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 the most international university in the UK, and the fifth most international in the world. Each year we welcome students from over 130 countries.

East Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

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

Imperial visits you

Come and meet us to ask any questions you may have about studying at Imperial. For more information about these events, please email Jake Ganymede.

Date and TimeLocationEvent
Further events taking place in 2019 will be announced in due course.    
East Asia events

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

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.

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 East Asia include:

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships

Master's students

Leonard Chow Engineering Scholarship (Hong Kong)

Research students

President's PhD Scholarships
CSC Imperial Scholarships
Lee Family Scholarship (China and Hong Kong)
Stephen and Anna Hui Fellowship (China and Hong Kong)

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

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.

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