International

International applicants

Funke Elizabeth Dacosta

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

Loughborough University is one of the best universities in the United Kingdom. It was rated 13th in UK in 2014 and Mechanical engineering was rated 11th in the same year. It is well recognised for research and has received several awards in that regards. The school is rated as England’s best student experience for six consecutive years and I wanted to experience it too.

How would you describe life at Loughborough to a prospective student?

Loughborough University has adequate teaching aids; software enabled systems, functional visual aids, projectors and internet facilities everywhere on campus. The University library is well equipped for research, reading and seminar. The school provides opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Loughborough University is a very social place to be with friendly people everywhere. The school is a peaceful place with transport facilities around the campus. Nigeria is the second largest international student population here, helping Nigerian students to relate and adapt easily.

Samuel Adema

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

I found, through personal research, that the University had a very impressive reputation. I had also followed the research work in the department of Computer Science and saw that a lot of ground breaking research was going on here. I was really impressed and wanted to be part of this kind of activity.

How would you best describe life at Loughborough to a prospective student?

This is a great place to study. Learning under world-class researchers in Science and Engineering has been very rewarding.  Every module I have taken here has had an extensive practical component where I get the chance to gain hands-on experience on the things I learn in class. The learning facilities are state-of-the-art. Working with people from so many other parts of the world has been interesting as well.

Loughborough University has a very vibrant social atmosphere. There are lots of activities to engage in. The students are lively and bubbly.

For someone who wants a really satisfying academic experience in a peaceful and beautiful environment, Loughborough is the place to be.

Busayo Olarinde

Programme / Course (s) studied

Accounting and Financial Management (Bsc)

Year of Study

2nd year

Why did you choose to come to Loughborough to study?

The support I received from Loughborough International Office while I was at Loughborough College made it easy for me to select my course at the university. I attended a few events at the university and I found everyone friendly. I also chose the university because it is highly ranked for my degree course and it is a campus 2- university.

Why did you choose to study your programme?

I had always been interested in studying Accounting or Economics. I liked the structure of the course in Loughborough and the opportunity to undertake a placement as a part of my degree.

How have you found the teaching on your course?

I have found the lecturers to be very approachable and also willing to provide support.

What sort of support and help did you receive to help you adjust to living and studying in the UK?

The International office organised an orientation evening for international students. As I was under 18 years old I was assigned an additional personal tutor who was responsible for my welfare and who I could speak to about any difficulties. The fresher helpers in my accommodation also gave me general guidance about my hall and the location of different things on campus.

How have you found the student experience at Loughborough? What have you been involved in outside of your degree?

Great! I work as a student ambassador for both the university and the business school. As a member of the Consulting society I volunteered to provide social media training to a small company in Loughborough. I am also Loughborough’s Alumni and Employability Vice Chair.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? How will your Loughborough experience help with this?

I hope to become an Internal Auditor. I believe that the knowledge and experience I gain in Loughborough and on my placement would help me achieve this.

What do you enjoy most about your time at Loughborough?

I’ll say being a student ambassador as I get to meet and work with people from different culture and backgrounds. I also particularly enjoy working with the high school students and sharing my student experience with them. I enjoy planning events with my committee. I love the feeling of living on campus.

To anyone considering Loughborough for their degree, I say:

Go for it! Loughborough offers a lot of opportunities so get involved and don’t be afraid to try new things. What you put in determines what you get out.

Iniobong James Ikpeh

Programme / Course (s) studied

Ph.D. Civil & Building Engineering (Research focus on Water Resources in WEDC)

Year of Study

2nd Year

Why did you choose to come to Loughborough to study?

I wanted a supervisor who is interested in the area of research I was interested in, and I found one here at Loughborough. I later discovered Loughborough has a WEDC research group with specific interest on issues of water resources in developing countries. This specific focus made me choose Loughborough University.

Why did you choose to study your programme?

I wanted to continue from the interest I developed from my undergraduate studies, blending that with challenges in developing countries, that research would contribute to bring solutions.

How have you found the teaching on your course?

I don’t necessarily have teaching modules but as a research student, I have numerous training modules to choose from and improve my research skills.

What sort of support and help did you receive to help you adjust to living and studying in the UK?

I got all the help I needed from the Research Student Office in regards to my application and before arrival at Loughborough. They did an excellent job to get me here. 

On arrival, I was supported to get the accommodation I needed, and the Student Advice Centre has been helpful in finding solutions to any challenge I have while studying.

I have also benefited from seminars organised by School of Civil and Building Engineering, as well as the Doctoral College.

The Careers fairs hosted on campus, has alerted me to opportunities available to me as a student of Loughborough University.

How have you found the student experience at Loughborough? What have you been involved in outside of your degree?

Indeed, it has been a life-long learning experience for me to study at Loughborough University. The facilities and learning support has been excellent, no wonder Loughborough keeps its rating for Best Student Experience in the UK.

I have been a Student Ambassador for the Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions Team at Loughborough University where I have had opportunities to guide campus tours, take part in telephone campaigns to encourage other prospective students to join me here at Loughborough. I supplement my income with payments I receive while gaining valuable skills.

Also, I have been involved in the Coaching and Volunteers Academy at Loughborough Sports with the latest being my participation as a volunteer in the UK School games 2016.

I am a member of Hub Committee at School of Civil & Building Engineering.

In addition to these, I have participated in the Loughborough Students Union Action Week 2016 where I joined other volunteers to raise money for Charity to repair a house in the UK whose roof was blown away by strong winds.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? How will your Loughborough experience help with this?

I hope to be involved in policy and administrative roles in the water sector to contribute to delivering safe water for use in domestic or industrial settings. I will also impart knowledge gained in Loughborough in an institution of higher learning as a tutor. I hope to utilize the industrial partnerships at Loughborough University to support my future prospects. Also, the tutorial method at Loughborough University supports all learning styles, and I hope to apply these in future.

What do you enjoy most about your time at Loughborough?

I have enjoyed the culture of support in the University. At every area of student life, the university is set up to support your learning. This is as unique to me as an international student.

To anyone considering Loughborough for their degree, I say:

I will inform any prospective student that Loughborough is the place to nurse his/her ambition to reality. Furthermore, Loughborough University’s campus has facilities to support you in any area you might be interested.

Any prospective student needs to look up the numerous awards earned by the University, and the continuous drive towards excellence by maintaining top positions in national university rankings.

Lastly, students from over 100 countries are experiencing a unique time of their lives here at Loughborough University, you will be glad to choose Loughborough.

Anything else you would like included:

I have found that the support to students here at Loughborough is unique and far different from my previous experience at another university in the UK. Everything is set up to support students to learn and be prepared for life after graduation.

Current student Olumide also shares his experience of being a Loughborough University Student Ambassador.

You can find out how he got involved here.

Loughborough alumni Laju now works for Morgan Stanley.

Laju shares how his time at Loughborough helped to progress in his career. Read more here.