Support services available to students

SU Advice page

Provides guidance on academic issues, non-academic issues, and wellbeing

College counselling service

A free and confidential service available to all registered students of Imperial College London

Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity


A free and confidential listening service, available by phone, online, and in-person

Please discuss any changes in registration status with your Personal Tutor, Postgraduate Tutor, or Senior Tutor, or another member of department staff, as they will be able to discuss your options with you and help you make the right choice for you and your studies.

If you require additional support during your studies, please reach out to one the College support services.

I want to...

Transfer Programme

  • If you feel that your current course is not right for you, your department may approve a request for a transfer. It is usually possible to transfer to a different programme within the same department.
  • To transfer to a programme of study run by another department requires the agreement of your current department and the department you would like to join. Both departments will inform the Registry to finalise the process.
  • A department may require you to transfer to a different programme, usually if your results are not suitable for a particular degree. 

Interrupt my Studies

  • If you need to take a temporary break from your studies due to health-related, financial, or other personal circumstances, you may request an interruption of studies. The break is usually for the reminder of the academic year or a full calendar year.
  • If you decide to pause your studies your student status will change (you will still be registered but not enrolled). This may affect things like your funding, your right to remain in the UK or services that depend on being an enrolled student.
  • An interruption of studies needs approval from your department. You should discuss your circumstances with a member of your programme team, ideally your Senior Tutor, supervisor, or Programme Director. 
  • The Student Support Zone webpage provides guidance and information on how pausing your studies may affect your student status.

Withdraw from the College

  • For students who intend to leave their degree programme prior to completing their final examinations. Once withdrawn, you cannot return to the programme at a later date
  • Please speak with your Personal Tutor, Year Tutor, or the Senior Tutor beforehand. Depending on the reason for your decision, there may be support which can assist you. You may find that withdrawing from your degree isn’t the most appropriate course of action to take. 
  • If your department agrees to your withdrawal request, please note that you may need to pay fees for the period up to the end of your registration. 
  • You are required to notify the department or division and/or the Registry in writing, of your intention to withdraw.
  • Information is available from the Procedure for Leavers who withdraw
  • Withdrawal from studies will affect an international Student Visa, especially if you have a Tier 4 Student Visa. Please arrange an appointment with an adviser in the International Student Support team to discuss your options.