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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. South Asian nations currently represented at Imperial include:
- Sri Lanka
The College has a long history of links with South Asia. The first partnerships between academics at the College and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi began in the 1950s and continues to this day. You can find out more about these links on our Global Imperial website.
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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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 South Asia include:
Undergraduate, Master's and Research students
Our 350+ 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:
- Bangladeshi Society
- Indian Society
- Hindu Society
- Islamic Society
- Pakistan Society
- Punjabi Society
- Sikh Society
- Sri Lankan Society
There is a student-run Islamic prayer room on campus with separate male and female areas available. Three multi-faith prayer rooms are also available in the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre for use by all faith groups.
All university accommodation is self-catered. Halal and vegetarian options are also available in catering outlets on campus.
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 to help you build links with other former students.
In South Asia these include:
- Alumni Association in India (with chapters in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai)
- Alumni Association in Pakistan
"I chose Imperial because it is one of the best universities in the world for Engineering, being consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. There is a lot of important research being carried out here that I have had the chance to learn about first-hand, as well as the countless opportunities for us to turn our own ideas into reality using the wide range of resources available on campus."
Thisara Niriella (Sri Lanka), MEng Biomedical Engineering
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