenya - University of Reading


Key facts

Number of students:

We currently have around 40 students from Kenya studying at the University each year.

Societies and clubs:

Alongside a wide range of interest based societies, there are several international student societies within Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) including an Afro-Caribbean Society. You can find out more about the societies here.

There is also a group for international students at Reading called International Students at Reading University who have a facebook group as well as the active Reading East African Society which arranges regular social events and discussions.

Reading International Office has recently designed a Facebook page specifically for students from Africa to connect with the University of Reading. Please come and join us!


Read what some of our international students have to say their experiences of living and studying at Reading.


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The University of Reading welcomes students from Kenya

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The level at which you can start your study at the University of Reading depends on what level of qualification you have completed currently.
Your highest qualification Likely entry level
Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation/bridging programme. (Visit our International Foundation Programme) Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
British/International A Levels Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Other international qualifications such as Australian HSC, US SAT or AP Certificates. Successfully completed first year of a JUAA University degree Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Successfully completed first year of a Kenyan University honours degree Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Polytechnic Diploma and Higher Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Kenyan University Bachelor degree with honours  Taught Postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral Degree)
Masters Degree Research Postgraduate (Doctoral Degree)

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) enables students that don"t have qualifications equivalent to British A-levels to access undergraduate university degree courses. If your highest level of qualification is the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or iGCSE, it is likely that you will need to complete this Programme before you can study for a degree. 

The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start your undergraduate studies with knowledge and confidence and will prepare you for undergraduate study in three ways: by providing academic training in three subjects by developing your English language abilities by enabling you to acquire the study and life skills which you will need on your degree programme. 

Please see the International Foundation Programme International Foundation Programme pages for more details. 

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. Some courses require higher levels - you should always check with the department or faculty you are applying to. For more detailed information see the English Language requirement page. 

We offer courses that will help prepare you for study in the UK, including English language as well as study skills to help your prepare for our degree programmes. 

Applications and funding

How to apply

All undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website. The UCAS code name and number for this University is READG R12. Find out more about applying through UCAS

Postgraduate applications should be made directly to the University. More information on applying for postgraduate courses is available here.


The University offers £4M worth of scholarships each year in addition to national programmes from both the British government and the Kenyan government.

  • The following website addresses will take you directly to information on scholarship opportunities at the University of Reading: student funding search 


The University of Reading in your region

Our Representatives in Kenya

We have representatives who are able and willing to assist you with your application. 

Find an approved representative>>>

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Meet us in your region

Staff from the University of Reading attend a number of fairs and education exhibitions across the world. The list below gives details of when we will be in your region. You can find out more information about each event by clicking on the entry.

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