Imperial's American football team

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. 

Our international community of students from over 140 countries includes a growing number of students from Canada and the USA. Read about Emma's experience moving to London from NYC, and more, on her student blog.

A substantial number of the College’s US students are in possession of a prestigious Fulbright or Marshall scholarship, including, for example, Nick Schwartz who is studying MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering.

There are several long-standing exchange programmes between Imperial and universities in the USA, including the University of California, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon University.

The College also collaborates on a number of short-term summer programmes with partners including MIT and the University of British Columbia (UBC). These allow undergraduates from both institutions to undertake a period of supervised research overseas at the partner institution.

MIT and Imperial also collaborate on the Global Fellows Programme, a summer school for early-stage PhD students from both institutions. You can find out more about our links with North America 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 email Catherine Eames.

Events

USA

QS World Grad School Tour - Boston

QS World Grad School Tour - New York

NACAC Virtual College Fair

NACAC Virtual College Fair

Canada

QS World Grad School Tour - Vancouver

QS World Grad School Tour - Montreal

QS World Grad School Tour - Toronto

Study and Go Abroad Fair

SI-UK Canada - UK University Open Days and Events

Recorded webinars

Applying to the UK: An online information session for prospective undergraduate students from the USA & Canada

Applying to the UK: An online information session for undergraduates from the Americas

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:

Scholarships and loans

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

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships
US Federal Loans scheme
Canadian student loans and tax forms

Master's students

Fulbright – Imperial College London Award

Master's and Research students

Imperial Marshall Scholarships
Imperial Commonwealth Scholarships
 (developing countries)
US Federal Loans scheme
Canadian student loans and tax forms

Research students

President's PhD Scholarships

International student support

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • A cappella society
  • American football
  • American society
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canadian society
  • Cheerleading
  • Dodgeball
  • Ice hockey
  • North American society
Canada, Imperial's clubs and societies and embracing life in London

Canada, Imperial's clubs and societies London life

Meet first-year Biological Sciences student, Erica from Toronto, Canada.

One of the main reasons Erica chose Imperial as her first choice was the social aspect of university life.

She is part of Art society, Pilots club and the Tennis club which has allowed her to learn new skills, make friends and have fun!

 

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.

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 North America these include:

  • Alumni Association of British Columbia, Canada
  • Alumni Association of Ontario, Canada
  • North America East Alumni group (ICENAE)
  • Alumni Network in Chicago, USA
  • Imperial College Chapter in New York, USA (ICinNY)
  • Alumni Association of Northern California, USA
  • Alumni Network in Seattle, USA
  • Alumni Network in Washington DC, USA

Videos

Imperial and Canada

Imperial has strong ties to Canada. In the past five years alone, Imperial researchers have co-authored 1,800 publications with their Canadian peers. And we have more than 100 Canadian students, 60 staff members and nearly 1,700 alumni living in Canada, including Olympians and astronauts!

Imperial and Canada video

Imperial and Canada

Imperial College London has strong ties to Canada.

Imperial has strong ties to Canada. In the past five years alone, Imperial researchers have co-authored 1,800 publications with their Canadian peers. And we have more than 100 Canadian students, 60 staff members and nearly 1,700 alumni living in Canada, including Olympians and astronauts!

Imperial and the USA video

Imperial and the USA

Imperial and the United States have worked closely for years.

Imperial College and the United States have worked closely for years, with education and research links reaching back more than 70 years.

Aaron Solomon on studying at Imperial

Postgraduate programmes for research careers

Aaron Solomon (MSc Genomic Medicine) on how studying at Imperial can kick-start a research career.

Aaron Solomon (MSc Genomic Medicine), originally from the United States, explains how studying a Master's degree at Imperial can kick-start your career in research.

Professor Robert Winston on The Late Late Show

Science experiments with Professor Robert Winston

Imperial's Professor Winston made an appearance on CBS's The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Imperial's Professor Robert Winston made an appearance on CBS's The Late Late Show with James Corden in September 2016. Our Professor of Science and Society performed three gas-based experiments in front of a live studio audience.

"Studying at Imperial is intense and rewarding. Everyone at the College is extremely bright and motivated – the atmosphere is contagious and you end up working hard as a result. And with all the fantastic institutions nearby, there’s always someone new to chat with about your research and get new ideas. I also love the energy and diversity of London. There are so many different people who all seem to be ambitious and doing something interesting."

Tyler Sorensen (USA), PhD Computing