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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