The Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam visiting Imperial in 2014

Hear from our student bloggers

Read about life at Imperial from our Malaysian student blogger Louis and Indonesian student blogger Veronica.

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 East Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include:

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

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.

Imperial visits you

Explore the upcoming events we are attending in your country below. These are excellent opportunities to meet us and ask any questions you have about studying at Imperial.

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For more information about these events email Jennie Long.

We will announce new events here.

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:

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 East Asia include:

Undergraduate students

President's Undergraduate Scholarships
World Scientific scholarship

Undergraduate, Master's and Research students

Imperial Commonwealth scholarships (developing countries)
UK scholarships and fellowships for Singaporeans

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:

  • Bruneian society
  • Indonesian society
  • Malaysian society
  • Singapore society
  • Thai society

Hear from our current South East Asian students

Kah Yan, second-year Medical Bioscience student, Malaysia

Second-year Medical Biosciences student Kah Yan from Malaysia shares her experience of being an international student and how she settled into university life in London

Kah Yan, second-year Malaysian student, talks about Imperial

Kah Yan, second-year Medical Bioscience student, Malaysia

Kah Yan talks: Malaysia, Imperial's scientific research and settling into life in London

Second-year Medical Biosciences student Kah Yan from Malaysia shares her experience of being an international student and how she settled into university life in London

Ramana, from Singapore, talks about Imperial College London

Ramana, third-year Aeronautics, Singapore

Ramana talks: Spacecraft, Singapore and money saving tips

International student Ramana discusses his passion for planes and engineering from a young age and the reason he chose to relocate to London to study Aeronautical Engineering with us. He shares his top budgeting tips and why London is the best city to live in!

Madeleine, from Indonesia, talks about Imperial

Madeleine, first-year Biochemistry, Indonesia

Madeleine talks: Moving to the UK, diversity and wellbeing

Biochemistry student Madeleine shares her experience of joining us from Indonesia and the nerves and excitement she felt to start life in London.

National Service

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.

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 East Asia these include:

  • Alumni Association of Malaysia
  • Alumni Association of Singapore
  • Alumni Association of Thailand

Videos

Imperial and Singapore

Imperial has strong ties to Singapore, with 2,700 alumni in Singapore – the greatest concentration per capita outside the UK. Find out more about Imperial and Singapore's decades-long relationship.

Imperial and Singapore video

Imperial and Singapore

Imperial College London has strong ties to Singapore.

Imperial has strong ties to Singapore, with 2,700 alumni in Singapore – the greatest concentration per capita outside the UK. Find out more about Imperial and Singapore's decades-long relationship.

Dr Sunitha Vimalesvaran on studying at Imperial

Postgraduate programmes for research careers

Dr Sunitha Vimalesvaran on how studying at Imperial can take your career to the next level.

Dr Sunitha Vimalesvaran (MSc Paediatrics and Child Health), originally from Malaysia, explains how studying a part-time Master's degree at Imperial, alongside clinical training, can take your career to the next level.

"The diversity amongst the student body at Imperial has really opened my eyes to the world. I never before had the opportunity to interact with people of so many different cultures. Everyone has differing opinions and practices, which is great for creating innovative ideas. Receiving a President’s Scholarship from Imperial really helped me to buy all the essentials that were required for me to settle in another country."

Wan Wei Ang (Malaysia), President's Undergraduate Scholar, MBBS/BSc Medicine