Imperial College London study abroad
A year abroad as part of your degree gives you the chance to challenge yourself personally in a different academic and cultural environment.
It’s also proof to employers that you’re adaptable, independent and globally aware.
Where you can go
Most departments offer opportunities for you to complete a year of your Imperial degree at an institution within Europe through the Erasmus+ exchange scheme.
It may also be possible to study further afield, for example in the USA, Australia or Singapore, through partnerships developed by your department with institutions beyond the EU.
We have chosen our exchange partners carefully. Not only do they include some of the world’s best universities, they offer a comparable level of teaching in your subject field. This means that the year you spend abroad will count directly towards your Imperial degree.
See our Placements website for a list of our current exchange partners in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.
Imperial College London Year abroad
If you are already learning a language, immersing yourself in the country where it is spoken is a great way to take your fluency to the next level. And in the multinational job market, graduates with language skills are in demand.
Knowing the language of the host country to an acceptable level is required before embarking on a year abroad in Europe, although we make exceptions for a year abroad in the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries.
Where teaching is in English rather than the host language, the level of proficiency you need to achieve is normally lower.
See our course list to find out about language admission requirements for the course you are interested in, and whether language tuition forms part of the curriculum.