The information provided on this webpage is for the use of universities (who have official student exchange agreements with Imperial College London) and their students.

Application guidance for an INCOMING Exchange Student (and their HOME University/College).

Imperial College's approach to the current coronavirus pandemic

If an applicant (nominated exchange student) is offered admission by Imperial College for part or all of 2020-21 they will receive communication from the admitting academic department concerning how Imperial will handle their study plan in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

If an undergraduate applicant (nominated exchange student) has applied for a room in a College hall of residence and is subsquently offered a room in a hall of residence, the room will ordinarily be available from Saturday 19 September if the student is arriving from a country for which the UK government requires self-isolation (quarantine) to be observed and so that this can be concluded by the 3 October. Read more about undergraduate halls of residence and the impact of covid-19.

Queries can be directed to Mr Adrian Hawksworth, Assistant Registrar (Placements)

Orientation for NEW Exchange Students

As well as noting the above news regarding undergraduate halls of residence, please note that we continue to make arrangements for your welcome to Imperial College. Mr Hawksworth will send orientation information to each incoming exchange student by 1 September. This is a copy of the orientation document: 2020-21 Orientation Information (New Visiting Non-Degree Students)

An exchange student can also download the Welcome App for 2020-21. When an exchange student receives the orientation document from Mr Hawksworth, that document will cross reference with the Welcome App so that you (as an exchange student) knows what is relevant.

Exchange students will also be sent a letter from the ICU Erasmus Club (a member of the Erasmus Student Network). The Erasmus Club can be contacted at

Please note (1 September 2020): the Welcome App has an item for exchange students within the International Students area, however, as yet it does not contain specific "welcome" content for exchange students. This is because as a student of Imperial College all exchange students can access the on-line welcome activities organised by the College (see the Welcome App, which will be subject to updating in the second half of September). Exchange students are encouraged to also consult their email communications from their host academic department, and the aforementioned letter from the Erasmus Club.

Orientation information for NEW Exchange Students commencing January to June 2021 will be available from 1 October 2020.

Information for Student Exchange Partner Universities

Study Plans

Imperial College offers teaching based on degree programmes.

Degree programmes are comprised of "modules". The modules are listed by year of study in the syllabus/curriculum. "Modules" are sometimes referred to as "courses" or "units".

A prospective exchange student must submit a proposal for a study plan within their formal on-line study application.

The study plan must list all the modules (including any projects) which the student has been advised by their home university to request, plus any "independent" (i.e. non-curriculum) project work.

A study plan, as proposed by a prospective exchange student should normally be for a full academic year (unless the student exchange agreement explicity states otherwise, or the student's home university has obtained the approval of the host academic department).

Imperial College DOES NOT normally allow study plans which require contributions of formal teaching from more than one academic department and/or from both the undergraduate syllabus/curriculum (BEng/MEng/BSc/MSci) and postgraduate syllabus/curriculum (MSc/MRes) unless the student exchange agreement explicity states otherwise or it is agreed to by the admitting academic department.

Most masters level students nominated to study at Imperial College as an exchange student will undertake a study plan based on attendance as an undergraduate student (from the undergraduate syllabus/curriculum : Year 4 of the MEng/MSci) 

Ordinarily, the admitting academic department will expect to view a proposed study plan (from the student, within their formal on-line study application) which is based on modules ordinarily available to students of the admitting department (and ordinarily "undergraduate", unless the student exchange agreement is explicity "postgraduate").

By "ordinarily available" this normally includes limited access to undergraduate modules taught by our Business School and undergraduate modules taught by the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.

For Erasmus exchange students the "study plan" will be in the form of the standard "learning agreement for studies"

Extended guidance is provided to prospective undergraduate applicants here and to prospective postgraduate applicants here.

Undergraduate Course Catalogues (Curriculum/Syllabus)

Imperial College does not currently publish a single module catalogue (curriculum).

A module catalogue (undergraduate curriculum/syllabus) which will refer to the ECTS applicable and other relevant information required by a prospective exchange student can be obtained from the exchange programme co-ordinator for the department to which a prospective exchange student is seeking admission.

See the subsequent item on this page for list of exchange programme co-ordinators.

However, here is a list of additional undergraduate curriculum contacts, in addition to the relevant exchange co-ordinator (see next item) for the departments concerned. You might wish to copy your email to them also:

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Imperial College School of Business

Further contacts

If you do not receive a response from the exchange co-ordinator within 7 days (i.e. please be patient) you should contact who will be happy to chase on your behalf.

Extended guidance for prospective undergraduate applicants

Extended guidance for prospective postgraduate applicants

ECTS credit arrangements

An exchange student is expected to be in full-time attendance at Imperial College (i.e. pursuing their study plan on a full-time basis).

The normal expectation is that an exchange student admitted to Imperial College will undertake a full student workload (60 ECTS for a full academic year or pro-rata for shorter periods).

ECTS credit will only be allocated by Imperial College for a successfully completed "element" of an exchange student’s study plan (learning agreement) where that "element" forms part of the College's curriculum (i.e. a "module"; "course", "unit"). By "successful", this means achieving a mark of 40% or above. 

