Welcome and Freshers’ Week
You must register before arriving on campus. This will mean uploading a photograph and (if you are an overseas student) a copy of your passport photo page and visa. Make sure you print off the Registration Confirmation page and bring it with you, as this will be necessary for various induction procedures. College identity (ID or swipe) cards can be collected from the PG Office, Room 316, Blackett Laboratory or handed out in the halls of accommodation on arrival if you are staying in halls. If you haven’t uploaded your photo, you will need to go to the ID card office, Level 1, Shefield Building, where they will take your photo and either send it to the department for you to collect or give it to you directly. More information can be found on the College's security pages. If you have already done an undergraduate or masters course at Imperial, please note that you will need to give your old card in to the ID Card office to be able to obtain the new one.
The timetable Freshers’ Week is slightly different for each student and varies from section to section. You should have received the information on where to go from your section Administrator. There is more information on Welcome Week.
Departmental Welcome events
There are Welcome events for PG students which will take place mainly in the first week of term. The main one to include in your calendar is on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 from 1:30 p.m.
English Language Requirements for PhD Students
Postgraduate research students who are not native speakers of English must fulfil the Imperial College London Postgraduate English requirement. This requirement is separate from and in addition to meeting the College entry requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, etc). The aim of the requirement is to help and encourage students to work on their English language skills, particularly writing, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support throughout their PhD. The assessments to meet the English requirements PhD students will take place during the first week of October 2017.