Imperial's the Bhangra Society and Combination Dance Company performing at Imperial Festival

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Read about life at Imperial from our Indian student blogger Ambika.

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. South Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

The College has a long history of links with South Asia. The first partnerships between academics at the College and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi began in the 1950s and continues to this day.

You can find out more about these links on our Global Imperial website.

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 contact the International Recruitment team.

Events

India

Webinar for Schools in Delhi

Webinar for Schools in Mumbai

Webinar for Schools in Bengaluru

Webinar for Schools in Hyderabad

All India Webinar

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 South Asia include:

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate, Master's and Research students

Commonwealth scholarships

Research students

President's PhD Scholarships
Islamic Development Bank - Imperial College Scholarships

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:

  • Bangladeshi Society
  • Indian Society
  • Hindu Society
  • Islamic Society
  • Pakistan Society
  • Punjabi Society
  • Sikh Society
  • Sri Lankan 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.

Hear more from our current international students

Ritvik, first-year Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Born in India, raised in Indonesia and now living in London, Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Ritvik shares his experience of life at Imperial so far. Having never lived west of Asia in his life, Ritvik is enjoying his student experience in London. He talks about the application process, joining clubs and societies and the support available specifically for international students.

Ritvik talks about Imperial College London

Ritvik, first-year Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Born in India, raised in Indonesia and now living in London, Ritvik shares his student experience

Born in India, raised in Indonesia and now living in London, Electrical and Electronic Engineering student Ritvik shares his experience of life at Imperial so far. Having never lived west of Asia in his life, Ritvik is enjoying his student experience in London. He talks about the application process, joining clubs and societies and the support available specifically for international students.

Ahad, a current student, talks about Imperial College London

Ahad, second-year Physics

Ahad talks: Theoretical Physics, Pakistan and living independently

Pakistan born second-year Theoretical Physics student, Ahad reflects on his experience of studying with us. He talks about moving away from home and living independently for the first time and how his passion for Physics has grown since joining us.

 

Akila, from India, speaks about Imperial College London

Akila, fourth-year Biological Sciences with Management

Akila talks: Student accommodation, moving away from home and the Imperial Indian Society

Meet Akila, a Biological Sciences with Management student from Bangalore, India. She shares what life is like as an International student studying and living in London. She reflects on finding a home away from home in London by finding support from the large Asian community here. She shares her journey from the application process to choosing accommodation to life in the capital.

Multi-faith provision

There is a student-run Islamic prayer room on campus with separate male and female areas available. Three multi-faith prayer rooms are also available in the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre for use by all faith groups.

All university accommodation is self-catered. Halal and vegetarian options are also available in catering outlets on campus.

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 South Asia these include:

  • Alumni Association in India (with chapters in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai)
  • Alumni Association in Pakistan
"I chose Imperial because it is one of the best universities in the world for Engineering, being consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. There is a lot of important research being carried out here that I have had the chance to learn about first-hand, as well as the countless opportunities for us to turn our own ideas into reality using the wide range of resources available on campus."

Thisara Niriella (Sri Lanka), MEng Biomedical Engineering