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Central and South American nations currently represented at Imperial include:

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Peru

Many departments have long-standing active collaborations with Latin America – some of these running over several decades. You can find out more on our Global Imperial website.

International student support

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 is the most international university in the UK, and the fifth most international in the world. Our International Student Support team offers a range of dedicated support for overseas students, including an international welcome event for new students and a year-round social programme. 

They can also provide information on a range of relevant issues, such as opening a bank account in the UK and accessing the National Health Service.

Visa advice

We offer specialist immigration advice, including on Tier 4 (general) student visas, before you arrive and throughout your studies. One-year Master’s students can access a streamlined visa process and may stay in the UK for six months after their studies.

English language support

Our Centre for Academic English offers a three-week pre-sessional English course for students who have met our English language requirements, but wish to further develop their academic language and literacy before starting their course.

The Centre also provides free English language support throughout your time here. This includes courses and workshops on academic writing, presentations, social English and academic listening, as well as one-to-one consultations and online resources.

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Come and meet us to ask any questions you may have about studying at Imperial.

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Entry requirements

Imperial welcomes applications from a range of international qualifications at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Entry and selection criteria for each course vary and there are further details on each course page. You can refer to the general entry requirement pages for guidance on the minimum grades that are usually expected in your qualification.

English language requirements

It is important to meet the minimum English language proficiency criteria for your course. You can see the list of accepted qualifications and the required scores on our English language requirements pages:

Scholarships and awards

You can search all of our scholarships in one place on our undergraduate and postgraduate fees and funding web pages. Examples of scholarships for students from Central and South America include:

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships

Master's students

Chevening Scholarships
BE.CAR Scholarships (Argentina)
Conicyt-Imperial Scholarships (Chile)

Research students

President's PhD Scholarships
Ciência sem Fronteiras (Brazil)
Conicyt-Imperial Scholarships (Chile)

Student life

Our 380+ student-run societies, clubs and projects also provide a supportive social network, bringing together people who share a similar interest, course or culture. See the full list on Imperial College Union's website, including more information on:

  • Dance society (Latin American, Ballroom, Salsa)
  • Latin American society
  • Portuguese-speaking society

Life beyond Imperial

Your relationship with Imperial does not end when you graduate. Some of our international alumni stay in the UK, for instance on a Graduate Entrepreneurs visa. Find out what some of our recent Graduate Entrepreneurs are doing.

Others move abroad again, and as an Imperial alumnus you will join a community of over 190,000 former students in 200 countries. We have alumni groups worldwide and you can join our online platform Imperial Plexus to help you build links with other former students.

"Coming from a developing country, studying abroad is not particularly easy to reach. Having the opportunity to study with this scholarship at one of the highest ranked universities in the world has completely changed my life. My research is now linked to a broader global project on poverty alleviation, which would have been unimaginable a couple of years ago."

Boris Fernando Ochoa-Toachi (Ecuador), Imperial College PhD scholar, PhD Civil Engineering