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Academics

Fields of Study: Engineering, Computer Science

Imperial College is a world-renowned STEM institution that maintains core academic disciplines, but it also brings together expertise from different disciplines to solve today’s global challenges. The College focuses on deepening students’ understanding of the fundamentals and delivers a world-class education that is research-based and student-centered. You will be part of an international community and take courses alongside local and other international students.

The program is open to Engineering and Computer Science majors only.

Unique study opportunities

  • Choose a course in  aeronautical engineering , bioengineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or computer science.
  • Take a professional course such as Professional Engineering or Innovation Management that provide business and management skills.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Foreign language study not available.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: Four to six courses for 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

After arrival, on-site staff will help you find and enroll in classes to fulfill degree or general requirements.

Catalogs and resources

  • Imperial College London Courses: After selecting a course, a list of module titles can be found at the bottom of the page under "Structure." Note that in the UK a "Course" is usually equivalent to a major academic plan at UC, and a "Module" is equivalent to a course (or class) at UC.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at the English Universities host institutions.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in England helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Introductory courses at an English university (or uni) are comparable to sophomore level in the US.
  • Many courses are the equivalent of UC upper-division, and instructors expect prior knowledge of the subject.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars; lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) do not often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students.

Grades

Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam. UC policy does not allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits) and exam dates are not flexible.