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As a student in London, you'll be welcomed into a city where over 300 languages are spoken and where over 100,000 students from 200 countries come to study each year.
Imperial is ranked as the UK's most international university and the sixth most international university in the world. Each year, we welcome students from over 130 countries.
African nations currently represented at Imperial include:
- South Africa
The College works with partners in Africa across a broad range of contexts. In May 2016 the College launched The Centre of African Research and Engagement (ICCARE) to bring together much of the work taking place across the College.
Upcoming virtual events and webinars
Our overseas visits are currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, we've moved our events online, which are a chance for you to connect with our staff, wherever you are in the world!
Explore the upcoming virtual events we are attending below – we're updating these pages regularly so check back to find events scheduled for your country. We also run information sessions throughout the year covering a wide range of topics, from funding your studies to student life – find out more on our Undergraduate webinars and Postgraduate webinars webpages.
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For more information about these events email Lawrence Barnard.
QS Virtual Masters Event
- Date and time: 14 November 2020
- Location: virtual
- Book: QS Virtual Masters Event - Africa
Imperial welcomes applications from a range of international qualifications at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Entry and selection criteria for each course vary and there are further details on each course page. You can refer to the general entry requirement pages for guidance on the minimum grades that are usually expected in your qualification.
English language requirements
It is important to meet the minimum English language proficiency criteria for your course. You can see the list of accepted qualifications and the required scores on our English language requirements pages:
International student support
Our International Student Support team offers a range of dedicated support for overseas students, including an international welcome event for new students and a year-round social programme.
They can also provide information on a range of relevant issues, such as opening a bank account in the UK and accessing the National Health Service.
English language support
Our Centre for Academic English offers a three-week pre-sessional English course for students who have met our English language requirements, but wish to further develop their academic language and literacy before starting their course.
The Centre also provides free English language support throughout your time here. This includes courses and workshops on academic writing, presentations, social English and academic listening, as well as one-to-one consultations and online resources.
We offer specialist immigration advice, including on Tier 4 (general) student visas, before you arrive and throughout your studies. One-year Master’s students can access a streamlined visa process and may stay in the UK for six months after their studies.
Scholarships and awards
Master's and Research students
Our 380+ student-run societies, clubs and projects also provide a supportive social network, bringing together people who share a similar interest, course or culture. See the full list on Imperial College Union's website, including more information on:
- African Caribbean society
- Igbo society
- Kenyan society
- Mauritian society
- Nigerian society
Shifting the Lens: a celebration of cultural diversity at Imperial
In our new Shifting The Lens series, Imperial staff and students have opened up about their culture and heritage. Read about their lives outside of the College – from the festivals they celebrate to the challenges they have faced.
Hear more from our current international students
Vishal, second-year Mechanical Engineering, Ghana
Vishal talks: African food in our library cafe, the academic support available and making friends
Ghana-born Mechanical Engineering student, Vishal reflects on his first trip to our campus and feeling at home straight away. He discusses all the academic support available and the importance of joining clubs and societies to make friends
Life beyond Imperial
Others move abroad again, and as an Imperial alumnus you will join a community of over 190,000 former students in 200 countries. We have alumni groups worldwide and you can join our online platform Imperial Plexus to help you build links with other former students.
In Africa these include:
- Alumni Association of Nigeria
Image credit (above): Imperial College Nigerian Society
"If you’re smart, look forward to creating your own story and are a potential leader who’s seeking high standards and an international community, then you’ll find what you’re looking for at Imperial."
Opeoluwa Olawale (Nigeria), MSc Petroleum Engineering