Data Privacy

The College’s Data Privacy Statement for students applies to the data that we hold about you concerning your Imperial Horizons course. Please refer to Privacy Notice for Students and Prospective Students.

Your Responsibilities

Please be aware of the following responsibilities you are expected to take for your learning, when registering for an Imperial Horizons course

Attendance requirement

Your department has been asked not to timetable other classes at the same time as Imperial Horizons. You are expected to make every effort to attend every session. Attendance registers will be taken and attendance will be monitored. If, for a very good reason, you cannot attend, you should let your lecturer know by email in advance, and it is your responsibility to catch up missed work.

To pass the course, there is a 75% minimum attendance requirement.

Recording of results on student transcripts

All passes, merits and distinctions (and grades for students taking courses for degree credit) will be recorded on your transcript. Any fails will NOT be recorded on transcripts for students who take Imperial Horizons in addition to their main degree for non-credit or extra credit . You therefore have everything to gain from taking an Imperial Horizons option and you are encouraged to work hard to enjoy the benefits of this opportunity.

Changing course or withdrawing

You cannot change courses once you have started. The courses are designed to be delivered coherently across the whole course duration and it is important to be present for all the sessions.

If you have changed your mind about taking a course for whatever reason, you may withdraw. This should be done within the first 2 weeks of the term. If you are experiencing any problems with the course, or have any concerns, please contact your lecturer, the appropriate Coordinator for your field of study or the Imperial Horizons administrator. Please note that there is a minimum 75% attendance requirement for these courses in order to achieve a pass. If you are taking your Imperial Horizons course for degree credit as an ancillary course as part of your degree, you will need to obtain permission from your department before withdrawing. To withdraw you will need to complete the withdrawal form.

Academic honesty

You undertake to only submit work that is entirely your own. Please make sure you are aware of the College’s guidelines on how to avoid plagiarism detailed in the Imperial Study Guide. Ask your lecturer for help should you be in any doubt about writing in your own words. Please be aware that the College views any form of cheating very seriously.

Participating in group work

You are expected to participate fully in any task involving working in a group. You should be a reliable, committed member of the group and you must be fully accountable for your contribution.

Coursework deadlines and extensions

Coursework must be submitted on time. If you do not submit required coursework or sit required tests, you will receive no marks for that assessment. Extensions for coursework are only granted in exceptional circumstances (pressure of work will not be deemed a valid excuse) and a coursework extension request form must be submitted. Coursework submitted late will receive a mark of zero in accordance with College policy.


Those courses with an examination component will have the final examination during the last week of the spring term. Languages oral exams will also be scheduled at the end of the spring term or start of the summer term. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the date of your compulsory exam(s). Language courses will also have a test during the last week of the autumn term.

Signing up for a course that is appropriate for you in the context of your previous learning

Languages and Global Citizenship courses are offered at a range of different levels from complete beginners (Level 1) upwards. Please make sure that you are eligible for the language course that you are choosing by checking the pre-requisites chart. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to register for a particular Horizons option you should contact the appropriate Coordinator for advice.

The Humanities Project and Global Challenges Independent Project (Level 6) require students to have satisfactorily completed a Level 5 course. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, please contact the appropriate field leader

Year in Europe and Language for Science Students

Students on a degree which includes a year abroad (including those studying a BSc/MSci with a Language for Science) are required to study a language in preparation for that year. You will attend two hours a week of language tuition through Imperial Horizons and an additional third hour of language tuition per week intended to prepare you for study abroad. BSc/MSci with a Language for Science students will also undertake a further hour of study in the history, politics, science and technology of the countries concerned. It is compulsory for you to attend all three hours (four hours in the case of BSc/MSci with a Language for Science) of tuition.

Time commitments for your course

In addition to the class time of two hours a week, you will need to set aside extra time (two to three hours for two-term courses and one hour for one-term courses) for preparation and follow-up activities that will be given in class. This is important if you want to make good progress in the course you have chosen.

Student Handbook

It is your responsibility to read (and download where appropriate) the student handbook and the information on the website about the course you have chosen.

Courses Offered

Imperial Horizons courses listed in our literature and on the website are those that the Centre currently intends to offer in the coming academic year.  Courses run subject to sufficient demand and resources. The College reserves the right to cap numbers and change or discontinue courses. Should the course to which you have signed up be cancelled, we will do our best to allocate you to another course of your choice.