My student status
During the course of your degree programme, you may want to request a programme transfer, apply for a study abroad programme or request a temporary interruption of studies. This could result in a change to your registration status. It is important that you discuss any change in registration with your Personal Tutor, Senior Tutor or Supervisor. They will ensure that you receive the right advice and support to help you make an informed decision.
Interruption of studies
If you need to take a temporary break from your studies due to health-related, financial, or other personal circumstances, this is known as an interruption of studies.
Taking an interruption
If you are thinking about taking an interruption of studies, you will need to arrange a meeting with your Senior Tutor to discuss your request. Details of all Senior Tutors can be found on our support in your department pages. All interruption of study requests need to be approved by your department and they will ensure the request is sent to the Student Records Team.
If you need to take an interruption of studies for health reasons, you may be asked to provide your department with medical evidence of your health condition. You will also need to provide medical evidence to your department at the end of your interruption to show that you are fit to return to your studies.
Be sure to contact any student loan companies or sponsors that you are receiving funding from and let them know that your student status will temporarily change.
If you are an international student, an interruption of studies may affect your student visa, especially if you have a Tier 4 Student Visa. You should arrange an appointment with an adviser in the International Student Support Team to discuss your options.
For more important information, visit our student record pages below:
Whilst you're on interruption
During the time you are on an interruption of studies, you are not a registered student of the College and you will not be liable to pay fees during this time. It’s important to get advice from the Student Hub about the implications of your change of status, as you may be liable to pay for things that students are typically exempt from, like council tax.
Returning from interruption
When you are due to return from your interruption of studies, you need to speak to your department. We advise you speak to your Senior Tutor who will be able to help guide you through the process of re-registering as a student with us and answer any questions you might have.
Study abroad programmes
Some students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their time at Imperial. If you are on a study abroad programme you remain registered as a student at Imperial.
Study abroad info
Preparing for study abroad
If you are eligible for a study abroad programme your department will be able to guide you through the application process. A member of staff, usually an Exchange Programme Coordinator, will keep you informed of available opportunities, the process for planning, preparing and taking a study abroad placement and your responsibilities and those of Imperial and your placement provider.
Support while you're away
While you’re away, you’re still enrolled as a student at Imperial and your department is always responsible for managing your placement. Your partner institution will have support services that you will be able to make use of during your time abroad. As you are still a registered student at Imperial you are free to contact Imperial's support services should you wish to speak to someone.
Returning from study abroad
Your home department contact will guide you through the steps you need to take before leaving your study abroad placement and when returning to Imperial. It’s important to obtain a copy of your transcript from your host institution before you return to the UK and submit it to your department as soon as possible. If you have any enquires about transcripts you can contact the Student Hub.