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Imperial is proud of the innovations, ideas and inspiration that come from the European members of its community, which includes 2,800 students and over 2,000 staff.
Imperial is ranked as the UK's most international university and the sixth most international university in the world. In 2017/18, students from Europe made up just over seventeen percent of the student population at the College, with 42 European nations represented including:
In the last decade alone, Imperial has published more than 60,000 research papers with European partners. You can find out more about our links with Europe on our Global Imperial website.
Imperial is a European university with global reach - collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. The College is providing staff and students with support and information, growing its European collaborations and working to influence decision-makers in the UK and Europe. For updates on information for EU students following the EU referendum see our Imperial and the European Union pages.
As of Tuesday 28 May 2019: The government has confirmed that students from the European Union starting courses in England in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses. They will also be able to access financial support on the same basis as is available today.
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.
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For more information about these events email Lawrence Barnard.
Imperial visits you
QS Online Master-Messe - South Germany
- Date and time: 03 November 2020, 18:30 to 21:00 CEST
- Location: Virtual
- Book: QS Online Master-Messe - South Germany
Imperial welcomes applications from a range of European and 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
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.
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 provide information on a range of relevant issues, such as opening a bank account in the UK and accessing the National Health Service.
They can also provide expert advice on a wide range of immigration issues.
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.
Scholarships and awards
Master's and Research students
If you need to complete National Service and you apply to Imperial two years before you are due to complete this, you should initially apply for deferred entry.
If your place is confirmed within the UCAS cycle in which you apply, you can then contact the relevant Admissions team the next September to request another deferment of your place to the following year (i.e. the year you are due to complete your National Service).
We try to accommodate all deferment requests but these are subject to approval.
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:
- Cypriot society
- Dutch society
- French society
- German society
- Hellenic society
- Italian society
- Polish society
- Romanian society
- Scandinavian society
- Swiss 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.
Hear more from our current EU students
Elisa, first-year Biomedical Engineering, Italy
Elisa talks about living in London and being independent
Elisa talks: Life as an international student from Italy, living in London and being independent
Ten tips for EU students from an EU student
Marine, a second-year Biotechnology student from France, shares her top ten tips for EU students
Marine, a second-year Biotechnology student from France shares her top ten tips for EU students joining the Imperial community.
Daniel, first-year Biomedical Engineering, Spain
Daniel talks: Imperial's quality of teaching, the African Caribbean society and curly fries
Meet Daniel, a first-year Biomedical Engineering student from Spain who shares his experience with us so far. He talks about making friends, joining the African Caribean society and his love for curly fries from our student union pub.
Life beyond Imperial
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 Europe these include:
- Alumni Network in the Czech Republic
- Alumni Association of France
- Alumni Club of Germany
- Alumni Association of Greece
- Alumni Network in the Netherlands
- Alumni Network in Spain
- Alumni Network in Sweden
- Alumni Network in Switzerland (Zurich)
- Alumni Network in Switzerland (Geneva)
"When I came on a student-led tour I could really easily picture myself here, and the location is absolutely amazing – South Kensington is such a beautiful and safe area. The large percentage of international students and the advanced research facilities were definitely also pros. I love everything about living in London, from the liveliness of the city to the endless list of places you can go to during the weekend."
Liu Haoyun (Switzerland), BSc Biochemistry and Management