Support for international students
Imperial benefits from an extremely culturally rich campus, enhanced by the diversity of over 130 nations represented amongst our student community. We are proud to be the UK's most international university, and we offer a wide range of support to help our international students settle quickly into life in the UK and at Imperial.
English courses and support
The Centre for Academic English offers a wide range of support for Master's and PhD students, including workshops, courses, one-to-one consultations and self-study resources. These are specifically designed to help you with your language needs for academic studies, and also to represent your work in the wider academic community, particularly in relation to publications and conference participation.
For language learning on a more informal basis it's possible to partner with a native English speaker at the College who wants to learn your language on an exchange basis by joining the Centre for Language, Culture and Communication's Language Pair scheme.
Find out more in this blog entry from our student blogger Paula about studying at Imperial as a non-native English speaker.
Professional advisors within our Visa team offer specialist advice on a wide range of UK visa and immigration issues, including work-after-study visa options and information on Schengen visas for travel in Europe.
The Visa team is based within our International Student Support team, who can also offer help with other issues such as setting up a UK bank account. They can provide you with dedicated advice on applying for a visa before you arrive at the College.
The International Student Support team runs a year-round programme of social activities that are open to all students.
This includes day trips to a range of places around the UK and a monthly Cosmopolitan Café event which offers an informal environment away from your studies where you can enjoy free refreshments, listen to guest speakers and meet people from all over the world. They can also offer advice for international students with families.
The College also subscribes to a number of external organisations that offer further support for you, including:
- International Students House (ISH), which organises a variety of social events, talks and trips within the UK and Europe for students from a large number of London institutions
- HOST UK, through which you can arrange to spend a weekend with a British family in a part of the UK that you would like to visit
Clubs and societies
We’re home to more than 45 cultural societies, including the Afro-Caribbean society, the Japanese society and the Scandinavian society, where you can meet students from your home country, or join others to gain a true intercultural experience. If you don’t see your own country currently represented, we can give you help to start your own society.