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

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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

GPA
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 6 to study at Imperial

Study Options 
You must choose to study either Chemical or Civil Engineering. There are numerous course restrictions outlined below. 

Semester Restrictions

  • 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 a single semester in the autumn term (UQ Semester 2). 

Other Restrictions
Students must have completed two years of prior study at UQ before going to Imperial.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

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

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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. 

The Which? Student Budget Calculator is also a useful tool to help you create a budget and manage your finances while studying in the UK.

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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)