Imperial College London

Imperial College London – Faculty of Science Undergraduate Summer Research Exchange

Earth and Ocean Sciences, Chemistry, Math, Physics

Admission deadline

Applying to Research Abroad happens in two steps

As soon as you submit your application to Go Global, you will be contacted by the advisor with instructions for next steps. You can apply to Go Global well in advance of the deadline to get a headstart on the rest of your application.

1. Apply to Go Global once you’ve identified programs you're interested in

  • Submit your Go Global application online. You can apply for up to 3 programs on one application.
  • Go Global will contact you within 2 weeks of submission with instructions on how to apply to the partner and an electronic copy of your UBC transcript.

2. Apply directly to the partner university

  • Each research program will have detailed instructions on how to apply and strict submission deadlines.
  • All research programs will require supporting documents that typically include:
    • Academic references (1 – 3)
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • UBC transcript

About the program

Program dates: UBC students spend 8 weeks doing research at Imperial College London from late-June to late-August each year (exact dates to be decided each year). 

This may be part of a 16-week summer research term at UBC during which students spend May and June at UBC, then July and August in London.

Imperial College London is a public research university in the United Kingdom. Imperial is among the top universities of the world and consistently included in the top 10 globally. Imperial received its highest ranking as 2nd best university in the world in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings. Outside of U.S. universities, Imperial is ranked 3rd best university in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report World University Rankings.

Since 2014, Imperial and UBC have engaged in a Summer Research Exchange for Science undergraduate students.  UBC students spend 8 weeks at Imperial during the summer undertaking research under the supervision of a faculty member.  

Meanwhile, students from Imperial come to UBC for 8 weeks to undertake research.

Student selection and project placement

Professors at UBC and Imperial College work together to establish the research projects each year. Student selection is managed within the academic department.

Often, students and professors will apply for an NSERC-USRA award for a 16-week summer research placement, where 8 weeks of the paid research term will take place at Imperial.

If you are a student interested in participating, you are encouraged to discuss this opportunity with professors in your department. 


October – February: UBC and Imperial professors establish which departments will be participating in the exchange and discuss possible collaboration and student projects

January – March: Projects established and departments select their students

By late March: Departments notify Go Global of participating students and Go Global processes the students’ acceptance to the program

April – May: Students undertake pre-departure preparation

Late-June: Departure for London

Late-August: Return to UBC

Research areas

  • Earth and Ocean Sciences

  • Chemistry

  • Math

  • Physics

    *Participating departments may vary year-to-year.

Program-specific eligibility

General Research Abroad eligibility

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full-time studies prior to application
  • We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades for summer research abroad experiences
  • You should have full-time student status as defined by your faculty in the year prior to your research abroad experience
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your exchange departure

Program costs and fees

Students and their UBC research supervisors are responsible for covering the costs of travel, living and accommodations associated with participating in this program.

Students should budget approximately $5000 Canadian Dollars to cover flights, accommodations, food and other costs for the 8 week research term in London.
On-campus accommodations at Imperial College cost approximately 1000 GBP ($2065.00) for 8 weeks.

Students selected for this program will be charged the Go Global fee.

Awards and funding for Research Abroad

Go Global Research Abroad Award: up to $2000 per term

Eligibility: All students accepted into a research abroad program, through Go Global, will be considered for this award. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after acceptance into the program.

  • To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session of the previous year (with no failed or incomplete courses).
  • If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term. 

This award is automatically considered, and you don't need to apply.

The student may also be eligible for additional funding from their UBC supervisor, their department or the Faculty of Science to cover costs of travel and accommodations.

The 8-week research period at Imperial may be part of a paid summer research term such as an NSERC-Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA).

Go Global fee and withdrawal policy

If you are accepted by a host university for a structured research program, you will be asked to confirm you participation in the program and you will be charged the Go Global fee of $415.00. The fee will be posted to your SSC account following confirmation of your acceptance. Go Global will contact you with complete information on how to pay the fee.

You will not be able to make payment in-person at Brock Hall (Vancouver), University Centre (Okanagan), the Go Global office or your financial institution. You cannot pay this fee directly through your financial institution’s online banking interface as payments made through this method will only be counted towards your tuition and your Go Global fee will remain unpaid.

You will receive a $91.50 refund if you withdraw from the program in writing to your Go Global Advisor before March 31, 2018. If your notification of acceptance from the host university is after the refund deadline, then you have two weeks from date of acceptance to withdraw and receive a partial refund. Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Pre-Departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Advising hours

Drop-in advising hours (UBC Vancouver)

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Go Global Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver) or by emailing 


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

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