This program allows you to become fully integrated into the academic and social life of Imperial College London. It is a year-long program and is open to Engineering and Computer Science majors only.
Imperial College London offers a unique and outstanding course selection in Material Science and Computer Science as well as Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Some UCEAP students have conducted directed research projects with world-leading faculty and some have taken professional courses such as Professional Engineering and Innovation Management that provide business and management skills.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Compare the academic offerings at other English universities to determine if Imperial College London is the right partner institution for you.
- Imperial College London online catalog/course listings. Note that in the UK “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
- The Program Guide provides detailed information about the English Universities program.
- Third and fourth year courses offered through the Imperial Horizons program are open to you.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required for the year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required.
Take stimulating courses at this outstanding university in the center of London. Known for world-class scholarship, education, and research, Imperial College London is consistently rated in the top three universities in the UK. Distinguished past members of the college include 14 Nobel Laureates, pharmacologist Alexander Fleming, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and author H. G. Wells.
Imperial College’s main campus, which includes the engineering departments, is in South Kensington, central London. Other London-based Imperial College campuses, all within a short distance of South Kensington, are at Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton, and St. Mary’s.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance. The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.
1. Internships found through the UCEAP London Study Center
Become engaged in internships through the resources of the London Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the London Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.
2. Student - initiated internships
Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest. Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources.
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)
UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice. Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses. All universities have resources to help you find private housing.
One quarter of Imperial College students live in university-owned or managed housing. Most of the housing is self-catering and consists of single and shared bedrooms with common kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Most rooms in the university housing have both Internet and phone connections. The halls of residence vary widely in location and amenities, and are priced accordingly. See the ICL website for the specific names and locations of more than a dozen different halls of residence.
Distinct from the halls of residence are the intercollegiate halls, which are located in the upscale Bloomsbury area of London. UCEAP students are encouraged to apply for accommodation in one of the intercollegiate halls due to their proximity to ICL. the intercollegiate halls have catered meals. However, the majority of ICL students live in private accommodations. The Student Accommodation Centre will help you find housing in the private sector if desired.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is one of the major financial, media, and cultural capitals of the world. Studying here offers you the chance to enjoy an immense range of historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert venues, sports events, shopping, and theaters all a short distance from your university. Take advantage of the many walking tours and tour buses available. The picturesque countryside includes Kew Garden, Canterbury Cathedral, and the town of Windsor. These attractions are only a short train ride away when you need to escape the 24/7 activity of the cosmopolitan city.
Located near the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial College London is at the center of London’s cultural offerings. In addition, the Student Union provides multiple opportunities to join clubs and participate in sports. The pub in the Student Union is a popular meeting place where students study.