The College has been welcoming students from Australia and New Zealand for many years.
Imperial's main campus is in the heart of South Kensington, with buildings new and old and plenty of places to relax and catch up with friends.
Our graduates join a global community of Imperial Alumni with regional groups including the Alumni Association of New South Wales, Australia and the Alumni Association of Western Australia.
All first-year students, who meet our terms and conditions, are guaranteed a place in halls, which is a great way to make friends when you first arrive in the UK.
Information for Australasian students
Imperial and Australasia
"I came to Imperial to study because of its high level of education, its location and its links with industry. Not only am I studying at one of the best universities in the world, but I also get to live in one of the most interesting and vibrant cities in the world! Imperial has a very international feel to it. I think it’s interesting and important to meet lots of different people from diverse backgrounds. It has really opened my eyes to learn about different people’s beliefs and ways of life."
Renee Tonkin (New Zealand)
PhD Materials Research
Australia is one of Imperial’s top research collaborators and we have connections with many leading universities and organisations in the region including University of Auckland, University of Otago, ANU, University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Queensland, CSIRO, the Australian Academy of Science, EMBL Australia, and Geoscience Australia.
In recent years, through our collaborations, our researchers have helped confirmed Australia’s Yarrabubba crater as the world’s oldest preserved impact structure; improved upon methods to map seabed rocks to better understand underwater earthquakes and the tsunamis they can cause in the Hikurangi subduction zone near New Zealand; and shown that an antiviral reducing influenza spread in ferrets could help control flu outbreaks.
In December 2020, Professor Miia Kivipelto was awarded the 2020 Ryman Prize, from the Ryman Foundation in New Zealand, for over 20 years of research into Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. The annual prize was presented to Professor Kivipelto, Chair in Neuroepidemiology and Director of the Ageing Epidemiology Research Unit in the School of Public Health, by the Right Honourable Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Many of our undergraduate courses offer an option of a year abroad with previous exchange students in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering studying at partner universities in Australia.
As a student in London, you'll be welcomed into a city where over 300 languages are spoken and where over 100,000 students from 200 countries come to study each year. Imperial has been welcoming students from Australia and New Zealand for many years.
How to apply (undergraduate)
An undergraduate degree at Imperial normally lasts three years for a Bachelor’s level qualification or four years for an integrated Master’s.
Some departments offer a year abroad or a year in industry which can add to the overall length of your degree.
Applying via UCAS
To apply for a full-time undergraduate programme at Imperial, you must make an online application via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – UCAS. The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.
If we want to offer you a place, but you have not yet taken your final school exams, then we would usually make you a 'conditional offer'. This means we will guarantee you a place at Imperial subject to you satisfying the conditions of your offer, such as achieving certain scores in your final qualifications and gaining an ATAS certificate for certain courses.
You can submit your results after you have applied; this is usual practice in the UK and is the reason why you must tell us which qualifications you are taking on your UCAS application.
Academic entry requirements
Exact entry requirements vary by course (see our course pages for details on common qualifications such as the IB and APs) but you can find the range of international qualifications we accept – including the Australian ATAR and high school certificate or New Zealand National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) – and the minimum scores for entry undergraduate level on our Admissions website.
If your school qualification is not on the list of accepted qualifications, you may be considered by taking an accepted Foundation programme, or an accepted qualification at an external provider (see our course pages for details of requirements).
English language requirements
All applicants should also achieve the required level of English language and provide evidence of a valid English language qualification to qualify for a place.
There are two levels of English language requirement at Imperial:
See the English language requirement on the relevant course page to see whether your chosen course requires the standard or higher level. Our English language requirement page has more information about the requirements for each level.
You do not need to have reached the required level before you apply. We can assess your academic profile without your English language qualification. Should we decide to make an offer, we would give you a target grade to meet as part of your offer.
If you have studied one of our recognised English language exams as part of your High School studies (e.g. IGCSE English, IB English etc.), you may be exempt from the need to provide additional evidence of your English language ability. Check our English language requirement page for full details.
English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your chosen course.
How to apply (postgraduate)
A Master's degree at Imperial normally lasts one year, though we do offer some degrees which you can take part-time over two years and PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualifications which vary in length.
A PhD with us will usually take 3–4 years of full-time study to complete.
How to apply
To apply for a Master's or Doctoral course, you need to submit an application via our online application system.
Find out more about how to apply.
Academic entry requirements
Exact entry requirements vary per course, but to be considered for admission to a Master's e.g. MSc, MRes, MBA etc, you should hold a Bachelor's degree.
To check if your international qualification meets the College minimum requirement, please see our Country and Region Index.
Departments may also often set higher level requirements, due to the demanding and competitive nature of our courses.
For the vast majority of our degrees, we do not require additional testing such as the GRE or GMAT. If we do require any additional testing it will be clearly stated on the course page.
If you're applying for a Doctoral degree, you should hold a Master's degree – the grades you require will be specified by the Department you're applying to. In addition, you'll need to hold a Bachelor's degree passed at the prescribed level.
If we want to make you an offer, but you have not yet graduated, then we would usually make you a conditional offer subject to you achieving a certain grade or score. This means your place at Imperial is guaranteed providing you meet the conditions of your offer.
You can submit your overall average after you have made your application, which is normal practice in the UK.
English language requirements
Successful applicants will need to achieve a certain level of English to qualify for a place on their chosen course.
Each course specifies either a Standard or Higher language requirement, which is the level of English required for entry on to that particular course, even if English is your first language.
If you have previously applied to Imperial and were unsuccessful, you will need to submit a new application.
If you have successfully requested deferred entry, you do not need to complete a new application.
Scholarships and loans
Studying at Imperial and living in the city of London has opened my mind to many more opportunities. While there is less of the closed community feeling that a Kiwi city can offer, I feel encouraged to craft a unique and personal university experience that I can cherish for the rest of my life. I was able to travel to explore the different European cultures; meet students from places that I've never heard of; get stuck in labs and work alongside professors on their research projects; and have the opportunity to join over 380 clubs and societies."
Vanessa Tang (New Zealand)
MEng Chemical Engineering
If life at Imperial was all labs and lectures, we wouldn’t have over 340 clubs and societies to get involved with, and state-of-the-art sports facilities right on campus.
All of our clubs, societies and projects are open to all students, though you may find the Australian Society of particular interest.
As well as other cultural societies, there are also clubs and societies covering arts and entertainment, charitable endeavours, departmental and academic-related societies, societies related to faith, media societies (two student newspapers, student radio and TV stations and a photography society) and over 100 sports clubs, including martial arts and indoor and outdoor sports.
To get a feel for life on our South Kensington Campus, visit our virtual tour website, Imperial360.
Life after Imperial
Meanwhile, the new Graduate Worker Route, launching in 2021, will enable graduates to work in the UK for two years after completing an undergraduate or postgraduate Masters degree, or three years after completing a PhD.
Others move abroad again, and as an Imperial alumnus you will join a community of over 190,000 former students in 200 countries.
- Alumni Association of New South Wales, Australia
- Alumni Association of Western Australia
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The Imperial representative for Australasia is Jennie Long, International Officer.
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