Student from Imperial's Saudi society

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 in the world. 

Each year, we welcome students from over 130 countries. This includes over 300 students from the Middle East. The countries with greatest student numbers include:

  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey

These countries are also the ones that the College has produced the most joint papers with over the last five year period. You can find out more about our large number of partnerships with universities, research institutes and industry in the MENA region on our Global Imperial website.

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 contact the International Recruitment team.

Events

Saudi Arabia

QS World Grad School Tour

United Arab Emirates

QS World Grad School Tour

Entry requirements

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.

Visa advice

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

You can search all of our scholarships in one place on our undergraduate and postgraduate fees and funding web pages. Examples of scholarships for students from the Middle East include:

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships

Master's students

Santander Master's scholarships

Research students

President's PhD Scholarships
Islamic Development Bank - Imperial College Scholarships

Student life

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:

  • Arabic society
  • Iranian society
  • Islamic society
  • Saudi society

Olawunmi Olatidoye, Undergraduate and secretary of African-Caribbean 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.

Multi-faith provision

There is a student-run Islamic prayer room on campus with separate male and female areas available. Three multi-faith prayer rooms are also available in the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre for use by all faith groups.

All university accommodation is self-catered. Halal and vegetarian options are also available in catering outlets on campus.

Life beyond Imperial

Your relationship with Imperial does not end when you graduate. Some of our international alumni stay in the UK, for instance on a Start-up Visa

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 the Middle East these include:

  • Alumni Association of Bahrain
  • Alumni Network in Lebanon
  • Alumni Network in Saudi Arabia
  • Alumni Network in United Arab Emirates
"Imperial was my first choice for a number of reasons: its international reputation for excellence in teaching and research; the chance to study alongside some of the brightest students; and finally its location at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities, which gives me the chance to build a network of useful contacts with other professionals from industry and academia."

Saeed Alshiri (Saudi Arabia), PhD Chemical Engineering