Students on an field trip in Dorset

Hear from our student bloggers

Read about life at Imperial from our Macanese student blogger Alexandra and Chinese student blogger Henry.

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 ranked as the UK's most international university and the sixth most international in the world. Each year we welcome students from over 130 countries.

East Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include:

  • China, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
  • Japan
  • South Korea

In addition, the College is very active in the East Asia region, with several key institutional partners particularly in China and South Korea.

Upcoming virtual events and webinars

Our overseas visits are currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, we've moved our events online, which are a chance for you to connect with our staff, wherever you are in the world! 

Explore the upcoming virtual events we are attending below – we're updating these pages regularly so check back to find events scheduled for your country. We also run information sessions throughout the year covering a wide range of topics, from funding your studies to student life – find out more on our Undergraduate webinars and Postgraduate webinars webpages.

Be the first to hear about events and discover other opportunities to engage with us online by signing up for our emails.

For more information about these events email Jake Ganymede.

If you are unable to attend our events, you can watch a recording of our recent live Q&A session on Weibo.



QS World Grad School Tour

Hong Kong

QS World Grad School Tour


QS World Grad School Tour


Mongolia Global University Fair (Educational Advising and Resource Centre)

  • Date and time: 23 to 24 October 2020, times to be announced
  • Location: virtual
  • Registrations will open soon

South Korea

QS World Grad School Tour


QS World Grad School Tour

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:

International student support

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Chinese society
  • Japanese society
  • Korean society
  • Taiwan society

Olawunmi Olatidoye, Undergraduate and secretary of African-Caribbean Society Shifting the Lens: a celebration of cultural diversity at Imperial

In our new Shifting The Lens series, Imperial staff and students have opened up about their culture and heritage. Read about their lives outside of the College – from the festivals they celebrate to the challenges they have faced.

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 Start-up Visa

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.

In East Asia these include:

  • Alumni Association of China (Beijing)
  • Alumni Association of East China (Shanghai)
  • Alumni Association of South China (Shenzhen)
  • Alumni Association of Hong Kong
  • South Kensington Kai, Japan
  • Alumni Association of South Korea
  • Alumni Association of Taiwan
"Studying at Imperial immerses you in the vibrant atmosphere in South Kensington, right in the epicentre of London. When I arrived here I quickly settled in and found it easy to become part of the College community. I have loved my time here so far and working as a President’s Ambassador have been lucky enough to get involved in some of the public events that the College organises throughout the year, which has made it even easier for me to make new friends outside my Department."

Vanessa Ho (Hong Kong), BSc Chemistry