This information is applicable to both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.

Please check back in early 2024 for information relating to the 2024-25 academic year

Imperial accepts a number of visiting (non-degree) students each year:

  • Most visiting students at Imperial are undertaking a degree at another institution (including exchange students).
  • We admit a small number of visiting students on an independent basis.
  • Visiting students are not awarded a degree by Imperial but may be issued a transcript for any official assessments they undertake and may use the credit gained to contribute to a degree awarded by another institution.

Whether you are a prospective exchange or non-exchange student please ensure that you read the detailed information below before making a visiting student application. 

If you are an Imperial staff member please read our guidance about hosting visiting students on our internal webpages

Visiting student opportunities

Type of placements available for visiting students

Imperial College London will consider applications for the following:

Undergraduate level

  1. Independent projects; or 
  2. A study plan composed from Imperial undergraduate Bachelor or Master's courses (with or without a project)

Postgraduate taught (Master's) level

  1. Independent projects; or
  2. The Imperial College Business School have a student exchange programme

Postgraduate Doctoral level

We welcome applications for placements at Doctoral level.

Options that are not open for visiting (non-degree) student applications

When making your application it is important to note that there are certain non-independent project study opportunities, such a a study period comprising taught modules, which we are normally unable to offer, so you should not apply for the following:

  • Study period with access to Year 1 of an undergraduate course
  • Study period based on the undergraduate medicine curriculum
  • Study period based on the undergraduate medical biosciences curriculum
  • Study period at undergraduate level in Imperial College Business School
  • Study period at postgraduate doctoral (PhD) level in Imperial College Business Schoolexcept within the framework of an official international exchange agreement
  • Study period at undergraduate level in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Computing, except within the framework of an official student exchange agreement
  • Non-exchange visiting students are not normally able to undertake study periods at postgraduate taught (Master's) level. Enquiries can be made to an academic department, but they are usually not available. However, the College does host students for Master's level projects for which a supervisor must be provisionally secured before the student applies as a Visiting Student.

Penultimate or final year undergraduate medical students seeking clinical internships/electives study periods at one of the NHS teaching hospitals partnered with Imperial College London should read the guidance on the Faculty of Medicine website.

Summer school

If you wish to apply for a Summer School (for university level students) please do not apply as a visiting student.

Instead, you should follow the application and admissions information for the Summer School of interest. Explore Summer at Imperial.

Other important issues to consider

Imperial is also unable to offer study opportunities involving teaching from more than one department or from both the undergraduate curriculum (BEng/MEng/BSc/MSci) and postgraduate curriculum (MSc/MRes), unless:

  • that teaching is normally available to degree students of the admitting academic department
  • you are an exchange student and you have been advised by the exchange programme co-ordinator at your home university or the exchange programme co-ordinator at Imperial College London that such access can be arranged

Admission for less than a full academic year is not possible unless:

  • prior agreement has been obtained from the host department.

Please ensure you have read the guidance for applicants. 

Imperial's student exchange links

Imperial's student exchange links

View a complete list of Imperial's global (curriculum-based) student exchange agreements, including links with Swiss universities and postgraduate partners for Imperial College Business School.

Student exchange partners

Staff working in partner universities should read: Guidance for universities who are student exchange partners.

Erasmus+ traineeship students

You should always apply as a visiting (non-degree) student if you have been awarded an Erasmus+ Traineeship grant by your home (non-UK) university and:

  • you are currently a PhD student and would continue to be registered as such at your home university for the duration of the planned research period at Imperial; or
  • you are currently a Bachelor or Master's-level student and would continue to be registered as such at your home university for the duration of the planned research period at Imperial.

Please note that Imperial will classify any Erasmus+ Traineeship student it admits as a non-exchange (visiting) student.

Imperial will waive the tuition fee when knowingly hosting a student with Erasmus+ (Traineeship) status with a start date before May 31 2023.

For queries about Erasmus+ Traineeships, please email Adrian Hawksworth, Assistant Registrar (Placements) at

How to apply as a visiting student

Guidance for applicants

For study periods starting during the 2023-24 academic year, please review this guidance:

For study periods starting during the 2022-23 academic year, please review this guidance:

If you are applying within the framework of a student exchange programme you should speak to the subject co-ordinator at your home university before applying to Imperial.

Will I need to pay tuition fees?

Visiting students are liable to pay a tuition fee if they are offered admission to Imperial except if they fall into one of the two categories below.

Official exchange programme students

Official exchange programme students do not have to pay tuition fees to Imperial.

Such students would normally be expected to continue to pay normal tuition fees to their home university for the relevant period.

Erasmus Traineeship students 

Erasmus Traineeship students do not have to pay tuition fees to Imperial (this rule will continue for admissions made on or before 31 May 2023, and therefore is subject to change thereafter).

Such students would normally be expected to continue to pay normal tuition fees to their home university for the relevant period.

How to apply and contacts

All visiting students must apply online through Imperial Gateway.

Review our academic term dates to determine your study period and academic year.

Guidance for 2024–25 entry will be available in early 2024.


Please email the appropriate Admissions Team if you have any queries. 

Imperial's Student Exchange Co-ordinator is: Mr Adrian Hawksworth

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Imperial's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is an alternative mechanism for hosting Bachelor and Master's level students from other universities for research experiences/placements (project/internships).

Applications for UROP are made informally to potential supervisors.

UROP research experiences, which are agreed to by the host department, are then subject to a UROP registration.

Who is eligible?

UROP registration is only open to students who are current students at other UK universities or who are UK and Ireland nationals.

Non-UK and Ireland nationals who are not already in the UK for study purposes are not eligible to apply for registration at Imperial via UROP.

For example, an EU national currently studying at a university outside the UK would need to apply as a Visiting Student (once they have found a supervisor at Imperial willing to host).

Tuition fees

UROP is a non-study (student) status option so there are no programme fees applicable.

It is the decision of the host department to use the UROP option for registration.

More information

Further details are available on the UROP website.

Admitted students

Orientation information for students whose admission has been confirmed

The below orientation guide is for visiting (non-degree) students who start their studies at the start of the 2022 academic year (1 October 2022):‌

Orientation - New Visiting Students (non-degree) commencing October 2022

The following orientation guide is for visiting (non-degree) students who start their studies during the 2022-23 academic year:

Orientation for Visiting (non-degree) Students (with a start date during the 2022-23 academic year)

Orientation information for visiting (non-degree) students due to commence their study period at Imperial College from 30 September 2023 will be available on this webpage from 1 September 2023.