Solent University has a large community of international students, from various continents. We completely understand that relocating to a new country can be a challenging process, so we’re here to help you with this transition.

If you’re from Kenya and coming to study at Solent University, you can find a range of advice about obtaining a visa and studying in the UK right here on our Solent Pathways website.

Below you can find some specific advice about coming from Kenya to study. Alternatively, you can contact the British Council’s Kenya offices or our own international advice team.

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At Solent University we recognise a number of different international qualifications held by Nigerian students applying for our programmes and courses.

Below you can see the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept:

For entry to IELTS Requirements Academic Requirements
International Foundation Programme (2 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE 5 D grades
International Foundation Programme (3 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE 5 D grades

Your choice of which programme to study at Solent University and your previous qualifications, may influence your eligibility for a country bursary and/or scholarship.

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While our regional team travel to Kenya for a number of events and to meet prospective students, we have a number of representatives around the world. These representatives give you the chance to talk about opportunities here at Solent pathway in your own country. To meet a representative, please contact one of our regional team members – found below.

Our regional team are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.


Our international student population spans across more than 100 countries in six continents giving Solent University campus and classrooms a diverse, vibrant and multicultural feel. Away from the classroom you will be joining 30,000 Solent students who already call Southampton home.

Southampton is a diverse city that has something for everyone! This vibrant city is home to a bustling waterfront, some stunning city centre parks, an eclectic night-life and a thriving arts and music scene. There is so much on offer to students and residents – you’ll never get bored at Solent.

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St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Southampton and is also where Southampton FC gets its nickname ‘the Saints’ from. Services at St Mary’s are designed to be reverential, evangelical and accessible to everyone.


Southampton Medina Mosque

Southampton Medina Mosque, which opened its doors for the first time in 2001, was the first purpose built mosque to be constructed in the South of England. Funded entirely by donations from the local community, Medina Mosque is now one of the most recognisable religious buildings in Southampton.


Masjid Ar Rahmah

Masjid Ar Rahmah can be found behind the University campus in the Northam area of Southampton. This Mosque doesn’t have a website, but uses Facebook to keep in touch with the community – take a look at their profile using the link below.

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Southampton is home to one of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, West Quay. Here you can find some fantastic deals on fashion, gadgets, food and so much more! Towards the waterfront, you’ll discover numerous independent eateries, venues and shops.

Towards the other end of the city, you will find Bedford place. Very popular amongst our students, Bedford Place is the hotspot for night-life. Here you can discover a magnificent range of pubs and clubs, with differing music scenes – so you’ll find your place of choice.

We understand that relocating can sometimes result in the occasional moment of feeling home-sick – and sometimes it can be triggered simply by missing your favourite meal. Thankfully, Southampton has an exceptional choice of international supermarkets, with a variety of cuisine ingredients. These wonderful stores will help you to find the ingredients that remind you of home, letting you bring the taste of Kenya along with you to Solent University.

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Visa Information

As a Kenyan national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local visa application centre.

For more specific advice about coming from Kenya to study you can contact our international advice team.