This page provides an overview of undergraduate student exchange links. The lists which appear are firstly by region and secondly by country. The departments at the College for whom a link is relevant are given. Please note that these lists are for active partnerships in 2023-24 and therefore the lists as a whole can change from year to year.

Let's start off though by quoting a study abroad participant from Imperial College: "My year abroad has made me reflect on what I am studying and re-ignited my love and passion for my subject. I am not the only one that has said this, going abroad makes you see your subject in a different light. You are faced with a challenge and you have to find solutions to problems. I have thoroughly improved my French and met some really amazing people. At the end of the day, it's up to you to make your time abroad what you want it to be."

Imperial College has offered whole academic year study abroad opportunities since the late 1980s.

  • Currently, all departments, except the School of Design Engineering, the Dept of Materials, the Imperial College Business School and the School of Medicine, offer a "year abroad" type degree. This includes "language for science" degrees in the Dept of Life Sciences and Chemistry
  • All current exchange agreements (2023-24) operate on bi-lateral terms with the partner university, with students being able to apply to the Turing Scheme (via the College).
  • Student exchange agreements with two Swiss HEIs (ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne) operate under a generously sponsored Swiss government scheme (Swiss-European Mobility Programme or SEMP) which normally allows our students access to a Swiss funded mobility grant. This scheme is expected to be in operation up to and including 2023-24. Accessing the Turing Scheme for funding in place of SEMP funding can also be considered, but a student cannot hold both a Turing and a SEMP grant.
  • Other exchange agreements exist to service opportunities for students (depends on the department as to which links are relevant) in Australia, Canada, Singapore, USA and Hong Kong. For 2023-24 the College will invite applications to the Turing Scheme.
  • See TABS below for full list of undergraduate year abroad exchange links expected to be active in 2023-24 (with notes added where necessary).
  • Departments offering the year abroad will provide guidance during Year 1 and 2, with selection taking place from the autumn term in the year preceeding the year when the actual "year abroad" is scheduled. Individual departments set their own requirements for participation (for this and other matters related to how the year abroad operates in a department first check your undergraduate programme handbook (or VLE, e.g. Blackboard, resources for further details).
  • Guidance on language preparation for the year abroad (where relevant) can also be obtained from the student's department. Please also see the Year in Europe webpages of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.
  • If a student has a query about information on this page they can contact the Registry (Adrian Hawksworth) at


Other useful information concerning the Year Abroad at Imperial College

The following is a non-exhaustive list of useful pointers.

  • All study placements abroad are covered by the College's policy on placement learning, and as well as the general good practice for placements there is additional/specific good practice for the year abroad. These documents can be accessed here.
  • The year abroad is currently undertaken in Year 3 (Chemical Engineering, Earth Science & Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physics) or Year 4 (Aeronautics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Aeronautics will also send (additional year) in Year 4 of a 5 Year MEng from 2022-23 onwards). There are also 5 year degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry that combine a year abroad alongside a year in industry (Mechanical Engineering : Year 3 in industry, Year 5 abroad; Chemistry: Year 4 in industry, Year 5 abroad).
  • In Computing a MEng student attending the University of California would do so only for terms 1 & 2 in Year 3 ahead of undertaking the mandatory industrial placement from April in Year 3. A whole year away from College as opposed necessarily to it being a whole  "year abroad".
  • In Materials there is an autumn term only study abroad option in the final year (limited places) at MIT, USA.
  • In all cases the year abroad is currently a replacement year for a year which would otherwise have been undertaken at Imperial (MEng/MSci degrees), except in the case of the Dept of Life Sciences where their BSc degree system requires it to be undertaken as an additional year (3+1) and the aforementioned new Aeronautics 5YR option.
  • The Registry supports departments who offer a "year abroad" degree with the production of a Study Abroad Handout in January/February each year for the specific use of students who are planning to study abroad the following academic year. The Handout links to the Placements Abroad Handbook. The Assistant Registrar (Placements), as the College's advisor on student exchanges, is available for 1:1s with students or to attend departmental briefing sessions. For example, the Handout and Handbook advise on matters such as "financial matters", "insurance" and "immigration to the host country", the latter being of importance to a greater number of students now that the UK has exited the EU.
  • Home/Ireland students (by fee status) who undertake an academic year away from College as part of their degree (e.g. year abroad) are currently eligible for a substantial tuition fee discount (fees payable to Imperial College for the year spent abroad). This is subject to change.
  • UK Student Finance can still be applied for by relevant students. Detailed advice on this matter is provided in the Study Abroad Handout.
  • Overseas students who undertake an "additional" year as their year abroad (Life Sciences; one of the Aeronautics year abroad options) are currently eligible for a tuition fee reduction. This is subject to change.
  • All students who undertake their year abroad via a student exchange agreement do NOT pay tuition fees to the host university for the year spent abroad. However, registration fees are permitted (often providing subsidised benefits) as are occasionally miscellaneous fees where normally paid also by students of the partner university. Students planning to undertake a year abroad should consult the information provided by the partner university.
  • Students who go to the USA on a year abroad should expect to pay for health insurance, normally an insurance policy offered by the host university. The cost of this insurance is currently in the region of $1.5K and $3.5K. Home students should note that means-tested financial support for insurance is available to apply for through the UK Student Finance system. The Turing scheme might also provide a source of financial support for extraordinary costs associated with travelling abroad.

