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    Dear mod, please delete this thread. Thanks a lot.
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    It isn't? News to me.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    It isn't? News to me.
    Relative to Oxbridge, ofc.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    It isn't? News to me.
    Likewise.

    (Original post by eloquent45)
    Reputation and prestige problem. Do you guys think in the next 10-20 years it’ll make any differences?
    I haven't met a single international student that looks down on Imperial.

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    Relative to Oxbridge, ofc.
    Bit of a silly comparison. Imperial is superior enough to stand on its own two feet without being compared to Oxbridge... Not to mention how Imperial is a fairly specialised institution (STEM, Medicine and Business) compared to comprehensives like Oxford and Cambridge...
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    (Original post by eloquent45)
    Relatively to Oxbridge, ofc.
    Cos Oxbridge is better / more prestigious? What sorta dumb ass question is that
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    Because it is in London and, you know, most people who go there live in London or close by I don't think people will care if they are so far away. (Also there are more worldwide popular universities.)
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    It's probably way too prestigious by the looks of it. It's like prodigy's are the only ones welcomed there and my lord their courses are giving me a headache they look too complex.
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    (Original post by StayWoke)
    Cos Oxbridge is better / more prestigious? What sorta dumb ass question is that
    I gotta say yes, mate. and im not even from oxbridge.
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Bit of a silly comparison. Imperial is superior enough to stand on its own two feet without being compared to Oxbridge... Not to mention how Imperial is a fairly specialised institution (STEM, Medicine and Business) compared to comprehensives like Oxford and Cambridge...
    One thing that doesn’t get me is how low (imo) the entry requirements are. Idk for engineering or computer science, but for natural sciences like biology they only require AAA or IB 38. From a point of view of an international student, that’s truly a piece of cake.
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    (Original post by eloquent45)
    One thing that doesn’t get me is how low (imo) the entry requirements are. Idk for engineering or computer science, but for natural sciences like biology they only require AAA or IB 38. From a point of view of an international student, that’s truly a piece of cake.
    Aha, also the yearly intake which is pretty high compared to any other ‘top/globally-recognized uni’.
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    (Original post by eloquent45)
    One thing that doesn’t get me is how low (imo) the entry requirements are. Idk for engineering or computer science, but for natural sciences like biology they only require AAA or IB 38. From a point of view of an international student, that’s truly a piece of cake.
    Do bear in mind it's not AAA in any subject. The expect these 3 A-grades to be in biology (obviously), mathematics, physics or chemistry.

    If you think Imperial is too, how can I put this? Below your league? Then I suggest putting all of your efforts into either an Oxford, Cambridge or upper-tier Ivy League + Stanford/MIT/Caltech application instead.
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    (Original post by eloquent45)
    Relative to Oxbridge, ofc.
    You have a high-schooler's perception of prestige. When you get even remotely closely to working or academia, you'll see that each university has its ups and downs, even within an otherwise seemingly strong department. I'd much rather study Engineering at Imperial than Oxford.

    No idea why intake is relevant here. Your point about entry requirements is interesting, given that US institutions that are seen as superior to Imperial assess applications on the basis of the much easier SAT examinations.

    The reputation difference won't change in the foreseeable future. Oxbridge have the benefit of age, distinctive architecture, and the like. They also have the benefit of being caught in the popular mind through media and entertainment. Yet another reason why you shouldn't care about what the irrelevant man in the street thinks about your university. They're not the ones teaching you or assessing your future applications.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    It isn't? News to me.
    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Likewise.



    I haven't met a single international student that looks down on Imperial.



    Bit of a silly comparison. Imperial is superior enough to stand on its own two feet without being compared to Oxbridge... Not to mention how Imperial is a fairly specialised institution (STEM, Medicine and Business) compared to comprehensives like Oxford and Cambridge...
    A lot of the international students and students outside the UK haven't heard of Imperial before it came to applying
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    You have a high-schooler's perception of prestige. When you get even remotely closely to working or academia, you'll see that each university has its ups and downs, even within an otherwise seemingly strong department. I'd much rather study Engineering at Imperial than Oxford.

    No idea why intake is relevant here.

    The reputation difference won't change in the foreseeable future. Oxbridge have the benefit of age, distinctive architecture, and the like. They also have the benefit of being caught in the popular mind through media and entertainment. Yet another reason why you shouldn't care about what the irrelevant man in the street thinks about your university. They're not the ones teaching you or assessing your future applications.
    .. and that’s exactly why I wasn’t asking ‘which is better: oxbridge or imp’. I was just curious about their global reputations and stuff. Thank you for your response, though. I wonder if I would receive similar responses if I start the corrsponding convo in Oxbridge sub-forum.
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    (Original post by angelike1)
    A lot of the international students and students outside the UK haven't heard of Imperial before it came to applying
    Hmm. What are you studying out of curiosity? Imperial is quite well known amongst home/international CompScis here at Edinburgh.
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    (Original post by angelike1)
    A lot of the international students and students outside the UK haven't heard of Imperial before it came to applying
    This is v true.
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Hmm. What are you studying out of curiosity? Imperial is quite well known amongst home/international CompScis here at Edinburgh.
    Med but you mingle with everyone at halls.
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    (Original post by angelike1)
    A lot of the international students and students outside the UK haven't heard of Imperial before it came to applying
    Imperial is extremely well-known in Europe (at least the parts I come from). Well, when I say well-known, it's not as well-known as Oxbridge, but then again that's among ordinary plebs whose opinions on HE are about as relevant as my dog's. Everyone in what I like to call the liberal metropolitan elite (i.e. the people who actually matter) has heard of it.

    I'm not entirely sure about the point of this thread. Everyone seems to agree that Oxbridge have a stronger brand than Imperial, and there's no sign of this changing anytime soon.
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    (Original post by JohanGRK)
    Imperial is extremely well-known in Europe (at least the parts I come from). Well, when I say well-known, it's not as well-known as Oxbridge, but then again that's among ordinary plebs whose opinions on HE are about as relevant as my dog's. Everyone in what I like to call the liberal metropolitan elite (i.e. the people who actually matter) has heard of it.

    I'm not entirely sure about the point of this thread. Everyone seems to agree that Oxbridge have a stronger brand than Imperial, and there's no sign of this changing anytime soon.
    the only thing that differs between the two groups is the ‘history’. period.
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