Imperial College London

London
United Kingdom

Language of instruction

English

Imperial College London is a world top 10 university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak.

London is one of the world’s most visited cities and has something for everyone, with the best theatre scene in the world, vibrant food and drink culture, and countless attractions.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring & Summer Terms January–June
Semester 2 Autumn Term September/October–December

Third year students can only study at Imperial for a full-year, commencing in the autumn term (UQ Semester 2). Fourth year students may study at Imperial for a full-year or single semester in the autumn term (UQ Semester 2). 

View the Imperial academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Imperial has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Campuses

Imperial College London has multiple campus across central and north west London:

  • South Kensington campus
  • St Mary's campus in Paddington
  • Chelsea and Westminster campus in Chelsea
  • Hammersmith campus
  • Northwick Park in Harrow
  • Royal Brompton campus in South Kensington
  • Charing Cross campus in Baron's Court
  • Silwood Park campus in Ascot, outside London

Explore the map of Imperial campuses.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits at Imperial is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

It is recommended you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 6 to study at Imperial.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Imperial course catalogue for Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Exchange limited to Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering students only

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. 

Chemical Engineering exchange students can enrol in courses from all undergraduate years as long as they have the necessary prerequisites. 

Civil Engineering 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.

Additional academic information

Imperial has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Imperial College London operates a number of student residence halls. Exchange students can apply for a place in halls, or use the guide for finding private accommodation.

Cost of living

Living expenses in London will vary considerably according to your personal circumstances and lifestyle choices. Imperial provides a rough guide to living expenses to help students budget for exchange. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Imperial provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the British High Commission for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.