Undergraduate year abroad student exchanges


correct as of October 2023 (active for 2023-24 except where noted)


  • University of Vienna: [Department of] Life Sciences


  • KU Leuven: Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


  • University of Copenhagen: Life Sciences. NEWS: Temporarily unavailable until a new agreement is signed.


  • Grenoble-INP: Bioengineering; Civil Engineering; Mathematics; Physics.
  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon: Aeronautics; Mechanical Engineering
  • Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENSL): Life Sciences.
  • Ecole Polytechnique. The institution is part of the wider l'Université Paris-Saclay and is based at the new Châtenay-Malabry [Hauts-de-Seine] campus about 15km south-west of central Paris: Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
  • Centrale Supelec. The institution is part of the wider l'Université Paris-Saclay and is based at the new Châtenay-Malabry [Hauts-de-Seine] campus about 15km south-west of central Paris: Mechanical Engineering
  • Ecole Normale Superieure, central Paris: Chemistry
  • Ecole de Ponts et Chaussees, Paris Tech (Champs-sur-Marne, c.15km south-east of central Paris): Civil Engineering
  • ESPCI, Paris Tech, central Paris: Chemistry.
  • Telecom Paris, Palaiseau (south of Paris): Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • University of Paris: Life Sciences, Chemistry
  • University of Paris Saclay (Campus Orsay). The science exchanges mean being located at their Orsay campus which is about 20km south-west of central Paris: Physics.
  • University of Strasbourg: Life Sciences
  • ISAE, Toulouse (incorporating SupAero and ENSICA): Aeronautics
  • University of Toulouse 3, Paul Sabatier: Life Sciences


  • RWTH Aachen: Aeronautics; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering.
  • Humboldt University, Berlin: Mathematics.
  • University of Freiburg: Physics. NEWS: Temporarily unavailable until a new agreement is signed.
  • University of Hannover: Chemistry. NEWS: Temporarily unavailable until a new agreement is signed.
  • University of Heidelberg: Life Sciences; Physics.
  • Ludwigs-Maximillians University, Munich: Chemistry.


  • Politecnico di Torino: Civil Engineering
  • University of Padova: Life Sciences; Physics. NEWS: the Life Sciences exchange will cease after 2023-24.
  • University of Rome, Tor Vergata: Electrical/Electronic Engineering

The Netherlands

  • University of Leiden: Chemistry; Life Sciences
  • Technical University of Delft: Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering.
  • University of Utrecht: Earth Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Physics.


  • University of Barcelona: Chemistry; Earth Science and Engineering. NEWS: Temporarily unavailable until a new agreement is signed.
  • UPC Barcelona: Civil Engineering
  • IQS, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona: Chemical Engineering
  • La Laguna University, Tenerife: Physics
  • University Polytechnic of Madrid (UPM): Civil Engineering; Computing.
  • Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM): Life Sciences; Mathematics; Physics.
  • University of Valencia: Chemistry; Life Sciences; Physics


  • Karolinska Institute: Life Sciences
  • KTH Stockholm (Royal Institute of Technology): Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

Europe (Switzerland)

correct as of October 2023 (active for 2023-24 except where noted)

ETH Zurich

  • Bioengineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computing; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering.

EPF Lausanne

  • Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Computing; Mathematics; Physics.

North America

correct as of October 2023 (active for 2023-24 except where noted)


  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Earth Science & Engineering.
  • University of Toronto: Chemistry.


  • University of California (Education Abroad Program): All engineering depts, except Dyson School of Design Engineering and Materials.
  • Carnegie Mellon University: Chemical Engineering.
  • MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Aeronautics; Chemical Eng, Chemistry; Computing, Earth Science and Engineering; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Mathematics; Physics. Please note that Materials is a fall-term only study placement (see other exchanges).


correct as of October 2023 (active for 2023-24 except where noted)

  • Australian National University: Earth Science & Engineering
  • University of Melbourne: Bioengineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Chemistry, Life Sciences. NEWS: This exchange will cease from January 2024. It wil not be available for 2024-25.
  • Queensland University, Brisbane: Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering
  • University of Sydney: Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering


correct as of October 2023 (active for 2023-24 except where noted)

China (Hong Kong)

  • Hong Kong Polytechnique University: Civil Engineering



  • Nanyang Technological University: Chemistry
  • National University of Singapore (NUS): Aeronautics; Bioengineering; Chemical Engineering; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering. NEWS: Chemical Engineering are withdrawing from this exchange after 2023-24.