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Our Students

We are an international community that serves the world, committed to developing successful students and alumni who can contribute to building a better, fairer world around them.

KIng's Internationalisation Strategy 2029

King's is committed to ensuring a positive environment across all aspects of our community, and we recognise this commitment to diversity through the variety of activity we offer to our employer partners who embrace diversity, inclusion, equity and internationalisation in their recruitment.


 

Our Diverse Students

The case for a diverse workforce is clear (WEF, 2019). We understand that social mobility, increasing diversity and inclusive practices are rightly at the top of many organisations' agendas, and have forged strong partnerships with a range of employers to this effect, running innovative programmes and events which enable you to positively break down the barriers that some of our students continue to face.

You can review more information on race equality at King's on our dedicated web pages.

Our students are also able to filter events by a variety of criteria unlocking their minds to a range of opportunities using our King's CareerConnect portal.

Our whole team is committed to continuous and intelligent thinking on these areas, working with recruiters to enhance your organisation's ability to work with talented students from a range of backgrounds, with our Employer Relations & Development team working with graduate recruiters and developers to plan your strategy at King's. 

We know there's always more we can and should be doing to increase access to professions across a range of diversity characteristics, and are keen to hear from organisations who may have a particular initiative or programme they might wish to partner with us on.

Our Careers+ programme is a Careers & Employability-wide initiative providing a wide range of support to undergraduate students from under-represented groups and we have a dedicated Widening Participation Careers Consultant.

Together with supporting a range of workshops, panels and employer opportunities we have been fortunate to host students on micro-internships across internal departments at King's working on critical projects, idea generation and preparing them for undertaking a longer internship in Hong Kong.

We've also recently rebuilt our wider King's Internships programming with a dedicated strand of support focused on 'confidence-building' for students across a range of under-represented groups to undertake meaningful work opportunities in the UK, internationally and online.

We run an annual Diversity Networking Night and are proud to work with a variety of partners and organisations including Creative Access, Rare Recruitment and the Civil Service Fast Stream to develop inclusive opportunities for students from all black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

We've also recently rebuilt our wider King's Internships programming providing scope for an enhanced strand of support focused on 'confidence-building' for students across a range of diverse groups to undertake meaningful work opportunities in the UK, internationally and online.

Since 2018 we have run Advance, an internship scheme specifically aimed at students with a disability partnering with organisations including Roche, NatWest, Orion Books and The Wellcome Trust.

This scheme, with support from our Disability Advisory Service, provides a number of students bespoke summer internships which are enhanced by a range of workshops and training covering disclosure, workplace adaptations and confidence-building and was, in 2019, featured in the Demos/Lord Shinkwin report Able to Excel as an example of good practice within the HE careers sector.

We run an annual Female Networking Night and work hard to advertise many opportunities seeking female or male talent recognising that different sectors struggle with gender diversity in different ways.

Since 2018, we've hosted annual events around International Women's Day, including a now annual Women in Finance Networking Night which has attracted over 50 female role-models across the financial services sectors to meet with students from King's Business School and other faculties.

We run an annual Diversity Networking Night and have recently hosted a panel as part of our Discover Careers series focusing on the positive practices many employers are undertaking as LGBTQ+ friendly employers.

In 2018 we were delighted to partner with Stonewall and King's Diversity & Inclusion to launch the latest version of Stonewall's "Starting Out" Guide showcasing the most LGBT-friendly employers across the UK.

Our International Students

King's College London is one of the world's most international universities (Times Higher, 2020) drawing students from more than 160 countries. We can help your organisation engage with and recruit our international students for a variety of positions either in the United Kingom or overseas and hold relationships with employers from Sydney to San Francisco.

We run particular programmes for students from China, the United States of America and France and are regularly travelling to engage with employers and alumni in these regions to partner with organisations keen to build their brand with King's.

As of September 2020, our student population can be broken down as follows:

  • United Kingdom: 16,609 (47%) [plus 4 Channel Islands/IoM]
  • European Union: 7,208 (20%)
  • European Union/EEA/Swiss: 7,508 (21%)
  • International: 11,371 (32%)

Countries where we draw the largest proportions of international talent are:
 1
China (5,095)
6
Germany (861)
 2
France (1,407)
7
Spain (634)
 3
Italy (1,220)
8
Canada (478)
 4
United States of America (1,032)
9
Malaysia (462)
 5
India (897)
10
Poland (459)

Last Updated: 27 October 2020

What do our international students have to offer?

  • Global outlook - our students travel from around the world with existing work and study experience, however they also benefit from multiple opportunities to further this during their time at King's.
  • Language skills - many of our students are bilingual or multilingual, with the ability to utilise these skills in their chosen workplaces.
  • Cultural awareness - located at the heart of one of the world's most multicultural cities, King's students engage and interact with fellow international students, staff and others in the classroom and around the city.
  • Independence - choosing to study overseas demonstrates a level of confidence and independence which can be translated into the workplace.
  • Networks - our students possess wide-reaching networks around the world and as King's alumni can bring these connections to your organisation.
  • Transferable skills - our programmes develop critical skills and values such as commercial awareness, research and analysis, communication. resilient, teamwork and presentation skills.

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