Imperial College London
City: London

Visiting Students page (Exchange students are called "Visiting Students (non-degree/occasional)" at Imperial.) 

Approximate semester dates:
  • Autumn Term: October-December
  • Spring & Summer Terms: January-June
  • Term Dates

Exchange students are required to attend all three terms: Autumn & Spring Terms (Teaching Terms) and Summer Term (Assessment Term). 

Language of instruction: English
Full time load equivalent: 60 ECTS per academic year
Fields of Study Available:

Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering only

For Chem Eng only: Exchange students can enrol in courses from all Undergraduate years as long as they have the necessary prerequisites. However, it is strongly recommended that Chemical Engineering students study at Imperial in their 4th and 5th semesters.

For Civil Eng only: Exchange students must select modules from a given year (usually Year III or Year IV) as Imperial runs a year-based program, not a modular one. Due to timetabling constraints, it is not possible to mix modules from different Undergraduate years or select from the Postgraduate syllabus. Email UQ Abroad if in doubt. Please Note: Year III study load is 64 ECTS. 



Imperial College London requires students to have in-depth knowledge of Matlab to complete several pieces of Years III and IV coursework. Students should do a course in Matlab at UQ if possible. Should no such course be available at UQ, Imperial College London can provide them with some course materials with which they could acquire a basic knowledge of this tool through self-study. 


Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.

Restricted Fields of Study: Exchange limited to Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering only
Approximate living expenses:

GBP 15,000 per year

Cost of Living

Additional information:

For Year 3 Students: Full-year exchange only beginning in September. Apply to UQ Abroad by the October deadline. 

For Year 4 Students: Single semester exchange permitted

Undergraduate exchange only

Limited to 2 students per year

Minimum GPA of 6 recommended.

Guaranteed campus accommodation (conditions apply): Imperial halls of residence are self-catered with the majority located within a reasonable walking distance of the South Kensington campus. 

Visa advice: Please contact after you receive an official acceptance from Imperial.

Guidance for Prospective Exchange Students

UQ EAIT Faculty Engineering Academic Advisers contact list

Cycle from London to Brighton in June/July/September or run the London Marathon in April for a good cause!


- Imperial College was ranked Joint Second in the World University Rankings for 2014/15

- Did you know a lot of London's museums and galleries are free? These include British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery,  Museum of London, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum, V&A Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and many more.

- Take advantage of the half-priced student tickets to West End musicals and world-class performances in National Theatre, Royal Opera House, O2 Arena and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre!

 - London Underground, aka the Tube, is the world's oldest (1853) and most extensive underground system.