China State Visit of President Xi Jinping at Imperial and the Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan.
The CSC Secretary General Dr Liu Jinghui and Imperial's President Alice Gast launch a new Joint Programme for Innovative Talent Training between Imperial and the China Scholarship Council - signed as President Xi Jinping visited Imperial in 2015.
Dr Reiko Tanaka from Department of Bioengineering – a former PhD at the University of Tokyo and Assistant Professor at Keio University.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam used her first official visit to the UK to see Imperial's technological lead in medical robotics.
Imperial's Welcome Fair is the place to find out about our 380+ student-run clubs, societies and projects, including the Chinese Society, pictured here.
Civil Engineering student Xiaoxiao Ding was shot for Imperial's Regular Giving Direct Mail appeal in June 2017; she’s also a former telephone campaign caller.
Information for East Asian students
Imperial and East Asia
"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)
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 one of the UK's most international universities and located in the central heart of the Best Student City in the World – London. Each year we welcome students from over 100 countries.
East Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include: China, including Hong Kong, Macau; Taiwan; Japan and 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.
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.
Apply 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.
Academic entry requirements
Exact entry requirements vary by course - see the entry requirements section on our course pages for details of the range of international qualifications we accept.
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.
All departments expect you to pass required subjects, normally with an A* or A at A-level or an overall grade of 7 or 6 at Higher Level of the IB or grade 5–5* in HKDSE (or equivalent). Successful applicants would have studied the right combination of the relevant subjects in their qualifications.
The subject and grade requirements for each course are published on our course pages. Our subject requirements are defined as follows:
- Required subjects: specific subjects we will expect you to have studied; we will also require to achieve certain grades in these subjects – the grades we expect you to achieve vary by course.
- Recommended subjects: subjects that are not required by the Department and will not affect admissions decisions, but they can provide useful preparation for the course.
You can submit your results after you have applied; this is usual practice in the UK and is the reason why you must specify clearly which exams you are due to take on your UCAS application.
Qualifications that are not accepted for entry
Please note that we do not consider the following qualifications sufficient for entry to any of our degrees at Imperial, but you may be considered by taking an accepted Foundation programme, or an accepted qualification at an external provider:
- Chinese National College Entrance Exam (普通高等学校招生全国统一考试 / 高考)
- Japanese High School Diploma (高等卒業証書 / そつぎょうしょうしょ)
- Korean High School Diploma (고등학교 졸업장 / 고등학교 과정 수료증) or High School Graduation Equivalency Examination
- Taiwan Senior High School Graduation Certificate (台湾高級中等學校畢業證書)
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.
Please note that 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 qualifications as part of your High School studies (e.g. IGCSE English, HKDSE 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.
Academic entry requirements
Postgraduate study at Imperial is intense and intellectually demanding. 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 accepted qualifications.
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.
Full details can be found on the relevant course page and English language requirement page.
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
You can search all of our scholarships in one place.
Examples of scholarships for students from East Asia include:
- President's PhD Scholarships
- CSC Imperial Scholarships
- Lee Family Scholarship (China and Hong Kong)
- Stephen and Anna Hui Fellowship (China and Hong Kong)
If life at Imperial was all labs and lectures, we wouldn’t have around 350 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 below are some that you may find of particular interest.
And if there isn’t a society for the things you love yet, you can set one up!
All of our societies are open to all students but here are some you may find of particular interest:
- Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
- Chinese society
- Japanese society
- Korean society
- Taiwan society
- K Pop society
- Shorinji Kempo
- Shaolin Kung-Fu
To get a feel for life on our South Kensington Campus, take a virtual tour.
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 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
Opportunities to meet us
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The Imperial representative for East Asia is Jake Ganymede, Senior International Recruitment Officer. Please use the link to the enquiry form below Jake's photo to get in touch.
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