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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. This includes over 300 students from the Middle East. The countries with greatest student numbers include:
- Saudi Arabia
These four countries are also the ones that the College has produced the most joint papers with over the last five year period. You can find out more about our large number of partnerships with universities, research institutes and industry in the MENA region 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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All our events for 2017 have taken place. 2018 events will be announced in due course.
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 the Middle East include:
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:
- Arabic society
- Iranian society
- Islamic society
- Saudi 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 the Middle East these include:
- Alumni Association of Bahrain
- Alumni Network in Lebanon
- Alumni Network in Saudi Arabia
- Alumni Network in United Arab Emirates
"Imperial was my first choice for a number of reasons: its international reputation for excellence in teaching and research; the chance to study alongside some of the brightest students; and finally its location at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities, which gives me the chance to build a network of useful contacts with other professionals from industry and academia."
Saeed Alshiri (Saudi Arabia), PhD Chemical Engineering
Did you know?
Imperial College London is a global university, collaborating with universities, researchers and industry worldwide. Find out more about Imperial's links with the Middle East.
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Student wins Qatar award for research excellence
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KAUST celebrates Imperial links
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