Imperial College London Visiting student

By | 15th June 2017

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Imperial College London Visiting student

Applying to Imperial as a Visiting Student

Imperial accepts a number of visiting (non-degree) students each year. Most of these are here as part of an exchange scheme, such as the ERASMUS programme, but a small number are here as independent students.

Visiting (or occasional) students are not awarded a degree by Imperial. Often the work they do here is part of a degree from elsewhere. Whether you are a prospective exchange student or a prospective non-exchange student please ensure that you consult the more detailed information below before making an online application.

If you are an academic or administrative member of Imperial College London you can consult guidance on the subject of hosting visiting students on our internal webpages

Information for Visiting (Non-Degree) Students

Placement Types

Imperial College London will consider the following applications from prospective visiting (non-degree) students:

  • Undergraduate Level: (1) independent projects OR (2) a study plan composed from the Imperial College undergraduate bachelor/masters curriculum (with or without a project)
  • Postgraduate Masters Level: (1) independent projects OR (2) a study plan composed from Imperial College postgraduate MSc/MRes courses
  • Doctoral Level

Exclusions: Options you cannot apply for as a visiting (non-degree) student

When making your application it is important to note that there are certain placements which we are normally unable to offer, so you should not apply for the following:

  • Study placements with access to Year 1 of an undergraduate course
  • Study placements based on the undergraduate medicine curriculum
  • Study placements based on the undergraduate biomedicine curriculum
  • Study placements at undergraduate level in Imperial College Business School
  • Study placements at undergraduate level in the Department of Mathematics, except within the framework of an official Erasmus+ student exchange agreement
  • Penultimate or final year undergraduate medical students seeking clinical attachment elective study periods at one of the NHS teaching hospitals partnered with Imperial College London should read the guidance on the Faculty of Medicine website. Such students should not apply as a visiting student as they have a separate application route.
  • Formal teaching (i.e. courses) in the April to September period. 
  • If you wish to apply for a Summer School (for university level students) please do not apply as a visiting student, but review the information on the appropriate College website.

Other important issues to consider

Imperial is also unable to offer placements involving teaching from more than one department or from both the undergraduate curriculum (BEng/MEng/BSc/MSci) and postgraduate curriculum (MSc/MRes), unless:

  • that teaching is normally available to degree students of the admitting academic department
  • you are an Erasmus+ or other exchange student and you have been advised by the exchange programme co-ordinator at your home university or the exchange programme co-ordinator at Imperial College London that such access can be arranged

In addition, admission for less than a full academic year is not possible unless:

  • prior agreement has been obtained from the host department, ordinarily for independent-study (i.e. research project/placements)

Please ensure you have read the guidance for applicants. 

Guidance for Applicants

Please note information for Erasmus Traineeship Students can be found further down this page. 

Will I need to pay tuition fees?

  • Students who are admitted within the framework of an official student exchange programme do not have to pay tuition fees to Imperial College London.  Such students would normally be expected to continue to pay normal tuition fees to their home university for the relevant period.
  • Students who are admitted on the basis of being an Erasmus Traineeship student do not have to pay tuition fees to Imperial College London. Such students would normally be expected to continue to pay normal tuition fees to their home university for the relevant period.
  • All other applicants are liable to pay a tuition fee if they are offered admission.

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