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As a student in London, you'll be welcomed into a city where over 300 languages are spoken and where over 100,000 students from 200 countries come to study each year.
Imperial is the most international university in the UK, and the fifth most international in the world. Each year, we welcome students from over 130 countries.
African nations currently represented at Imperial include:
- South Africa
The College works with partners in Africa across a broad range of contexts. In May 2016 the College launched The Centre of African Research and Engagement (ICCARE) to bring together much of the work taking place across the College.
Imperial visits you
Come and meet us to ask any questions you may have about studying at Imperial. For more information about these events please email Matt Wilks.
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Imperial welcomes applications from a range of international qualifications at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Entry and selection criteria for each course vary and there are further details on each course page. You can refer to the general entry requirement pages for guidance on the minimum grades that are usually expected in your qualification.
English language requirements
It is important to meet the minimum English language proficiency criteria for your course. You can see the list of accepted qualifications and the required scores on our English language requirements pages:
International student support
Our International Student Support team offers a range of dedicated support for overseas students, including an international welcome event for new students and a year-round social programme.
They can also provide information on a range of relevant issues, such as opening a bank account in the UK and accessing the National Health Service.
English language support
Our Centre for Academic English offers a three-week pre-sessional English course for students who have met our English language requirements, but wish to further develop their academic language and literacy before starting their course.
The Centre also provides free English language support throughout your time here. This includes courses and workshops on academic writing, presentations, social English and academic listening, as well as one-to-one consultations and online resources.
We offer specialist immigration advice, including on Tier 4 (general) student visas, before you arrive and throughout your studies. One-year Master’s students can access a streamlined visa process and may stay in the UK for six months after their studies.
Scholarships and awards
You can search all of our scholarships in one place using our scholarships search tool. Examples of scholarships for students from Africa include:
Master's and Research students
Our 370+ student-run societies, clubs and projects also provide a supportive social network, bringing together people who share a similar interest, course or culture. See the full list on Imperial College Union's website, including more information on:
- African Caribbean society
- Igbo society
- Kenyan society
- Mauritian society
- Nigerian society
Life beyond Imperial
Your relationship with Imperial does not end when you graduate. As an Imperial alumnus you will join a community of over 190,000 former students in 200 countries. We have alumni groups worldwide and you can join our online platform Imperial Plexus to help you build links with other former students
In Africa these include:
- Alumni Association of Nigeria
Image credit (above): Imperial College Nigerian Society
"If you’re smart, look forward to creating your own story and are a potential leader who’s seeking high standards and an international community, then you’ll find what you’re looking for at Imperial."
Opeoluwa Olawale (Nigeria), MSc Petroleum Engineering
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