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With one of the largest international student populations in the world, Imperial College London is a hotbed of diversity and intellectual rigour. Students benefit from having the attractions of central London on their doorstep and the facilities of one of the world’s leading research institutions for science, technology, medicine and business to use to develop their academic interests. Entry is highly competitive and scholarship opportunities minimal.

  • Medium sized, public, research university
  • Inner city
  • Focuses exclusively on science, technology, medicine and business
  • Main campus in South Kensington. Innovation Campus in White City, 6 teaching hospitals throughout London, and a research field station at Silwood Park
  • Very large international population – non Uk is over 60%
  • 140+ countries represented on campus
  • 22,500 students (11,300 undergraduates)
  • Uneven male – female ratio
  • Sunday Times Good University Guide: University of the Year 2022.
  • Consistently ranked in the World Top 10.
  • Surrounded by many popular London attractions: Royal Albert Hall (where students graduate), Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Kensington Palace are all nearby.
  • Plenty of green spaces in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  • Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Imperial College Business School
  • Also Centre of Academic English and Centre of Language, Culture and Communication – to promote interdisciplinary approaches and develop students’ study skills.
  • Long term partner of MIT – many exchange programmes for students and academic staff.
  • Very competitive admission – highly oversubscribed. Most competitive programme is Computer Science – also Mathematics, Applied Engineering and Medicine.
  • Many courses offer 4 year integrated masters programmes
  • Medicine = 6 years MBBS / BSc Medicine
  • *New for 2023! first undergraduate programme in the business school – BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science
  • All UG courses include one I-Explore class taken outside of the subject area. Pass or fail grade.
  • Minimum entry requirements – IB 38-40 including HL Maths / APs 5,5,5 – 5,5,5,5 / A Level AAA – A*A*A
  • Don’t accept ACT or SAT
  • Medicine requires BMAT
  • Maths requires MAT / STEP
  • Computing – a conditional offer may include a STEP requirement
  • Applications are only accepted through UCAS
  • Predicted grades are very important – what admissions will look at first
  • Many specific subject requirements – check carefully for individual courses
  • Many departments now interview – online or in person
  • Only interview students who look competitive on paper
  • Interviews are academically focused – expect to be asked technical questions, eg. to solve a maths problem. Interested in how you think / process a problem, not necessarily expecting a ‘right’ answer. Expect to be pushed.
  • UCAS Personal Statement: 75-90% academic focus – looking for motivation for course, academic preparation, wider reading, other relevant academic activities, career aspirations, awareness of cultural/industrial affairs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and interest. Include 1-2 activities outside academics, but link to relevant skills that have been acquired.
  • Application will be read by an academic in that subject
  • Cost of living – $1700 per month
  • International fees: non medicine $45-48,000 per year
  • FAFSA accepted
  • Small merit scholarships available – only £1,000 per year
  • Lots of opportunities for research – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) and International Research Opportunities Programme (IROP)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship is well supported: Enterprise Lab / Advanced Hackspace. 2016-21 over 234 student start ups have been given support.
  • 380+ clubs and societies
  • No teaching on Wednesday afternoons – sports and other activities. All levels of sport are catered for.
  • Facilities include the Ethos Sports Centre, Imperial College Union, Multi Faith Chaplaincy
  • Orchestras and choir have close ties with the nearby Royal College of Music
  • 1st years guaranteed accommodation -spread across the city and some up to 35 minutes by bus from central campus area
  • All inclusive rent / single and twin rooms / all self catering / residential support team in all halls 24/7
  • Support for finding accommodation in future years / one hall for 2nd years +
  • Extensive student support: personal and senior academic tutors, Financial Support Team, International Student Support Team, NHS Health Centre and Dental Surgery.
  • Careers Service – help available up to 3 years post graduation, Careers Fairs, alumni mentoring, Placement and Internship Advisors
  • Global Alumni Network – 210,000 worldwide, Plexus – online platform to connect alumni with opportunities
  • Global Summer School – 16-17 year olds. Uk’s only dedicated STEM global summer school. July or August. Two week residential programme. £5,295 (2022)

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