However, partner universities should note that in the case of project work any academic work which is undertaken by the student is only formally assessed by Imperial College if the "project" forms a module/course of the relevant curricula. Otherwise, the exchange student’s home university is responsible for allocating ECTS credit for a non-curriculum (independent) "project", and normally for assessing/examining it too. In such circumstances the supervisor at Imperial College may be willing to contribute to some extent to this assessment/examining process led by the home university, but they should be advised beforehand and their agreement obtained.

Grading Scheme for Incoming Exchange Students

When a study plan (learning agreement) requires an exchange student to undertake formal assessments it is by one or more of the following methods: examination, coursework (which would include projects), practical.

Imperial College’s honours classification of its undergraduate degrees is according to the following range of marks:

  • First class Honours 70 - 100
  • Second class Honours (upper division) 60 - 69.9
  • Second class Honours (lower division) 50 - 59.9
  • Third class Honours 40 – 49.9

The "pass" mark is 40*. A mark below 40 is a "fail".

* some level 7 courses in some departments have a pass mark of 50%. An exchange student should check with the host dept's exchange co-ordinator to ensure they know what the pass mark is for a particuar course (a student can also consult the dept's student handbook).

ECTS is only awarded for a pass.

Further guidance can be obtained from the exchange programme co-ordinator for the department to which a prospective exchange student is admitted. See subsequent item for list of exchange programme co-ordinators.

Academic Recognition & Credit Transfer & Transcript producton

Academic Recognition

It is the responsibility of a student's home university/college to consider whether a study period (plan) at Imperial can be recognised as part of their home degree programme.

Credit Transfer

An exchange student’s home university is responsible for transferring any academic credit from Imperial College which might result from a study plan (learning agreement).

The exchange programme co-ordinator for the host academic department can be contacted if assistance is required in interpretating marks/grades.


Transcript Production

The assessment period is normally concluded with the relevant Examiner’s meeting (and these normally take place in early July for undergraduate level study and in September for postgraduate level study). 

For students who undertake formal assessments (examinations, coursework, practical), an official transcript will be issued approximately no later than 8 weeks after the assessment period has formally concluded.

Two copies of the transcript will be posted to the home university, with a request that one copy is passed on to the student. Undergraduate transcripts are normally mailed to partner univeristies by 31 August. In 2020 the covid-19 pandemic has meant that transcripts are sent as a PDDF only.

For Erasmus students: the transcript will supercede any information which the College may or may not include in the "after" section of the learning agreement. Therefore, the "after" section of the learning agreement should not be completed by Imperial College until after the transcript has been produced by Imperial College.

Partner universities should note that an exchange student is able to view results of assessments (on their personalised on-line account: currently "My Imperial") prior to a transcript being issued (normally from 1 August onwards). A student also has the facility to send an e-transcript to a third party (e.g. their home university).

See subsequent "Item" (below) for list of exchange programme co-ordinators.

Departmental Exchange Programme Co-ordinators




Student Exchange Co-ordinator




South Kensington

Dr Seyedeh Elnaz Naghibi (Year Abroad)

Dr Errikos Levis (Projects)



South Kensington

Dr Amanda Foust

Please copy also to the Bioengineering Dept Student Office


Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

Dr Andreas Kogelbauer


Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

Dr Christian Onof



South Kensington

Dr Sergio Maffeis


Earth Science and Engineering

South Kensington

Dr Sam Krevor


Electrical and Electronic Engineering

South Kensington

Prof Alessandro Astolfi



South Kensington

Prof Jason Riley (however, first contact Ms Harpreet Rajbans in the Student Office)


Mechanical Engineering

South Kensington

Dr Nicolas Cinosi

Natural Sciences


South Kensington

Dr Luke Delmas

Natural Sciences

Life Sciences

South Kensington & Silwood Park

Dr David Hartley (Biology/Biological Sciences)

South Kensington

Dr David Hartley (Biochemistry/Biotechnology)

Natural Sciences


South Kensington

Prof Demetrios Papageorgiou

Dr Sheehan Olver (MIT Exchange Link)

Natural Sciences


South Kensington

Professor Gavin Davies

copy to:

Business School


South Kensington

Dr Sarah Wilsey



South Kensington

Faculty Education Office




How to apply as an exchange student

 Guidance and further information for prospective exchange applicants, including the link to our on-line study application website can be found at:

Please note that master level students would ordinarily apply as an undergraduate to Imperial College London. Please consult individual student exchange arrangements.

Key contacts and information points for exchanges

Institutional contacts

The Student Exchange Co-ordinator is Adrian Hawksworth, Assistant Registrar (Placements). Adrian is also the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Co-ordinator.

  • Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (PDF) [1MB]
  • Incoming Students: Exchange student nominations can be sent to Adrian, or to the relevant departmental exchange programme co-ordinator
  • Outgoing Students: Nominations of outgoing students will normally be sent to the partner university by the relevant departmental exchange programme co-ordinator. The exceptions are MIT (sent by the International Relations Office); University of California (sent by the Faculty of Engineering Education Manager); National University of Singapore (sent by Adrian Hawksworth).
  • Staff Mobility: Please read our guidance on incoming and outgoing staff mobility (teaching and training).
  • Bi-lateral exchange agreements: Adrian is responsible for all curriculum-based student exchange agreements and Erasmus staff teaching exchange agreements)

Information points for students

Other information points